Careless driving is a serious problem on Ontario roadways. Unfortunately, not all motorists drive with caution. Some drive recklessly and this may lead to motor vehicle accidents, and possibly severe injuries for innocent victims.
Beginning September 1, 2018, the Ontario government began enforcing tougher penalties for careless drivers and motorists. The government is optimistic that increasing punishments for those who drive carelessly will help prevent reckless accidents that lead to serious personal injuries and sometimes death.
Drivers that are convicted under new careless driving charges could face fines between $2,000 and $50,000, and up to two years in jail. Those convicted can also receive six demerit points and a driver’s licence suspension for up to five years. Previous penalties were fines set at a maximum of $2,000 and up to six months in jail.
Of special significance are the new changes to penalties for those endangering pedestrians. Drivers caught failing to yield to pedestrians at cross walks, school crossings, and crossovers could receive four demerit points and be fined up to $1,000. Previously, drivers were reprimanded with three demerit points and a $500 fine.
CARELESS DRIVING IN ONTARIO
Section 130 of Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act defines careless driving as operating an automobile or street vehicle without providing due care, attention or reasonable consideration for others using the road or highway.
A few examples of careless driving, include the following:
DAMAGES IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE
Injuries resulting from careless driving accidents may be quite serious. Common careless driving accident injuries may include:
These types of injuries typically require extensive medical attention, and may include long-term rehabilitation. These injuries may also impact your ability to work, now and in the future.
If someone’s careless driving caused a motor vehicle accident and subsequent injuries to you, you may have grounds for a personal injury legal claim. Filing a personal injury claim allows you to seek compensation for your injuries, as well as other losses associated with the accident.
Compensatory damages, those damages that are designed to reimburse the plaintiff (person who brings a case against another in a court of law) for losses caused by the accident, include compensation for financial, physical, and emotional losses. These may include:
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A CARELESS DRIVER:
If you have been injured in motor vehicle accident and are the victim of a careless driver, Jasmine Daya & Co. recommends that you take the following steps:
If a driver who caused your accident was not charged with careless driving, he/she may still be held liable for the accident and the resulting damages and losses. Drivers who operate their vehicles in an unsafe or careless manner can be held liable for the damages caused in a careless driving accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a careless driver, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Jasmine Daya & Co.. We can help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. To discuss a personal injury matter please contact our office online or at 416-967-9100 to schedule an appointment today.