A rush hour car accident turned into a multi-vehicle pile-up in Mississauga recently. On Friday, October 25, a whopping 17 vehicles became embroiled in a cascading series of events that began when a black SUV hit several other cars, bounced off a storefront and then hit a utility pole near Dundas and Hurontario Streets. At least 12 people were sent to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and one of the vehicles involved was a public transit bus.
Days later, police were still investigating the cause of the horrendous multi-vehicle accident and it took days for them to decide whether or not to charge the driver of the SUV. Such a complicated car crash presents a real problem to investigators looking for clear answers as to who was responsible.
But that doesn’t matter since we have no-fault insurance in Ontario – right? Actually, wrong. No-fault insurance is a bit of a misnomer. All it means in practice is that you’ll deal with your own insurance company regardless of who is at fault so that you’ll be able to access benefits much more quickly.
It actually does matter who is at fault in a motor vehicle collision.
- The insurance companies (between them) will determine who is at fault regardless of whether there is a police investigation or not.
- If you are found entirely or partially responsible for a car accident, it goes on your insurance record and your premiums may go up.
- If you are found to be 100% innocent of causing the accident, you may be able to sue the party deemed responsible for some accident benefits, including pain and suffering, loss of income and future earnings.
In an accident as complex as the rush hour pile-up, how many levels of responsibility will there be?
Even a Single Car Accident Can Get Complicated
A two car collision or even a single motor vehicle accident can involve complex issues and situations. You need expert help on your side.
When it comes to injuries, many times low speed rush hour accidents like this one may seem to involve only minor cuts, abrasions and bruising. However, soft tissue injuries may only become apparent after a period of time.
- Since your time to submit a claim is limited, we strongly advise you to seek medical attention right away and get our help.
In Case of An Accident…
Have you been involved in a car or motor vehicle accident? Let us bring our expertise to your case. Car accident cases can get very complex and you only have a limited time to make a claim.
You need to contact a lawyer right away if you have been involved in a car accident. Your own legal representation will ensure that your interests are considered in any final arrangement – you owe it to yourself to get professional help.
We Focus On Car & Motor Vehicle Accidents
Petrillo Law has been providing competent, caring legal advice to car accident victims in Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and across Ontario for over 20 years. We can evaluate a case to determine whether it meets the provincial threshold required to start a lawsuit as well as represent injured people who have been denied accident benefits by their own insurance company.
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