Mar 21, 2017
Reports of pedestrian accidents seem to be on the rise leaving those who walk (whether by choice or necessity) vulnerable to potential dangers. Whether you are walking or riding a bicycle you should be aware of impending risks and take precaution. Scan traffic in all direction, don’t rely on countdown crosswalks and avoid jaywalking.
The term jaywalking is used to describe the action of pedestrians crossing a roadway in a place not marked by a crosswalk or signal at an intersection. Pedestrians only have the right of way when properly crossing a highway or roadway. Jaywalking is an infraction under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act for which police can (and do) issue fines.
According to statistics, pedestrian accidents account for approximately 15 percent of traffic accidents resulting in serious injury. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- A failure by drivers to check for pedestrians in crosswalks prior to driving through them
- Drivers failing to stop at stop signs or lights
- Texting and other dangerous driver distractions
- Drivers choosing to make turns without paying attention to their surroundings
- Driving under the influence
Being involved in a collision as a pedestrian can cause brain and spine injuries, broken bones, amputation, paralysis and even death. These are life altering injuries that can leave you and your family facing financial burdens for medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages and psychological counseling for pain and suffering.
If you have been involved in a collision as a pedestrian you should seek immediate medical attention and the accident should be reported to police. Once these measures have been taken it is appropriate to seek legal counsel to fully understand your rights and seek compensation for injuries through a claim or by pursuing a lawsuit. Every case is different and may involve a number of intricacies that only an experience attorney can help to decipher.
If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident and have suffered personal injury our team of experienced personal injury lawyers can help you to determine your best course of action. Feel free to give us a call to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.