Car accidents in Ontario often cause bone fractures and other injuries that are apparent and treated immediately. However, brain injuries are not always visible and may go unnoticed at first, especially when victims decline trips to the hospital. When there’s mo obvious damage to the skull, brain injury symptoms could remain hidden for days or weeks. When discovered later on, they might not even be linked to the auto accident.
According to safety authorities, the primary cause of disabilities and death in people younger than 44 years is brain injuries. Brain injuries are significantly more common than HIV/AIDS, spinal cord injuries and breast cancer. Furthermore, statistics show that four in 10 survivors of traumatic brain injuries suffered the injuries in car accidents.
As many as 50% of auto collisions in Ontario are reported to be caused by distracted driving. While many types of distractions can cause crashes, texting seems to be most prevalent and is considered akin to driving blind for several seconds. Drivers might not realize that at a speed of 60 kph, the vehicle covers 50 metres in just a few seconds. That is equal to half the distance across a football field.
Sadly, distracted drivers do not consider the fact that those few seconds could cause an accident that may change the rest of another person’s life. Victims of brain injuries in Ontario might have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits when the evidence suggests another party to the accident was negligent. The prospect might seem daunting, but a lawyer who has extensive experience in fighting for maximum damage recovery for victims of brain injuries can navigate the ensuing legal proceedings and advocate for the client.