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Allstate Reports Increase in Accidents in Downtown Toronto
The Allstate Canada Safe Driving Study reports that downtown Toronto saw a two per cent increase in accident claims in 2015. This figure isn’t surprising to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists commuting in the city core. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, you may be surprised to learn that you could be entitled to significant financial compensation.
Depending on the severity of your accident and the details of your claim you could be entitled to damages.
Compensatory damages reimburse or compensate you for the harm you have suffered because of your injury. Punitive damages are not tied to the type of harm that you have suffered, but are awarded as a way to punish the person who hurt you for behaviour that was unacceptable. For example, if you have been hit by a drunk driver then you may be eligible for both compensatory and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages are the most common type of financial compensation available to accident victims. Depending on the unique circumstances of your case you may be compensated for:
- Time missed from work
- Health related expenses
- Costs related to recovery
- Replacement of damaged property and personal belongings
- Pain and suffering.
If you’ve been in an accident in downtown Toronto then it is critical that you call the team at Zayouna Law as soon as it happens. Although at a stressful time like this you want to focus on your health, it’s important that you meet key dates and deadlines in regards to insurance paperwork. If you don’t meet these critical deadlines, then you may not receive full compensation down the road.
Most people aren’t aware of the time sensitivity involved in making a personal injury claim once you’ve been in an accident. Personal injury cases follow a strict timeline and it’s important that you are aware of these in order to gather all the paperwork and necessary information to make your claim on time.
In Toronto, you only have seven days after your vehicle accident to notify your car insurance company of your injury. If you have been injured, you must complete your application for statutory accident benefits with your own auto insurance company within 30 days from the date of the accident. If you choose to launch a lawsuit against the person who has injured you, then you must start this lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. However, you must place this potential defendant on notice of your claim within 120 days of your accident.
These rules and timelines can be confusing, but it’s important to understand and follow them in order to receive the compensation you need to cover your expenses and injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle accident in downtown Toronto, then you’re not alone. Don’t wait. Contact the expert legal team at Zayouna Law now for a free initial consultation. You may be eligible for financial compensation.