Cars are a necessity for most Newfoundlanders. What would Sunday drives with the family to outport communities be without our vehicles? What would life be without these moments to remember? Perfect, but for the times tragedy strikes. A car accident happens. A pedestrian is hit. A motorcyclist flies off his bike. A bicyclist is run off the road and tumbles down a hillside. Whatever the accident is, first, we hope for the best, and second, we hope for the ability to recover financially, emotionally and physically. An auto or auto-related accident can range from a minor fender-bender to the catastrophic collision.
If you have been injured in an auto accident that occurred in Newfoundland, personal injury lawyer Geoff Aylward will help you file your claim. An experienced lawyer as he is, lawyer Aylward will evaluate each accident on a case-by-case basis, develop legal arguments, and demand compensation that is fair and just in accordance with the law. He is a seasoned personal injury attorney who knows how to work with insurance adjusters and insurance providers' attorneys. He will help you navigate insurance regulations and statutes governing auto accident compensation in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Your interests are put first; he makes sure you receive the medical care necessary for recovery and the full compensation package necessary for getting your life back in order.
What types of accidents are represented?
Auto collisions happen in any type of automobile and in any number of ways. Lawyer Aylward specifically handles auto accidents involving passenger cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, large vehicles, and wild animals -- namely moose. His years in the practice are invaluable with respect to the knowledge he has gained, the insight he has accumulated, and the reputation he has earned.
Throughout Canada, car accidents occur each day. Since 1996, the year Transport Canada started collecting the data, there have been well-over 110,000 collisions each year that have resulted in personal injuries and well-over 1,500 collisions that have resulted in fatalities each year. In 2015, the total fatalities and personal injuries emanating from those collisions were 1,858 fatalities and 161,902 personal injuries, the latter of which 10,280 were serious. In Newfoundland and Labrador, these statistics break down to 11.1 fatalities and 906.2 injuries per 100,000 licensed drivers, making its rate of injuries one of the highest in Canada, second only to Manitoba.
In Canada, pedestrian deaths totaled 283 persons, which has been a result of a steady decline from 321 pedestrian fatalities in 2011. Child pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to injury and death. In fact, in Canada, one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths among children aged 14 and younger are pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians, which includes any person on foot whether walking or jogging, have the right of way at crosswalks, but when pedestrians are in close proximity to traffic, they should be mindful of busy roads and intersections. In many places throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, the streets are very narrow and unsafe for pedestrians. When it snows, safety further declines. But some people, including children, walk these streets to get from one place to another either because they prefer walking or because they must out of necessity.
Canada is a great place generally to ride bikes, whether for recreational or economic purposes. Newfoundland and Labrador particularly is a special location for bicyclists. The scenic views and clean air are perfect for this kind of transportation. But dangers exist. Narrow roads and distracted drivers pose a real threat to bicyclists. There were 47 fatalities in 2015 throughout Canada as a result of bicycle accidents, and exponentially more injuries. Injuries, if not fatal, tend to be serious for the obvious reason that a bicyclist has very little bodily protection, save a helmet.
Again, for the mere scenic value of it, Newfoundland and Labrador is a great place for motorcyclists. There is an abundance of motorcycle tours that tourists can attend. Apart from the pleasure of riding the motorcycle in scenic Newfoundland and Labrador, many people ride it for economic or cultural purposes. The same is true throughout Canada. Unfortunately, in 2015, there were 200 fatalities as a result of motorcycle accidents, and that number has steadily increased within the last five years from 175 in 2011. Like bicycle accidents, when a motorcyclist is in an accident, the danger of more serious injuries is present, but in the case of motorcycles, the seriousness of those injuries are exacerbated due to the increased speed of the motorcyclist, regardless if it is a single motorcycle accident or a multi-vehicle accident; the impact due to speed is significant when accompanied by very little protection, again, save a helmet.
Transport trucks, tractor trailers, buses, or equipment vehicles are taller with greater ground clearance and have the capacity to weigh 20-30 times more than a passenger vehicle. When collisions occur, the odds are persons in a passenger vehicle will sustain more serious injuries than persons in the truck simply because smaller vehicles are more vulnerable in these types of accidents. Large trucks are no stranger in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are numerous trucking companies employer truck drivers to transport cargo from place to place. In order to qualify as a truck driver, certain qualifications and conditions must be met because driving a large truck is unlike driving a passenger vehicle; it takes specialized training to safely operate a large truck.
There are hundreds of motor-vehicle accidents involving a moose yearly in Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only do serious injuries result from these accidents, but there have been a number of fatalities. Accidents with moose or moose-related accidents result in either primary collisions or secondary collisions. Primary collisions occur when the vehicle only hits the moose, and these collisions make up 55 percent of all moose accidents. Secondary accidents occur when (1) the vehicle hits another object after avoiding the moose, or (2) the vehicle hits another object after hitting the moose. Most injuries and fatalities occur when the vehicle strikes the moose and then strikes another object.
What common injuries result from auto accidents?
Injuries sustained from auto accidents can range from minimal injuries (e.g., bruising) to death. Lawyer Aylward pursues compensation for any and all injuries, regardless the complexity. He also has specific experience handling severe brain injuries, multiple fractures, soft tissue injuries and chronic pain. For these injuries, special care is required, and lawyer Aylward has the compassion to address the sensitive nature of the effects of injuries and has the knowledge to obtain the maximum compensation that the law affords victims in such circumstances.
Brain and spinal cord injuries are more common than you might think. Thousands suffer annually from them, and more than 50 percent are caused by auto or auto-related accidents. And for these thousands of individuals to be treated in Canada, it costs Canadians billions of dollars each year to cover healthcare and other associated costs. Sometimes, brain and spinal cord injuries can get better with treatment and eventually the patient will return to life almost as usual. More often, however, patients suffer from their injuries for the duration of their natural life with some getting mildly better and others declining in health. Long term care and treatment are necessary, thus, the reason for such high medical costs.
The loss of a loved one can bring unexpected hardship to a family dependent on that loved one. If a family member was fatally wounded in an auto accident, surviving family members can file a claim for wrongful death benefits with the insurance company. These claims can request compensation for the loss of support and services of the deceased loved family member.
You Have Rights.
If you or a loved one is involved in an auto accident caused by the carelessness or negligence of another person, the first thing for you to understand is: you have rights. You have the right to be compensated. You have the right to file a claim. You have the right to file a lawsuit if needed. No one has the right to tell you otherwise. You need to seek the advice of a lawyer experienced in these matters. Speak to a lawyer before speaking to the other insurance company. Contact Personal Injury Lawyer Geoff Aylward today. If you need immediate after-hours assistance, Lawyer Geoff Aylward can be reached by text at 709-743-1708 or by email at [email protected]