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What To Know About Youngsters Involved In Personal Injury Accidents

Toronto lawyers will represent anyone who has been involved in a personal injury accident, even people under the age of 21. While being younger does not change much when it comes to driving laws, there are some stipulations that youngsters should be aware of before they hit the road.

Being under the age of 21 can have an effect on you in a personal injury accident if:

  • You were under the influence of alcohol
  • You do not yet have your driver’s license
  • You were not a student at the time the accident occurred

In the province of Ontario, car accident lawyers are well-versed in the laws regarding driving while intoxicated or impaired. The laws for drunk driving are tough in Ontario, but they are especially tough on the younger drivers. There is a zero tolerance policy on drivers who are under the age of 21. If you are caught driving with any alcohol at all in your system and you are under the age of 21, there are swift laws that go into effect which can include:

  • Immediate suspension of your license
  • A fine that could be up to $500
  • Paperwork that needs to be filed and classes that will need to be taken to get your license reinstated

In the province of Ontario, a young driver can make life extremely difficult by getting a DWI conviction. It can take years for the youngster to finally settle all issues with the province and it is a process that could drag on past the driver’s teen years. It is not worth it and it is not smart to drive after drinking.

If you get into an accident when you only have your learner’s permit and there were no licensed drivers in the car, then you may not be eligible for public funds to help with your treatment and recovery. The catastrophic injury lawyers in Ontario know that a youth who decides to go for his first solo drive without his license is risking a lot that could wind up troubling him for the rest of his life.

In Ontario, you could qualify for a non-earner benefit if you are at least 16 years old when the personal injury accident happened. Of course, if you were driving at the time of the accident, then you would need to be a licensed driver to qualify for benefits. But it is benefits like these that can help the young passengers of reckless drivers to get the kind of compensation they need to recover from their accidents.

Young drivers in Ontario have a lot to think about before they head out onto the roads. As long as you are a young driver who is following the law, then you could be eligible for financial assistance if you are involved in a personal injury accident. But if you decide to bend those rules, then you could be asking for a lot of trouble.

 

For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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