Pedestrian Accident Claims
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If you are a pedestrian, getting hit by a car can change your life forever, if you are lucky enough to survive the accident. When it comes to motor vehicle accidents, more pedestrians are killed than members of any other group.
Because they have no protective barriers around them to absorb the force of the collision, pedestrians suffer more than other crash victims who have seatbelts to hold them in place, car bodies that crumple and airbags to disburse the abrupt change in speed.
Although the city enacted Zero Vision in 2017, aimed at reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in Toronto, it hasn’t been terribly successful. 37 pedestrians were killed by motor vehicles in the city in 2017 and 40 were killed in 2018, compared to 13 drivers in 2017 and 8 drivers in 2018.
Main Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
- No Signal or Crosswalk. 43% of pedestrian accidents in the Toronto area occur on arterial roads where there are no signals or crosswalks.
- Very Large Roadways to Cross. When roads are very wide, it is difficult for pedestrians to finish crossing in the time allotted, particularly if they are older or infirm.
- High Speed Limits. Faster-moving motor vehicles increase the risk of accidents.
- Left Turn Pedestrian Accidents. Drivers who are attempting to cross another lane of traffic to make their turn are often too busy timing their move through oncoming traffic to notice pedestrians trying to cross.
- Back-up Pedestrian Accidents. Typically occurring when moving from a parked position to getting out on the road, back-up accidents happen when a driver fails to notice a pedestrian walking behind the car.
- Distracted Drivers. Drivers who are lost, using their mobile phones or are otherwise distracted may drive erratically and fail to notice pedestrians.
- Fatigue. The situation becomes much more dangerous when either pedestrians or drivers have not had adequate rest.
- Driving While Impaired. Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol have impaired judgement, which may cause them to take unnecessary risks. They also respond more slowly to objects or people in the road and may even drive in areas designated for pedestrians.
Seniors are at the Highest Risk
Although people 65 and over make up only 14 percent of the Toronto population, this same group made up half of the number of fatalities from pedestrian accidents since 2011. Seniors are three to four times more likely to die when struck by a vehicle traveling at speeds between 30 to 50 kilometres an hour.
Common Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents
- Head trauma. Any head injury can have lasting effects that may not be immediately apparent. Brain injury is also possible, affecting quality of life.
- Spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries can range in effects from loss of sensation in localized areas of the body to paraplegia or quadriplegia, where the patient is unable to move whole areas of his or her body.
- Bone fractures. Broken bones are always painful and never heal as strong as they were before they were broken.
- Internal injuries. Because they are not visible, rib fractures, damage to internal organs or bleeding beneath the surface of the skin may not be easily identified after a pedestrian accident.
- Pelvic injuries. Damage to the pelvic girdle can make everyday movements, such as walking and sitting up painful or impossible.
- Lacerations, Punctures and Avulsions. Any break in the skin can be dangerous and these three types of cuts can result in tissue damage, injury to internal organs or excessive bleeding.
- Death. In extreme cases, pedestrians may not survive the accident.
What Should I do After a Pedestrian Accident?
The actions that you take after your pedestrian accident can make a big difference in the quality of life that you will have for the future and the judgement and compensation that you will receive.
At Claim Accident Services, our lawyers specialize in pedestrian accidents. If you are a pedestrian of if you have a loved one who has been injured in an accident, they can help you recuperate your financial losses and receive payment for pain and suffering. Our expert lawyers understand the system and can block the loopholes that insurers use to deflect blame to get you the maximum payout for your claim.
In addition to high-quality legal representation, our lawyers can also connect you with health care providers through the Claim Accident Services network. Our therapists are skilled at treating injuries such as sprains and strains, soft tissue injuries, fractures, head injuries, herniated discs, spinal cord injury and paralysis, torn ligaments, facial injuries and scarring, loss of limbs and internal organ damage, and will ensure that you make a healthy recovery.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident, contact Claim Accident Services today to get the speedy recovery and compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Claim Accident Services?
- Pay nothing until we win your case
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