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National statistics indicate that people are choosing to walk to their destinations more than ever. This could contribute to the rising number of annual pedestrian If you or a loved one was hurt in a pedestrian accident, our team at Hurt in Mississauga can fight for you. We encourage you to contact a Mississauga pedestrian accident attorney from our team as soon as possible in order to discuss your rights in a free case evaluation. The sooner you are able to speak with our experienced, aggressive trial lawyers, the better your chance of obtaining the compensation you deserve after a traffic accident.
Children & the Elderly Are at Increased Risk of Pedestrian Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has reported that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than vehicle occupants to suffer a fatality in a traffic accident. There are groups of pedestrians who are statistically even more likely to be seriously hurt or injured.Elderly adults constitute one high-risk group.
Tips for Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrians who commute in areas without proper sidewalks are also at an increased risk of death or injury. When sidewalks are not available, pedestrians should stay on the shoulder and should walk facing or against traffic, rather than with the flow of traffic. This allows the pedestrian better visibility and the ability to see oncoming cars and traffic conditions, so that they can move out of the way if necessary.
Pedestrians should also practice safe habits such as:
- Wearing bright or reflective clothing, especially at night
- Carrying a flashlight
- Using only designated crosswalks
- Following all applicable traffic signs and signals
- Staying on the sidewalk when possible
There are some crosswalks and intersections that are notoriously dangerous for pedestrians. In these scenarios, successful claims and lawsuits have been filed against cities for their failure to provide adequate crosswalks and warning signals. Contact a personal injury attorney if you believe city planners to played a role in your pedestrian accident. Drivers also play a role in protecting pedestrians. So how can they help maintain pedestrian safety? Drivers frequently fail to give the right of way to pedestrians. They may also fail to look carefully before crossing a street. Drivers need to be vigilant at night or in low-light situations; studies show the risk of accidents significantly increases after sunset.
Tips for Pedestrian Safety
One of the leading causes of pedestrian accidents is drunk driving.Alcohol plays a role in around 48% of traffic crashes that end in a pedestrian fatality. Drivers who choose to drive while intoxicated endanger all those on or near the road.
Unfortunately, many drunk drivers also leave the scene of the car accident and fail to provide aid to those injured. Any driver who is involved in an accident is required to stop and assess the situation. He or she must not only render aid to injured victims if necessary, but must also stay at the scene of the accident in order to speak with law enforcement officials and to exchange insurance information.
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Drivers who are responsible for pedestrian accidents will likely have to provide payment under their auto insurance policies. Injured pedestrians may also be able to secure additional coverage under their own auto insurance policies. Even if the driver that hit you has already been cited with a moving violation or drunk driving charges, you may be able to take additional actions against them. Our firm can help. We have been serving our community for years, and our track record shows our ability to win major cases and achieve deserved compensation for our injured clients. Whether you or someone you love was hurt or even killed in a Ontario pedestrian accident, we invite you to contact Hurt in Mississauga for tough advocacy and support during this challenging time. Let us make your voice heard to the driver and other parties responsible for your pain.
To learn more about your rights as well as to receive a free initial evaluation of your case, contact our firm at 800.793.3903 or fill out our free online case evaluation today.
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