Toronto Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Motor vehicle accidents are too common. McLeish Orlando stands up for those suffering injuries from auto accidents, including accidents caused by distracted drivers.

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Motor vehicle accidents occur on a daily basis in Ontario. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation reported a total of 23,689 fatal and personal injury collisions in 2020, and 34,130 in 2019. These motor vehicle collisions caused the death of 535 people in 2020 and 582 in 2019. Just because motor vehicle accidents are common does not mean they should be tolerated.

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What Makes Motor Vehicle Accidents so Dangerous?

One of the dangers associated with driving in Ontario is that a wide variety of vehicles are permitted on the roads. Cars, motorcycles, transport trucks, SUVs, ATVs, buses, and more are all permitted to drive together in various areas.

This can lead to devastating motor vehicle collisions involving vehicles that are much larger, heavier, and more powerful than others.

Motor vehicle accidents can lead to serious, life-altering, and in many cases, fatal injuries. Some of the common motor vehicle accident personal injuries include: catastrophic back, head, brain, neck injuries, or broken bones. Motor vehicle accidents can also lead to life-altering mental trauma and cognitive changes.

Causes of Serious Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries

Car, truck, motorcycle, and bus accidents occur every day, resulting in varying degrees of injury or, too often, death.  Most accidents are caused by the negligence, carelessness, or willful disregard of others.

Some of the most frequent scenarios that result in a motor vehicle crash in Toronto include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Lack of attention
  • Poor road design or conditions
  • Intentional harm due to road rage
  • Impaired drivers

Our experienced Toronto motor vehicle accident lawyers are retained to deal with such cases. If you find yourself or your loved one in a situation where injuries have been suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should speak to a motor vehicle accident lawyer immediately. You can contact our office for a free consultation with an experienced Toronto motor vehicle accident lawyer.

Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents

ATV and Snowmobile Accidents

The landscape and weather of Ontario makes riding ATVs and snowmobiles an extremely popular recreational activity. While these activities are enjoyable and thrilling, they can also be incredibly dangerous.

Due to the speeds involved, ATV accidents and snowmobile accidents can lead to serious personal injuries including a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, amputation, bone fractures, or internal wounds.

If you have been injured in an ATV or snowmobile accident because of a negligent driver or negligent property owner, you are entitled to sue them to recover a variety of damages including damages for pain and suffering, loss of income, and the cost of medical care. You may also be entitled to no-fault accident benefits to assist with your recovery process and income replacement right away. Contact our office to speak to a Toronto ATV accident lawyer or Toronto snowmobile accident lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your next steps.

Boating Accidents

With the Great Lakes and countless other bodies of water, it is no surprise that many Ontarians enjoy boating and other water sports. Unfortunately, boats can easily be misused, and their high speeds can mean that boating accidents can have serious consequences to those involved.

Boating accidents are different from car accidents as there are no designated lanes on the water. Boating accidents also may occur far from any witnesses. For these reasons, it is crucial to have an experienced boating accident lawyer on your side that is familiar with obtaining expert reports and evidence to ensure that your claim is successful. At McLeish Orlando, our Toronto boating lawyers will work tirelessly to prove your case and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.  Contact our office to speak to a Toronto boating lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your next steps.

Motorcycle Accidents

It is common knowledge that motorcyclists are much more vulnerable than those driving in cars. Unfortunately, many drivers do not pay proper attention to motorcyclists and do not keep a proper look out. As a result, motorcycle accidents are exceedingly common in Ontario.

Even with all of the proper safety gear and years of experience, the exposed nature of driving a motorcycle can result in serious injury or even death when involved in a motorcycle accident. Some of the common injuries suffered as a result of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal injuries
  • Fractures and broken bones

At McLeish Orlando, our Toronto motorcycle accident lawyers have a strong record of success representing people who have suffered serious injuries as the result of motorcycle accidents as well as families who have lost a loved one in a fatal crash. Our Toronto motorcycle lawyers prepare every motorcycle accident case as if it is going to trial; our firm is selective about the cases we take so that we can provide every client with the level of service they deserve.

Public Transit & TTC Accidents

Many people use public transit daily. Even if you are not using public transit, you can still be involved in a public transit accident or TTC accident. Public transit accidents or TTC accidents can result in serious, permanent personal injury and death. At McLeish Orlando, our public transit lawyers have experience representing the drivers and passengers of vehicles, as well as pedestrians, who have been involved in a serious public transit accident. Our public transit lawyers have experience with:

  • Streetcars
  • Subways
  • Buses
  • Trains, including GO Trains
  • Airport Shuttles
  • Taxi Cabs
  • Airplanes
  • TTC Buses
  • Charter Buses
  • GO Buses
  • VIA Buses
  • School Buses
  • Motor Coaches

Regardless of the cause of your public transit accident, we will put all of our resources and experience to work in pursuing claims against the operator, transit company, maintenance crew, or any other potentially liable party.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians are vulnerable and often have little time to react to try and avoid being struck by vehicles. Due to their vulnerability, pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles often result in serious, life-altering personal injuries or death.

What many people do not know is that the Highway Traffic Act creates a reverse onus on behalf of the negligent driver when a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian. This means that rather than requiring the pedestrian to prove that the driver was at fault, the onus is reversed, and the driver must prove that they were not at fault.

At McLeish Orlando, our pedestrian accident lawyers have tremendous experience dealing with pedestrian accidents. If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident, contact our office to speak to a Toronto pedestrian accident lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your next steps.

Truck Accidents

Commercial vehicles, as well as tractor-trailers and semi-trucks, are commonplace on Ontario roads. Unfortunately, these vehicles are much heavier and larger than most other vehicles on the road. This means that when a truck accident occurs, the personal injuries are usually severe.

At McLeish Orlando, our Toronto truck accident lawyers have represented those injured in truck accidents including cases involving the negligent operation of a truck, poor truck maintenance, and defective equipment. We have handled a wide range of claims and have obtained successful settlements and judgments for people suffering from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, and other significant injuries caused by truck accidents. We also represent families who have lost loved ones in commercial vehicles, tractor-trailer, or semi-truck accidents. If you or a loved one have been involved in a truck accident, contact our office to speak to a Toronto truck accident lawyer for a free consultation to discuss your next steps.

Types of Injuries Caused by Motor Vehicle Accidents

  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Head injuries (traumatic brain injuries)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Severe fractures and broken bones
  • Burns from engines

Ontario’s Accident Benefit Coverage

What are Accident Benefits?

Every automobile insurance policy in Ontario includes accident benefits coverage. These accident benefits are available to every person injured in a motor vehicle accident, even if they are at fault.

They also extend to passengers. The accident benefits you may be entitled to include:

  • Income replacement benefits
  • Non-earner benefits
  • Caregiver benefits
  • Medical and rehabilitation benefits
  • Attendant care benefits
  • Case management
  • Expenses of visitors
  • Housekeeping and home maintenance
  • Loss of educational expenses

How our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers can Help?

Our motor vehicle accident lawyers have access to the most highly skilled rehab professionals in the province and will work with you to ensure that you make maximum recovery from your injuries.

The accident benefits system is complicated, time consuming, and difficult to navigate. Our motor vehicle accident lawyers will be in constant contact with your insurance company and rehabilitation team to make sure that you are receiving the best possible care without having to worry about how it will be paid for. We recommend that you contact an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer to assist you with navigating your right to accident benefits.

When to File a Lawsuit After a Motor Vehicle Accident?

The compensation received through the statutory accident benefits system for income replacement and medical and rehabilitation expenses is often not enough.

A person who is injured because of a negligent operator of a motor vehicle is entitled to sue for a variety of damages, including damages for pain and suffering, loss of income, and the cost of medical care.

Is There a Time Limit to Start Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim?

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should be aware of the Limitations Act.

Whether your motor vehicle accident involved a car, boat, ATV, snowmobile, motorcycle, truck, or pedestrian, the Act sets out the time limit to commence a legal proceeding at 2 years from the day the claim was discovered, barring any exceptions outlined in the Act. While this may sound like a long time, there are many important steps that need to be taken before commencing a lawsuit. We recommend that you contact our office for a free no obligation consultation as soon as you are able to, following a motor vehicle accident.

What Sets McLeish Orlando’s Toronto Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Apart?

Experienced Motor Vehicle Accident Trial  Lawyers

Our firm has a reputation for its outstanding trial experience. We prepare every case as if it is going to trial, and we take every step required to ensure our clients receive the full compensation they are entitled to. Insurance companies know this, and we are often able to reach a fair settlement long before trial. When we believe that our clients are entitled to more than what is being offered as settlement, we are always prepared to proceed to trial and advocate on their behalf.

Contingency Fee Retainer Agreements

We enter into contingency fee retainer agreements with every client we take on. This means that we only get paid when your claim is successfully resolved. We then receive an agreed upon percentage of the funds you receive as payment for our services. You do not have to pay us out of your own pocket. We use these agreements to ensure that every person who is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident can access justice, not just those who have money.

Quality Over Quantity – Toronto Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

At McLeish Orlando, we believe in providing top-quality service to a smaller number of seriously injured clients, rather than taking on as many clients as we can. This means that we selectively consider every potential client that contacts our office and only accept clients that are seriously injured. By limiting our number of clients, we ensure that we can spend the time, energy, and resources required to provide you with the best possible service and results.

Extensive History of Helping Our Clients

For over 20 years, our Toronto motor vehicle accident lawyers and staff have worked on motor vehicle accident files every day. Every motor vehicle accident file is handled by a specialized team comprised of a:

  • Partner
  • Associate Lawyer
  • Accident Benefits Coordinator
  • Law Clerk
  • Legal Assistant

Your team will be in contact with you through every step of your car accident file, ready to answer questions and assist with all matters.

Our Toronto Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers are Here to Help

Proper legal representation is crucial in obtaining the proper designation under the no-fault rules and full compensation for damages in a lawsuit.

A key to our firm’s successful record in motor vehicle accident lawsuits is that we conduct a thorough investigation at the outset of every case. We then build an airtight case consisting of facts and expert opinions.

The motor vehicle accident lawyers at McLeish Orlando have been voted by other lawyers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and the Lexpert directory. Our impeccable track record of success is built upon a dedication to ensuring that our clients receive the full compensation that they deserve. While most cases settle out of Court, we prepare each case for trial from the moment we are retained, ensuring that the insurance company defending the case understands the consequences of not offering a full and fair settlement.

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