Each day, innocent pedestrians are injured by negligent motor vehicle operators. Crosswalks are designed to keep pedestrians safe, and there is an assumption that drivers are paying attention while behind the wheel, but this isn’t always the case. The effects on injured pedestrians can be quite serious, even resulting in death.
In 2001, regarding pedestrian fatalities and injuries resulting from collisions with motor vehicles, Transport Canada reported:
- An average of 416 pedestrian fatalities per year between 1992-2001.
- An average of 14,252 pedestrian injuries per year between 1992-2001.
- An average of 95% of all pedestrian injuries occur in urban areas.
- Overall males represented 61% of pedestrian fatalities while females accounted for 39% of fatalities.
As a pedestrian, getting hit and injured by a motor vehicle can have serious or life-threatening consequences, altering your life forever. Ambulance arrival and prompt medical attention is crucial in these situations. The injured may need immediate surgery, helicopter transport, or other critical measures, and even then, some pedestrian accidents are fatal.
Costs Associated with Pedestrian Accidents
After a pedestrian accident, families are left wondering why an innocent person was hit by a negligent driver. The costs of recovery and assessment can be enormous especially in regards to rehabilitative care or physical and occupational therapies. You may be entitled to collect substantial damages on behalf of the driver at fault. Even if you may be partially at fault, due to jaywalking or falling, you may still be entitled to some compensation. Our personal injury lawyers are here to stand up for your rights against the careless driver who has harmed you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have recently lost a loved one who was struck by a vehicle, you may be entitled to collect wrongful death damages. Please contact us for a free consultation.