Motorists in Ontario might find reports of a significant increase in serious car accidents in a neighbouring province alarming. This year may prove to have more severe and catastrophic auto accidents than in the last 10 years. Injuries include amputations, spinal cord damage that cause paralysis and brain injuries — all of which are potentially life-changing.
Speeding is said to be the cause of many of these accidents. Several drivers have been fined for driving at speeds exceeding 150 km/h. Catastrophic injuries typically cause prolonged periods of hospitalization and even more time for recovery. Many brain injury victims need extended periods of therapy and rehabilitation to prepare them for living with the consequences of these types of car accidents.
According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 10 more lives were claimed in fatal crashes in the first half of this year compared to the same period in 2019. Many victims of catastrophic injuries can never go back to work, and they may even require 24-hour care. Furthermore, modifications to their homes might be necessary to accommodate wheelchairs and other medical equipment.
Victims of brain injuries or other life-changing injuries caused by car accidents might be able to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system. It is a complicated field of the law, which is typically best navigated by an experienced personal injury lawyer. Legal counsel with extensive experience in dealing with catastrophic injuries can ensure that the documented claims include current and future accident-related medical care and therapy expenses. Also, the claims could include the loss of income the victim would have earned had he or she not been injured.