Even people who pride themselves on being overly cautious, aware of their surroundings, and vigilant about personal safety could be injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Oftentimes, accidents resulting in personal injury occur while carrying out routine, everyday tasks such as coming home from work, shopping at a local grocery store, or crossing the street in a familiar neighbourhood.
Although it may not be immediately apparent in the aftermath of an injury-causing accident, these traumatic events are often the result of another party’s negligence. Many people have a legal responsibility to fulfill a duty of care to others. Failing to uphold this legal obligation could be considered negligence.
Slip and fall accidents, for example, are often caused by someone else’s negligence. When these accidents occur on someone else’s property, in many cases, it is because the property’s occupier failed to take important precautions to safeguard their visitors’ physical well-being.
In accordance with the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, the people or organizations that own, operate, oversee, and control access to commercial or residential properties owe their lawful guests a duty of care. That means, they must perform regular upkeep, repair potentially dangerous maintenance hazards, provide guests with adequate warnings about unsafe aspects of the property, and perform other actions to reduce the risk of injuries on-site. Failing to do so could be considered negligence.
Similarly, the duty of care motor vehicle operators owe to other road-users is legislated by the Traffic Safety Act. Drivers are required to obey the rules of the road at all times so as to protect other motor vehicle operators, their passengers, motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians from sustaining serious or fatal injuries. If a driver fails to uphold this duty of care by violating any number of traffic laws, they could be considered negligent. Common examples of driver negligence that could lead to a serious accident include:
If another person failed to uphold the duty of care they were legally required to provide you and you sustained personal injuries as a result, you could be entitled to compensation. Our Grande Prairie personal injury lawyers have experience helping survivors of injury-causing accidents to get the compensation and fair treatment they deserve by holding negligent parties accountable for their wrongful actions.
You might be entitled to pursue legal action to recover compensation for financial losses you have incurred as a result of someone else’s negligent, injury-causing actions. To learn more about options for financial recovery that might be available to you, contact our personal injury lawyers serving Grande Prairie and schedule a free initial consultation.
Our Grande Prairie personal injury lawyers believe that no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s wrongful actions. To receive the benefit of personalized, case-specific legal advice, call our personal injury lawyers serving Grande Prairie today and book your free initial consultation.
Injured accident survivors have only a short window of opportunity in which to act. Do not hesitate. To take advantage of your free initial consultation with our Grande Prairie personal injury lawyers, contact us today.
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