Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Brockville as it is in all of Canada. To combat this problem, Ontario and other provinces are taking preventative action against drivers who drink and drive. Specifically, progressively stricter penalties are being implemented in an attempt to prevent individuals under the influence of alcohol or drugs from getting behind the wheel.
Immediate roadside administrative penalties can now be directed against those who are merely suspected of impaired driving. Provinces are implementing "temporary preventive suspensions" of an individual's driver's licence if they have a blood-alcohol content (BAC) that is elevated but not necessarily above the legal limit. The Criminal Code sets the criminal limit at .08 blood alcohol content. In Ontario, a licenced driver will receive an immediate roadside licence suspension of three, seven or thirty days if your BAC is above .05 but below the legal limit. In addition, if you refuse to submit to a Breathalyzer test, the same temporary licence suspension will apply.
In another attempt to keep impaired drivers in the Brockville area off our roads, Ontario has adopted a graduated driver's licensing scheme that contains a provision for a zero BAC limit on young drivers and on new, inexperienced drivers regardless of their age. If you are a novice driver or if you are under 21, no amount of alcohol whatsoever is permitted in your bloodstream. If you are stopped by police and test positive for alcohol, or refuse to be tested, you will be issued an immediate 24-hour temporary driver's licence suspension, and you could receive a fine of up to $500 and a 30-day driver's licence suspension. You will also have to go back to square one of the Graduated Driver's licence System. If you are caught three times with a BAC range of .05-.08, your licence will automatically be suspended for 30 days.
Despite these measures, innocent victims are hurt or killed every day as a result of drunk driver accidents. If you or a family member have been involved in a car accident, you will want to turn to a firm that you can trust to handle your case. By choosing the Injury Lawyers of Ontario (ILO) team serving the Brockville community you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Our goal is to achieve the best possible compensation for you. This is important because some injury firms also work for insurance companies, so you need to ask yourself, "Can you completely trust a firm to battle an insurance company on your behalf when their biggest clients are also insurance companies". At ILO Law we have no such conflicts of interest; our alliance is with you alone.
Many insurance companies will tell you that you don't need an attorney. That's because it is in their best interest if you are not represented by a personal injury lawyer. Their objective is to pay out the smallest claim possible in order to maximize their profits. Without a lawyer you cannot ascertain whether their offer is fair and equitable. With our legal expertise we can determine the "true" cost of your injury. This includes not only lost wages and medical expenses, but compensation for pain and suffering, and future expenses such as attendant care costs.
No one expects to be in a serious car accident and we are never prepared for what to do next when this occurs. Your first step should be to seek the necessary medical treatment to aid in your recovery. Once your condition is stable, your next step should be to speak to an experienced professional at ILO Law to learn how to obtain fair compensation for your injuries. You are not alone; we can help you through this difficult time.