Weather conditions in the Durham Ontario area (including Ajax, Whitby, and Oshawa) can include snow, rain, ice, and other conditions that can contribute to accidents. Driving can be more difficult and inattention can lead to much worse results than would otherwise be the case in better weather. In 2008 an insurance website estimated that 11.68% of people in Whitby have had car accidents in the past 6 years. An article in the Toronto Star on July 16, 2007 noted that you have a greater chance of bring involved in a car accident on Highway 401, between Whites Road in Courtice and Courtice Road east of Oshawa, than any other highway location in Ontario (according to OPP data).
Where accidents happen relatively often it is important to know your rights in the event that you are injured in a car accident, slip and fall or some other accident. Car accident injury victims have the ability to access benefits that would probably not be available if you were injured in some other way (ie: a slip and fall accident). There may be available income replacement benefits, housekeeping assistance, medical and rehabilitation benefits, and other types of benefits.
Those benefits may well be available to you even if you were at fault for the accident. However, with a relatively rich benefits system comes a more restricted ability to claim in a lawsuit for pain and suffering and other damages. There is a threshold that many cases have to meet to be able to claim and a deductible that may apply to pain and suffering claims.
In addition to the precise injury sustained, the effect on the person's life is a very important consideration. It is important to speak to an accident and injury lawyer to determine whether you have a viable claim.