A tragic fatal car accident on the 401 near Prescott killed a 57 year old man this week, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Early reports indicate that the severe winter weather is to blame for the motor vehicle accident which also injured other people.
What Happens when Weather Causes an Accident?
The truth is that weather itself is rarely considered the official cause of a collision, although it is frequently cited as a factor in an Ottawa car accident. Driver error in light of the weather, improperly cleared roads and / or mechanical malfunction are far more likely to be the true causes of serious winter Ottawa car accidents.
What If I am injured in an Ottawa car accident in a snow storm?
Regardless of who or what caused the Ottawa car accident, you will be able to access the statutory accident benefits. These are the no fault benefits that are available to virtually everyone after an accident, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians and even those rugged winter cyclists if they have an accident involving a motor vehicle. The statutory accident benefits also include certain death benefits in the unfortunate situation where the accident is fatal.
If you are not at fault in the accident, you may also have a claim against the driver who was at fault. In certain winter situations, there can also be a claim against the government responsible for clearing the roads if road conditions played a part in the accident and if the roads were not cleared to the appropriate standard.
Speak to an Ottawa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a winter storm accident to get the information you need to determine if you have a claim for damages (compensation). Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are available at 613 860-4529. We offer free no-obligation consultations in our convenient barrier-free Ottawa office. If you prefer to meet by telephone, we offer that option as well.