Ontario is a great place for recreation, with some of the most beautiful bodies of water in all of Canada. Unfortunately, we have a high rate of boating accidents on our lakes. If you or someone you know have been involved in a boating or maritime accident, contact a Villeneuve Litigation boating injury lawyer for a free consultation.
Boating accidents occur largely due to the negligence of the boat driver not understanding the rules of the water or the safety laws governing them. Many Ontario boaters that get behind the wheel of a recreational boat have no training and no specialized knowledge of operating the vessel. People are killed or injured each year due to boating accidents.
The best accident lawyers tend to be those who have successfully handled a variety of claims. Each case is unique, and it takes experience and finely tuned legal strategies to overcome the hurdles standing between accident victims and a fair settlement.
Villeneuve's Litigation practice is here to assist clients in the following types of boating-accident cases involving:
Drunk Boating Accidents
Distracted Boating Accidents
Boating Accidents Resulting in Catastrophic Injuries
Boating Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
Hit and Run Boating Accidents
Failure to Yield Boating Accidents
Accidents Caused by Mechanical Malfunctions
Accidents Caused by Water Hazards
If you intend to file a claim, you should be able to prove that the at-fault driver had a duty of care and breached that duty of care. All boaters on Ontario waters have a duty to drive safely and avoid reckless behaviors that would put other people in danger. This would include:
Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
Drive while distracted;
Make illegal turns;
Fail to keep their boats safe;
High speed boating; or
Engage in other illegal or reckless behaviors.
If your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages you have incurred as a result. Unfortunately, even if it seems obvious that another person is liable for your damages, you still might run into a dispute at some point during the claims process. This is where the Ottawa car accident lawyer in Villeneuve's Litigation practice can help.
The Firm knows the strategies used by insurance companies and defendants in boating accident cases to reduce their liability. Insurance adjusters might try to manipulate you into making a recorded statement that can be used against you. They might offer a low settlement before you know the full extent of your injuries. They might even review your social media profiles for images that can be used to dispute the severity of your injuries.
No matter what the insurance adjuster tells you, the insurance company is likely not on your side when you file a claim against them. You should never speak to the insurance adjuster—and you certainly should not accept a settlement offer—without consulting an experienced car accident lawyer.
No lawyer in Ontario can guarantee a specific outcome for your case. It is important to know that there are numerous factors that will influence whether your claim is successful and the amount of compensation you ultimately recover.
Those factors include:
The cost of the medical bills you have incurred;
The cost of any future medical treatment you will need;
The amount of income you lost due to your injuries;
Whether your injuries have affected your future earning capacity;
Whether you required home modifications to accommodate your injury;
The cost of fixing your vehicle; or
Whether your injury caused scarring, disability, or the loss of a bodily function.
Time is of the essence in any car accident claim. If you were hurt or lost a family member in a car accident in Ontario, turn to Villeneuve Litigation for reliable legal guidance. Call or text (613) 983-0610 or use our contact form
to schedule a free consultation.