Tire failures or wheel separation can be extremely dangerous, with the vehicle losing control, the separated wheel hitting another vehicle or pedestrian, or other vehicles manoeuvring to avoid a collision.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 16, 2013
Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is releasing its comments on an accident where a woman was hurt when a flying wheel struck her car on Highway 401 near Stevenson Road in Oshawa.
A woman escaped serious injury after a tire flew off a vehicle and struck the car’s roof, shattering the windshield on Highway 401 at around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, August 12. The loose tire bounced across several lanes of traffic before making contact with the woman’s car in the oncoming lane. After pulling over to put on a spare tire, the man drove off. (Source: Kitching, C., “Woman had 'glass in her eyes' after car hit by tire,” CP24.com, August 12, 2013; http://www.cp24.com/news/woman-had-glass-in-her-eyes-after-car-hit-by-tire-1.1407163.)
“Tire failures or wheel separation can be extremely dangerous, with the vehicle losing control, the separated wheel hitting another vehicle or pedestrian, or other vehicles manoeuvring to avoid a collision,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law. “Even though wheel separation is uncommon, it can still be deadly. Since December 2011, at least two people have been killed in similar accidents on roads in Southern Ontario.”
Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law as an associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours BA in political science in 2006 and from the Queen’s University, Faculty of Law with a JD in 2009. He formerly worked at a boutique insurance defence firm in Toronto, representing insurance companies.
Bekiaris has appeared before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Divisional Court. Bekiaris represents clients in a variety of disputes, including motor vehicle accidents, accident benefits, slips and falls, property damage claims, and assault, representing the victims. Bekiaris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.
“If a wheel comes off a vehicle in Ontario, both the driver and owner are liable for operating an unsafe vehicle under Section 84 of the Highway Traffic Act. When it comes to commercial vehicles, both the company and operator are liable,” Bekiaris adds. “In this case, it’s quite clear that there are significant negligence-related issues. On top of that, failing to stop or leaving the scene of an accident is a violation of the Criminal Code of Canada; where the guilty party could face a license suspension, jail time, or large fines.”
Bekiaris warns that motor vehicle accidents, including a sudden tire failure, can occur without warning and be very stressful; leading to permanent injuries, broken bones, inability to work, and a life of pain and suffering. One of the first things the victim of a negligent driver in the GTA should do is contact a personal injury lawyer to ensure they are properly cared for and receive the maximum financial compensation.
Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law is a personal injury law firm located in the Annex district of Toronto. The firm specializes in helping injured victims obtain compensation due to car accidents, long-term disability claims, life insurance claims, and product liability claims. The firm serves clients from across the Greater Toronto Area and provides service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Greek, and French. The site will soon evolve again and be updated to include pages in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, and Greek to better serve those communities. More information on Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.HansonDuby.com or by calling 416-588-9100.