The York Region personal injury law team at Iacobelli Law Firm is saddened to learn of yet another pedestrian fatality in the GTA. This latest pedestrian fatality is part of an alarming trend in increased fatal accidents around the GTA in the past month.
First and foremost, Iacobelli Law Firm offers its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victim of this York Region pedestrian fatality accident.
At this time, we understand that the collision remains under investigation with the York Regional Police Major Collision Investigation Unit. This fatal accident occurred on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at approximately 2 p.m., in the vicinity of Highway 11 north of Bathurst Street in King Township. A pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle and, sadly, succumbed to injuries at the scene.
Any witnesses who have not yet spoken with police are being asked to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit
by calling 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip by sending TIPYORK and your message to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.
During the fall and winter months, we often see a spike in the number of accidents involving motor vehicles and pedestrians. This is particularly the case when the weather is raining or overcast, and during afternoon and early morning hours. During this season, drivers and pedestrians must remain aware of surroundings and use caution particularly around intersections and pedestrian crossings.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of a fatal pedestrian accident, you are welcome to call me for a free consultation and have your questions answered. Call us at 416-900-1070 or complete our online contact form here.
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Toronto Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Disccuses How Turning Back the Clocks One Hour Increases Risks for Pedestrians During Evening Rush Hour
With daylight savings time and the clocks turning back one hour recently in Ontario, there is an increased risk to pedestrians during the evening rush hour. With the reduced daylight during the evening commute, pedestrians are at a much higher risk of being struck by vehicles. During low light and evening conditions, pedestrians and drivers need to exercise more caution. Despite the warnings to drivers and pedestrians, we tend to see a spike in the number of pedestrians hit by cars while crossing the street after the clocks are turned back one hour in the fall. Pedestrians should be aware of this increased risk, and take special precautions for their safety. One way of reducing the risk is by wearing bright and reflective clothing if you are walking during low light or evening.
If you or a loved one is injured as a pedestrian, there are rights and remedies available. When a pedestrian is struck by a car, the driver of the vehicle is presumed to be negligent. Nonetheless, the insurance company will still seek to minimize or defeat pedestrian injury claims. There are steps that should be taken to preserve your rights if you are a pedestrian injured by a vehicle. To learn more, call us for a free consultation with a Toronto pedestrian injury lawyer. We offer prospective clients a free, no obligation, consultation. Call us at 416-900-1070 or complete our online contact form here.
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