Drinking and driving is one of Ontario’s most dangerous safety issues. During the first decade of the new millennium, more than 2,000 Ontarians lost their lives and more than 50,000 people sustained injuries at the hand of an impaired driver
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 25, 2013
Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is warning pedestrians to be extra cautious after a driver was charged in connection with a hit and run that killed a pedestrian crossing Kennedy Road in Scarborough.
Police allege a 22-year-old man was crossing Kennedy Road south of Eglinton Avenue when a northbound truck struck him. Authorities allege the driver of the pickup truck involved in the hit and run had robbed a taxi driver at gunpoint and was fleeing the scene. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. Anthony Sowkey, 24, was arrested in connection with the fatal hit and run. (Source: “Driver faces numerous charges after pedestrian killed while crossing Kennedy Road,” InsideToronto.com, October 21, 2013; http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4167336-driver-faces-numerous-charges-after-pedestrian-killed-while-crossing-kennedy-road/.)
“Drinking and driving is one of Ontario’s most dangerous safety issues. During the first decade of the new millennium, more than 2,000 Ontarians lost their lives and more than 50,000 people sustained injuries at the hand of an impaired driver,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law. “Due to the very nature of the accident, pedestrians hit by a car, truck, bus, or motorcycle usually sustain major or debilitating injuries, including broken bones, internal bleeding, concussions, paralysis, and even death.”
Joining Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law as an associate in September 2010, Bekiaris is a graduate of York University with an Honours BA and Queen’s University with a JD. A member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, Bekiaris has made appearances before the Superior Court of Justice, the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Small Claims Court, and the Divisional Court.
“At Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law, we understand how devastating the unexpected loss of a loved one is, especially when it is caused by someone else,” Bekiaris adds. “While it is important to grieve the loss, it is also important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in the GTA to learn about one’s rights.”
In Ontario, blood relatives, such as the spouse, children, parents, grandparents, and siblings, are entitled to file a wrongful death claim and recover their economic loss resulting from the death. Since no two accidents are the same, any damages recovered from a wrongful death claim are dependent upon the particular facts and circumstances of each case.
“While it may be difficult, it’s important for families to understand their legal options if a loved one has been killed in an accident on Ontario roads. Not only are there provisions about who can file for wrongful death, there are also strict timelines for when people have to commence a wrongful death claim,” Bekiaris concludes. “At Hanson Duby Personal Law, we fight for our client’s justice and the maximum amount of compensation they deserve.”
Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law is a personal injury law firm located in downtown Toronto and specializes in helping injured victims obtain compensation due to car accidents and through product liability, long-term disability, and life insurance claims. The firm offers service in English, as well as French, Mandarin, Tamil, Cantonese, and Greek. Their web site is constantly updating and will soon be available in Mandarin, Tamil, Cantonese, and Greek to better serve their respective communities. For more information on Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law, visit http://www.HansonDuby.com or call 416-588-9100.