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When you are reeling from a sudden, severe injury caused by a car or truck, you may not know what to do next. If you are badly hurt (such as broken bones, a spinal cord injury, or a traumatic brain injury) and hospitalized, your medical treatment and recovery are your priorities. Not knowing what the future might hold, you will benefit from advice from a lawyer who can provide much-needed objective insight and guidance for the road ahead. The lawyers at Mann Lawyers advise Ottawa and Eastern Ontario accident victims on the important next steps following accidental injury.

Laying the groundwork and moving forward

A car accident claim is a complex legal process, and a lawyer from Mann Lawyers will help you gain access to the full range of benefits you need to recover. In addition to no-fault benefits, in cases of severe injury, we may recommend that you to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused your injury. In order to prepare a strong legal claim on your behalf, we collect evidence of how your accident happened, including police reports and witness statements. We may need to hire an accident reconstruction expert to visit the accident scene to take pictures and measurements. The sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can start investigating what happened.

Even after a minor collision it can be hard to think clearly so you need to know what to do and what questions to ask in advance, just in case you are ever involved in a collision.  Knowing what to do at the scene of a collision will help you stay calm and ensure that you get the information your lawyer may need.

Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” to remember if you are involved in a collision:

Do:

  • Stay calm. Others involved in the accident may be in shock or experiencing severe anxiety. You should try to be the calming influence at the scene.
  • Check with each of your passengers to see if anyone is injured or requires medical attention.
  • If you can, turn on your hazard lights.
  • If it is safe to exit your vehicle and you are able to do so, check with the passengers of any other vehicle(s) involved to see if anyone is injured or requires medical attention.
  • Put out flares and / or warning triangles.
  • Call 911 to report the accident, the extent of the damage, and if anyone requires medical attention.
  • Request that the police attend the scene if there are any injuries or if there is more than $2,000 in damage. If you suspect that another driver has broken the law in some way (such as driving while impaired) then you are required to call the police.
  • If the vehicles can be driven safely, move them off the road to allow traffic to pass.
  • Exchange information with the other driver(s) involved. You need to get:
    • names,
    • addresses,
    • phone numbers,
    • licence numbers,
    • insurance company name and policy number.
  • Get the names and contact information of any witnesses.
  • Make a record of what anyone else says at the scene which may be relevant to determining how the collision occurred.
  • Take photographs of the accident scene, including the people involved, the vehicles, the road conditions, and any other important details.
  • If the police prepare a report, read it carefully and point out any errors in it before signing it.
  • Get the officer’s business card with their name, badge number and contact information.
  • If your car is towed from the scene, get the name, location and contact information of the towing company.

Don’t:

  • Move anyone who is injured, as movement may aggravate an injury. You can cover them with towels or blankets then wait for paramedics to arrive.
  • Stand on the road to talk to the other driver(s) or look at the vehicle damage.
  • Accept an offer from the other driver to pay for the damage to your vehicle.
  • Argue with other drivers, passengers or witnesses. Keep conversations short and factual.
  • Take responsibility for the collision.
  • Sign statements in which you acknowledge being at fault for the accident.
  • Promise to pay for damage to another vehicle.

As your advocates, we do more than just work to secure you appropriate compensation. We connect you to the right medical professionals and rehabilitation therapists to ensure that your recovery is as quick and successful as possible. During your period of rehabilitation, we work to secure the financial resources you need to support yourself and your family when you are unable to continue with your employment.

Mann Lawyers is a respected Ottawa law firm dedicated to ethics, integrity and results in legal practice. We offer a free initial consultation for potential clients with personal injury claims. To arrange a meeting about your injury claim, contact us by phone at (613) 722-1500 or 1-888-420-0577 (toll-free) or by email at personalinjury@mannlawyers.com

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Frequently Asked Questions

What sorts of injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents?

This depends on the severity of the accident and there are several factors to consider including speed, impact velocity, vehicle weight and much more. The resulting injuries can include everything from fractures and broken ribs to traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injuries, just to name a few. There is no predicting the outcome of motor vehicle accidents and, as a result, medical costs and recovery times vary from patient to patient. The lawyers on our team have helped clients from a vast range of accident backgrounds secure fair and appropriate compensation, and we are here to help you regain peace of mind and financial security for the time and money spent on recovery.

In what other ways can Mann Lawyers help me?

In addition to helping you obtain appropriate damages related to your injuries as well as assisting you with denials of your accident benefits, we will work with reputable healthcare professionals to help support your recovery. We are also happy to consult with rehabilitation therapists, psychologists and other experts to ensure you have everything you need to regain control of your everyday life. In that sense, we are not just personal injury lawyers: Each of our lawyers also strives to be a receptive, knowledgeable contact with all the necessary connections.

How can I prove that someone was negligent and caused my accident?

It is important to use the facts to demonstrate the truth when it comes to personal injury law. When faced with a motor vehicle accident, fault is determined through the collection and legal analysis of supporting evidence. Personal injury law has also established several “causes of action,” which simply means that certain facts are recognized as creating liability. Once we have the evidence and know the facts, our team of experienced lawyers can help you determine an appropriate course of action.

What if my case goes to court?

Typically, personal injury cases do not go to court – settlements are often reached before this occurs. In fact, only a small percentage of personal injury cases reach trial as the civil litigation process is geared to resolving disputes outside of court with a reasonable settlement. That said, we highly recommend planning and organizing your case as if it were going to trial, as the defense lawyer for the negligent party may otherwise take advantage of lack of preparation in a court setting.

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