Pedestrian Accidents – Right of Way
As our streets continue to get crowded with more cars, buses and vehicles, pedestrians have more obstacles to face than before. In accidents involving pedestrians and cars, many times, driver inattentiveness and a number of additional factors are often the primary causes and, many of these accidents could have been prevented.
Whether you are hit by a car or in a hit and run accident, being injured as a pedestrian can be a bothersome experience. Sadly, pedestrian accidents occur frequently and sometimes, the injuries are often severe or catastrophic.
Usually, accident cases involving pedestrians and vehicles depend a lot on the duty of care by the involved parties. This means, both drivers and pedestrians must follow the rules of the road and exercise reasonable care. Though it may be obvious as to who was at fault in most cases, the courts in Ontario will look at many other factors while passing the judgement. If the driver is proved to be guilty, then he or she may be ordered to pay damages for personal and property damage caused by his or her negligence.
If you are ever involved in a pedestrian accident, make sure that you follow these steps:
- Remain at the accident site, if the injury is minor and non life-threatening.
- Call the Police immediately.
- If there are witnesses nearby, request their details.
- Never make statements to anyone including drivers and insurers.
Did you know that in Ontario, if you are victim of a pedestrian accident involving cars, buses or any other vehicle, you can apply for Ontario Accident Benefits through your insurance company or the insurance company of the driver.
This is where a knowledgeable legal team can be your first and best line of defence. A dependable team will work for you and ensure that you receive accident-related benefits like income replacement, rehabilitation, housekeeping, and attendant care services.
At the trusted law offices of Mackesy Smye, our team of legal professionals have decades of experience helping accident-injured pedestrians fight for their rights. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car and pedestrian accident, the Mackesy Smye team is here to help.