A fender bender accident is typically defined as a minor accident that does not result in any major damage to the vehicles or drivers. That being said, the damage caused by a fender bender can oftentimes end up being much more serious than it originally appears. For instance, seemingly low grade injuries can remain for years to come, causing the victim serious and significant distress.
Some injuries, like whiplash, may even be invisible to the naked eye at first, yet eventually cause a real problem. And of course, being in any type of accident, regardless of what kind, can be a scary and psychologically taxing ordeal. Even relatively minor fender bender accidents can have major repercussions and need to be taken seriously.
If you have been in an accident such as this, a fender bender accident attorney can review the specific details of your claim and inform you on how to move forward. Even if you're uncertain that you have a case, it's wise to contact an attorney to guarantee you are not missing out on any possible compensation.
At First Law Group, we can fight to protect your legal rights, and possibly win you compensation that covers medical bills, compensation, and the cost of your suffering. Call us today for a free initial consultation.
Who is Liable for a Fender Bender?
As with all accidents, identifying fault and liability for a fender bender is sometimes easy, and in some cases incredibly complicated. Typically, if one motorist is in clear breach of the law or exhibiting extreme negligence, they will most likely be considered liable. But it's not always so clear.
It's not unusual for fender benders to happen in parking lots. The combination of parked cars, pedestrians, and cars moving in all directions makes it fertile ground for this kind of accident. What's more, a parking lot fender bender accident is commonly a situation where liability is difficult to identify. For instance, imagine that two vehicles back out towards one another at the same time and their bumpers meet. In a case like this, establishing fault is difficult and will require a closer assessment of the situation. Was one motorist distracted? Was one pulling out in the wrong direction? Do they both claim they were backing out first?
If a motorist is pulling in or out of a parking space, that driver has a duty of care to examine their surroundings and determine a safe moment to make their move. If they hit a vehicle driving through the parking lot, the driving pulling in and out is probably at fault. However, this can be contested if their vision was obstructed, for instance.
In the case of a rear-end accident, the rear driver is most usually responsible, but not always. Maybe the motorist ahead reversed into the rear car, or was driving with faulty brake lights, making it hard for the rear motorist to know they were stopping. Maybe they were distracted or driving under the influence. In situations like these, it's possible for the lead motorist to be found responsible.
What Kind of Compensation Can My Attorney Get Me?
Your fender bender accident attorney will examine your case and gather all necessary evidence in order to obtain you the most compensation possible. They might talk to witnesses, examine your medical records, or look at CCTV footage of the accident. All of this can help build a case to present the monetary losses you've experienced because of the accident. These losses may come in the form of medical costs, property damage (such as damage to your vehicle or anything inside it), as well as the cost of your pain and suffering. Your lawyer will explore winning you compensation that covers all of this.
What First Law Group Can Do For You
Being a victim of any kind of accident is, undoubtedly, an awful experience, but you should not have to go through it by yourself. You deserve the best when it comes to who is defending your legal rights and fighting for your financial compensation.
Here at First Law Group, we are dedicated to bringing you top of the line legal services and ensuring that you receive the justice you are owed. Your Ontario fender bender lawyer will help make sure that you navigate the legal and insurance systems smoothly and acquire maximum financial compensation. Our team of highly skilled attorneys and excellent legal support staff will work relentlessly for you. We have an excellent record of verdicts and settlements, and we do not get paid unless you win.
We stand with victims of all accidents. Please do not hesitate to reach out to First Law Group to discuss your fender bender accident and learn how we can be of service in protecting your interests. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation.
At the First Law Group, the client comes first. Contact us today for a free case evaluation where we will discuss your health needs first, then get you the compensation you deserve.