When a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the result is often life-changing injuries or death for the pedestrian. According to a study conducted by the Deputy Chief Coroner of Ontario, the odds of a fatality for a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident are roughly 5 percent at 32 kilometres per hour (km/h), 41 percent at 48 km/h and 84 percent at 64 km/h. The higher the rate of speed at which a pedestrian is struck, the greater the likelihood that the accident is fatal for the pedestrian. The same study also found that a pedestrian struck at 50 km/h is five times more likely to die than one struck at 30 km/h. Most fatalities occur in urban areas, with 75 percent occurring on wide, busy arterial roads.
Insurance Protection Claims
If an accident was caused by another driver’s negligence, you can seek recovery of your financial losses as well as compensation for pain and suffering through a personal injury claim as the injured pedestrian or a family member of an accident victim.
If you were a pedestrian struck by a motor vehicle, then you may also be eligible to claim accident benefits from your auto insurance policy (or the at-fault driver’s insurance policy if you have no auto insurance).
Both claim types apply to victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and bicycle accidents as well. Our Barrie personal injury lawyers will seek all the benefits that you qualify for as an injured victim.
In collisions involving adult pedestrians, there are often three direct impacts: the lower leg region, which is impacted by the front bumper, the upper body and the head, which usually come into contact with the hood and/or windshield. Injuries usually arise from contact with the vehicle and then also the ground. Common injuries include traumatic brain injuries, trauma to the head, legs, and pelvis, tibial plateau fractures, and ligamentous injuries of the knee. A personal injury lawyer in Barrie can discuss the resulting legal implications from these injuries with you. The compensation in your case will depend on many different factors.
Pedestrian accidents can result from a number of different causes, including distracted driving, speeding, aggressive driving practices, general carelessness, failure to follow traffic rules, and failing to stop at marked or unmarked crosswalks.
Get Professional Help for Your Case at Littlejohn Barristers
Pedestrian accidents typically result in very serious injuries or death. It’s important to incorporate a personal injury lawyer in your plans to obtain financial compensation for the accident. Of course, no amount of financial compensation will make up for a tragic personal loss and emotional trauma incurred, but our lawyers can fight for what is reasonable and fair. Without legal representation, your battle against the insurance company would be uphill. The insurance company employs lawyers and law clerks to deny you benefits. You need a legal representative on your side to level the playing field. Contact a pedestrian accident lawyer in Barrie at our firm today. Littlejohn Barristers has pedestrian accident lawyers serving Collingwood, Orillia, and Midland as well. Call us at 705‑725‑7355.
For your convenience, we’re located just minutes from the County Courthouse. Call Littlejohn Barristers today at 705‑725‑7355 to find out how we can help you in your fight for justice. Our office is in Barrie, but our lawyers are proud to serve Midland, Collingwood, Orillia and surrounding Ontario areas.