With the arrival of spring and the improving weather in Ontario, more people will be walking and cycling in the greater Toronto area. Walking and riding bikes are not only good for your health, but also good for the environment.
When heading out for a bicycle ride or walk, remember the importance of being safe at all times. Pedestrians can often sustain serious or fatal injuries when involved in a collision with a motor vehicle.
Although all pedestrians are at risk for injury or death from accidents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies that some people are at higher risk. According to the CDC report, male pedestrians are more likely to die or be injured in a motor vehicle crash, while teens and young adults (ages 15-29 years) are more likely to be treated in emergency departments than any other age group. It was also observed that the rate of pedestrian death increases with age.
There are steps that we can all take to remain safe while walking. This includes, using designated crosswalks whenever crossing the street, and increasing visibility by wearing bright coloured clothing or reflective items. Also, do not assume that a car or truck will stop and yield simply because you have the right of way. Wait and be sure that the driver sees you before crossing.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a pedestrian accident in Ontario, contact a personal injury lawyer to learn about your rights. Iacobelli Law Firm is a dedicated Ontario personal injury law firm that represents the victims of pedestrian accidents throughout Ontario. Call us for a free consultation and case review, or complete an online contact form here.
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