Car accidents hurt many people, from the passengers inside to the drivers or even people standing nearby. Both serious injuries and fatalities can result from these accidents, so it’s important that if you or a loved one are hurt, you understand how to make a claim for the compensation you need while you recover.
In Canada, 2013 data shows that it’s most common for those age 65 or older to be killed in fatal accidents as both drivers and passengers. This could be because of failing health or fragile bodies, but it may also be because of older drivers who are not as cautious on the roads. These drivers may not have as quick of reflexes as others, putting you at risk.
The age group most likely to face serious injuries on the road includes those between the ages of 15 and 19 when passengers and between the ages of 25 and 34 as drivers. In both age groups, some of the risks that can lead to dangerous driving include texting, talking on cellphones, or being distracted by young friends in the vehicle.
Some of the reasons accidents take place are distractions like texting or talking on the phone, feeling tired and driving while drowsy, or getting behind the wheel when intoxicated. In any case, it’s important that drivers who don’t take driving seriously face the full force of the law; they shouldn’t be able to get away with dangerous driving that puts others at risk of injury.
Our website has more information on dangerous driving and what to do if you’ve been hurt in a crash.