Ice flying from cars – Who can I sue?


Many of you have probably heard of recent incidents whereby ice and snow from the roof of vehicles flew in the air and onto the windshield of other vehicles causing serious damage and sometimes even injuries. Ottawa police has warned drivers that it is their responsibility to ensure that their vehicle is completely clear of ice and snow before they drive off. This also includes the roof of the vehicle. The Ottawa police has also reminded drivers that people who do not abide by this rule may be fined between $110 to $130.

 

But what happens if you are a victim of someone else’s negligence? What if you are severely injured because ice on someone else’s vehicle collided with your windshield and you lost control of your vehicle and crashed? Or what if the ice transpierced the windshield and hit your head, or your passenger? Do you have a claim? Yes you do. And what you should do is immediately report it to the police and provide as much information as you can about the other vehicle. If you cannot identify the other vehicle or the driver and the police can’t either, this does not mean that you are out of luck. Fortunately, your car insurance policy has a provision for when you are unable to identify the driver or vehicle that negligently caused the accident. If this happens, your insurer will step into the shoes of the at-fault driver and/or owner of the unidentified vehicle and will indemnify you for your damages.

There are many steps involved with these types of claims and consulting a lawyer should be one of the first steps you take. We at Burn Tucker Lachaîne have extensive experience in dealing with these types of claims. Call, email or text us today for your free consultation. 

By Dani Grandmaitre of Burn Tucker Lachaîne Personal Injury Lawyers on January 28, 2020
Tags: Car Accidents, Free Consultation, Head Injury, Negligence, Personal Injury, Safety, Serious Injury