By Matt Lalande in Pedestrian Accidents on July 23, 2018
3 Minute Read from Hamilton’s Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
Pedestrians are completely vulnerable and therefore suffer a vastly disproportionate amount of severe injuries and wrongful death when an accident involving a motor vehicle occurs. More than 4000 pedestrians in Ontario are injured by a motor vehicle every year. Did you know that in 2017 27 people died after being hit by cars? Number were even worse in 2016 – with 39 people dead by the end of the year.
Hamilton being one of the large cities in Ontario, is the scene of far more pedestrian accidents than most people might realize. In fact – Hamilton is the second most dangerous city for pedestrians in Ontario, according to a 2013 study by CBC. Hamilton pedestrians are about 42% more likely to be injured compared to the Ontario average rate. These are alarming statistics for Hamiltonians who use their own two feet to move around our city.
If you suffered serious injury to a pedestrian accident, contact our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers. We are Hamilton Lawyers with a proven record of success in helping those who suffer from a serious injury. Call us for a free no obligation consultation 24/7 at 905-333-8888 or chat with one of our live operators 24/7 who will assist in setting up an appointment.
All car, truck, or motorcycle accidents involving a pedestrian are dangerous, but the most commonly seen accidents are:
You can be the safest walker in the city and you could still be the victim of an accident. Sadly, accidents happen that are often no fault of your own. While you can take every precaution, you cannot control the behavior of other people. Here are the top causes of motor vehicle accidents involving a Pedestrian, according to Ontario’s Chief Coroner.
According to Stats Canada, the following play major contributing factors in pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents.
Sad, but true: In Ontario, children and elderly are most commonly the pedestrian victims in a motor vehicle accident.
Without the benefit of a caged surrounding, seatbelts, airbags or roll bars, pedestrians are obviously quite vulnerable than other motorists in the road. Accidents that happen at a low rate of speed can be fatal or cause terrible damage. As a result, pedestrians involved in car accidents in Hamilton can no doubt suffer major multi-system injuries, such as:
Unlike an accident involving two vehicles where the onus is on the you to prove that the person that hit you was negligent, the onus is reversed when the you are a pedestrian (or
cyclist), unless your accident happened on a private roadway. The Ontario Highway Traffic Act places the onus on the person that hit you. Our Courts have held that evidence of negligence on the part of an injured person does not discharge the reverse onus placed on the defendant driver that hit you – meaning if you were partly at fault for getting hit, negligence still lies on the defendant driver that hit you. In other words, a driver will be found NOT at fault only if he or she can show that there was no negligence or misconduct on his or her part.
As a pedestrian, there are certain things you can do to be safe while walking and crossing the street.
If you or a loved one was a pedestrian injured by a vehicle our Hamilton personal injury lawyers can help. We understand that pedestrian injuries can range from fractures, dislocations and wounds to more severe injuries including impairments in mobility and sadly, loss of life. In addition, accident victims are prone to experiencing depression. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, please call our Hamilton personal injury lawyers at 905-333-8888 or fill out a contact form or chat with out live operator 24/7 to set up your appointment today. We have years of experience helping pedestrians get the compensation they are entitled to. Call for a complimentary, no obligation consultation. And remember, you don’t pay us for our services until you receive your money.