Ottawa Car Accidents Lawyers

Ottawa Car Accidents LawyersMany people drive, and those that don’t are around cars a lot in their lives. We all know how destructive an unexpected car accident can be, causing travel difficulties, expensive repairs, injuries, and possibly even fatalities. Car accidents can be terrifying and stressful experiences, and sometimes injuries from accidents can cause lifelong consequences that require expensive medical care and treatment.

If you were injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, you have the right to file a claim and be compensated for your injuries, missed time from work, and current and future medical bills. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Ottawa today to discuss your case and decide your best move forward.

Whether you were injured in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident or as a pedestrian, our attorneys at Auger Hollingsworth have years of experience helping people receive the best possible settlement claim for their injuries. Book your free strategy session to speak to our firm and learn how we can help you get the most compensation possible.

Common Types of Car Accidents in Ontario

Millions of people drive in Canada every day, so it is inevitable that accidents will happen from time to time. Innocent drivers, passengers, or pedestrians who were wrongly injured because of another driver’s negligence have the right to file a claim and seek compensation.

Some of the most common types of car accidents include the following:

  • Roll-over accidents
  • Impaired driving or DUI
  • Improper lane changes
  • Rear impact accidents
  • Accidents involving commercial vehicles
  • Reckless driving accidents
  • Accidents between cars and bicyclists

No matter how good of a driver you are, you cannot prevent other drivers from making mistakes that put your safety in jeopardy. If you were involved in a car accident caused by another driver’s carelessness, speak with our experienced attorneys today and get started on filing your claim.

Common Car Accident Injuries

Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience that can lead to a variety of injuries that can vary in severity. Some are inconvenient, some debilitating, and some are life-altering. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:

  • Whiplash
  • Broken bones
  • Back and neck injury
  • Amputations
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Burns and disfigurement

These types of injuries can be painful and require expensive medical care and treatment, sometimes for many years after the accident. They can also cause you to miss work and lose wages. That’s why if you suffered any injuries because of the mistakes of another driver, you have the right to file a claim and be compensated. Work with an experienced car accident lawyer today to start your claim.

When to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer

There are several reasons why having a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Ottawa on your team is a good idea if you were injured in a car accident. Auger Hollingsworth car accident lawyers have represented thousands of clients in car accidents in Ottawa and recovered millions of dollars in claim settlements.

In other words, we understand what it takes to win your claim. Our meticulous case preparation and research combined with our aggressive representation in court have earned us a national reputation as some of the best personal injury lawyers in the country.

Furthermore, our previous experience in criminal defence and business law gives us perspective and in-depth experience in criminal and civil courtrooms. We can represent clients all over Ontario. If you were injured in a car accident and need help filing a claim, call us today to schedule a free consultation.


Free Consultation With Experienced Ottawa Car Accident Lawyers

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you need to find a lawyer you can trust to file your claim. Our personal injury lawyers Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger have represented clients throughout Ontario since 2004 to ensure they get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Insurance companies will most likely try to pay as little as possible in compensation, regardless of the severity of the injuries. Which is why working with a car accident lawyer is so important, to ensure that your interests are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Auger Hollingsworth as soon as possible after a vehicle accident to book your free consultation. We’ll meet with you wherever you’re comfortable, whether that’s in our office, in your own home, or in the hospital where you’re recovering.

We put your needs first, and you won’t pay anything unless and until you get a settlement or judgment.

What to Do After a Car Accident in Ottawa

Although many of us drive every day, we don’t always know what to do in the unfortunate event that we are in a car accident. The adrenaline that’s pumping through our veins after an accident can often make things even more confusing.

Here are some of the key steps you should take if you are involved in a car accident in Ottawa:

  • Get to safety and wait for medical personnel to arrive.
  • Record any information you can such as witness statements and contact information.
  • Take photographs of the scene of the accident, if possible.
  • Save all documents and records from doctor visits, hospital bills, and anything else related to your injury and medical care.
  • Keep a journal recording how you felt in the days that followed the accident.
  • Contact a personal injury attorney in Ottawa

It’s also important that you speak with your attorney before speaking with insurance agents. Insurance companies are out to save money, and they have a variety of tricks to complicate your claim and make it more difficult to recover the settlement you deserve.


Compensation for a Car Accident

One of the most common questions victims of car accidents in Ottawa ask is—how much is my claim worth? Unfortunately, there is no way to determine the exact amount of your claim beforehand. If you were wrongly injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation from two sources. They include:

Your Own Insurance

You may be entitled to make an accident benefits claim with your own insurance that can cover medical and rehabilitation costs, income replacement benefits, housekeeping, and more. These benefits are yours to claim regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

The At-Fault Party

The party responsible for the accident may be responsible for paying additional costs of the accident benefits insurance, medical rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, and other out-of-pocket expenses you had to pay for the accident. In some cases, family members may be entitled to compensation if they lost a caregiver or companion because of the accident.

Fault for Car Accidents in Ottawa

The core of a personal injury claim is determining fault: who is responsible for causing your accident. Anyone who is acting in a negligent manner can cause accidents. There are many sources and parties who may have partial or fully culpability in your accident. Some common sources of fault include:

  • Government – If the road conditions are dangerous or the roads haven’t been maintained, then the government itself and its agencies are the negligent party in your accident. They can be held accountable if they’ve failed in their duty to keep the road safe and hazard-free.
  • Dram shops – Anywhere that serves liquor has a duty to not over-serve their patrons. If they failed in that duty and it led to intoxicated driving, the establishment can potentially be held accountable alongside the intoxicated driver.
  • Drivers – Drivers who are drunk, texting, or otherwise distracted are guilty of careless driving until the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. Anyone who drives without “reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway” can be held at fault in the event of an accident (130.5).
  • Auto parts – If part of your car breaks and that causes the accident, there are a multitude of people who may be at fault. Including the car manufacturer, the part designer, your mechanic, or safety inspectors.

There are others who may be held liable for your accident, including rideshare companies and others. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Ottawa who can help you identify all possible areas of negligence to determine who is at fault, and help you get all the compensation you deserve after an accident. Contact us now to schedule your free consultation and learn how our lawyers can help you.

Sources of Compensation after a Car Accident

If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, you can be entitled to compensation, but you may be wondering, where does that money actually come from? And how much is your claim worth?

There’s a few possible sources of compensation after your accident. Two of the major ones include filing a no-fault accident claim, or a tort claim.

No-Fault Benefits

Since Ontario is a no-fault province when it comes to car insurance, you’ll be able to file a claim with your auto insurance provider regardless of who is at fault for your accident. So even if you were at fault for your accident, you can still collect no-fault insurance from your provider. 

Some common types of claimable no-fault insurance benefits include: 

  • Accident-related medical expenses
  • Income replacement
  • Cost of attendant care and caregiver services

There are certain limits on the coverage and compensation you can claim based on the severity of your injuries, so it’s best to speak to a personal injury lawyer to learn if there’s additional compensation you can claim after an accident.

Negligence Tort Claims in Ottawa

A tort claim is a legal filing that records an act that has caused injury or general harm to another party. Generally, its purpose is to provide compensation to the injured party, or bring the negligent party to justice. In the case of a car accident and personal injury claim, the it becomes a negligence tort claim.

A tort claim will cover damages that aren’t included by no-fault accident insurance. Those damages are known as non-pecuniary losses – or basically, non-economic losses. Losses that aren’t measurable in expenses or lost income, such as psychological damage (trauma) or pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of future earning potential, diminished quality of life, disfigurement or scarring, and much more. 

It’s important to speak to an experienced car accident lawyer in Ottawa to ensure you understand fault in your accident, and can seek the proper compensation. Contact Auger Hollingsworth today to schedule your free consultation, and don’t forget that we don’t get paid until we earn you a settlement or judgement.

Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents

What does a car accident lawyer do?

A car accident lawyer represents the victims of a car accident in court by filing personal injury claims and seeing the case through until there is a judgment. The main goal of a car accident lawyer is to seek compensation to cover accident-related expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, disability, pain and suffering, and vehicle replacement or repair.

In general, a car accident lawyer supports their clients by:

  • Offering legal advice
  • Assessing the extent of damages
  • Representing clients in court
  • Negotiating a settlement

Contact Auger Hollingsworth today to claim your free consultation and learn how our experienced personal injury lawyers can help you seek compensation after your car accident.

Do I need a car accident lawyer?

There’s no law that mandates you need to have a lawyer if you’re seeking compensation after an accident. But, as with many other things, training and experience will give a car accident lawyer an advantage in court and put them in a better position to win the case and get their accident victim all the compensation they deserve after an accident.

One thing that makes many people hesitate to work with a car accident lawyer is, of course, the fees. But many personal injury lawyers work on contingency fee basis, which means they only get paid if the client receives compensation. And even after they collect their cut of the compensation, in most cases the client will still walk away with the majority of the money themselves, which makes working with a lawyer worth it in the end.

Do I need a car accident lawyer after a minor accident?

Whether a car accident is “minor” or not generally doesn’t matter when it comes to a car accident case. What matters is if there are injuries. If you’re injured, even in a minor accident, working with a car accident lawyer is the best choice to help ensure you’re properly represented and get the compensation you deserve.

If your car accident case is going to court, it’s best to speak to a personal injury lawyer to make sure you’re properly represented.

What should I look for in a car accident lawyer?

Once you decide to hire a car accident lawyer, the next step is to choose a firm and lawyer to handle your case. But how do you choose? There are many options of firms and it can seem, on the surface, as though they’re all the same, which can make the choice feel downright overwhelming.

When selecting a car accident law firm, you should look for the following things:

  • Do they have a proven track record?
  • Do they have experience handling similar cases?
  • Are they communicative and responsive?
  • What is their fee structure? Do they offer free consultations?
  • Are they available to take your case?

You can start your search online and find the answers to many, if not all, of your questions there. Then you can set up a consultation to get the answers to any questions you have left. Make sure you find a lawyer you can trust to handle your case.

Contact Augers Hollingsworth at +1 (613) 233-4529 to set up your free consultation and learn more about car accident compensation.

How do I file a car accident lawsuit?

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident, it’s natural to wonder how the process of filing works. It can seem intimidating at first glance, but a car accident attorney can help walk you through every step of the process and seek the compensation you deserve after your injury.

The generalized process for filing a car accident lawsuit is as follows:

  • A complaint is filed.
  • The complaint is served to the defendant.
  • The defendant responds to the complaint.
  • Relevant case information is exchanged by both parties.
  • The trial is held.
  • A judgment or settlement is reached.

Contact Augers Hollingsworth today to set up your free consultation and learn how our experienced car accident lawyers can help you file your case.

To determine the claim amount, the amount of your damages and the extent of your injuries will be considered.

 A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help you negotiate the best settlement or fight for a higher claim amount in court.

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Ottawa Car Accident Lawyers: Office Information

Downtown Ottawa

304 O’Connor Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 1V7
613-706-6800 (24/7 support)


1443 Woodroffe Avenue
Nepean, Ontario K2G 1W1
613-706-6800 (24/7 support)


Mon: 9AM – 6PM
Tues: 9AM – 6PM
Weds: 9AM – 6PM
Thurs: 9AM – 6PM
Fri: 9AM – 6PM
Sat/Sun: Closed

Other Service Locations

Related Services Ottawa Personal Injury Services:

Pedestrian Accidents

If you were a pedestrian and struck by a car or other type of motor vehicle and suffered an injury due to the driver’s negligence, learn how we can support you after your injury.

Truck Accidents

Accidents involving commercial trucks such as semis, dump trucks, or other large trucks can add a layer of complexity to a standard car accident claim.

Bicycle Accidents

If you were injured by a car while you were riding on your bicycle, you may end up with more serious injuries and yet more legal complexities regarding who is at fault.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Ottawa today

Auger Hollingsworth personal injury attorneys have tried hundreds of cases in Ottawa, and know-how to navigate the law for your benefit. The Ottawa auto accident lawyers with Brenda Hollingsworth and Richard Auger are always nearby and will provide you with a free consultation without any obligation.  Call us at +1 (613) 233-4529. We look forward to discussing your case with you.

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