Ottawa Car Accident & Truck Accident Lawyers
Every year, thousands of people in Ontario are injured in car and truck accidents. This means that thousands of families are left to deal with the physical, emotional and financial consequences of these traumatic events. The stress that follows an automobile accident can be overwhelming for anyone affected and can often leave those injured and their loved ones feeling alone or helpless for a long time.
The personal injury lawyers at Tierney Stauffer LLP have been representing clients injured in car and truck accidents for over 35 years. We take a unique approach to personal injury claims, focusing on securing compensation sufficient for each client’s long-term needs as opposed to looking for a quick settlement.
If you or someone you know has been in a car or truck accident, remember that you don’t have to face it alone. We will provide a reliable support system for you and your family. With our considerable experience handling motor vehicle accidents, we can provide the answers you are looking for, all while connecting you with the resources you need. Our lawyers will work with you to make sure that you can access the benefits you are entitled to while helping to relieve stress for you and your family along the way. Please also see our page on what to do after a car accident, to ensure you prioritize the steps that will help your case as soon as possible.
Common Injuries and Outcomes from Car Accidents and Truck Accidents
The long-term implications of injuries suffered in a car or truck accident can vary depending on the severity of the collision. Some accident victims are lucky enough to walk away with no more than a sprained wrist, while at other times they may encounter months or even years of rehabilitation. There may also be the risk of permanent damage to motor functions or use of limbs, which can result in a loss of employment and dependence on disability payments. Any recovery will result in taking time off work, leading to significant financial losses.
Emotional and Financial Stress Resulting from Car and Truck Accident Injuries
In addition, the emotional and financial impact of a car accident can be tremendous. Families may leave jobs or other duties to help a loved one recover, meaning a further loss of income. Alternatively, some treatments may not be entirely covered by healthcare insurance or other policies, and many families encounter financial hardship as a result. These are trying times for the mind and emotions tend to run higher, making for a much more exhausting and difficult situation for all involved. In that sense, a car or truck accident resulting in personal injury can cause extreme stress for an entire family as well as friends of those who have been hurt. In many cases the victims may never be able to return to the life they had before, effectively changing many lives forever.
Transport Truck Accidents
Ontario highways are consistently packed with large transport trucks. Although truck drivers are subject to strict licencing requirements and usually have far more driving experience than the average driver, truck accidents occur often. Because of the increased size and weight of trucks compared to smaller passenger vehicles, truck accidents are often far more deadly and catastrophic than other accidents. The risk of fatalities or severe injuries is significantly higher in collisions involving large trucks than for all other types of vehicles.
“Jackknifing” describes what happens to a tractor-trailer when the vehicle towing the trailer skids. The trailer can push from behind until it spins around to face backwards. The term comes from the action of folding a pocketknife into its handle. Jackknifing can be caused by several different factors, including equipment malfunction, improper braking, travelling at high speeds on steep curves or icy road conditions. A jackknife accident can cause severe injuries, fatalities and immeasurable destruction.
Truck Driver Fatigue & Hours of Work
Truck drivers are often required to work long hours without adequate rest or training. Drivers who are fatigued and overworked can and do cause devastating accidents on our roads. Sleep deprivation can have a similar effect on the body as alcohol intoxication, leading to reduced alertness and decreased response time. In the hands of a fatigued driver, a heavy truck can become a dangerous weapon.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall & North Bay Assisting Clients with Car Accident and Truck Accident Injuries
When negligence results in a truck accident, you and your family may be able to obtain compensation for any injuries sustained. It is recommended that you speak with a lawyer who is experienced in truck accidents as soon after your accident as possible. The personal injury lawyers at Tierney Stauffer LLP will advise you of the best course of action so that you can recover financially and move on with your life. Call us at 1-888-799-8057 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with a member of our personal injury team.