As a dedicated personal injury lawyer serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA, we often represent pedestrians that have been seriously injured as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle. Pedestrian accidents in Toronto and the GTA often result in critical injuries and, often, these accidents can be fatal. Pedestrian accidents account for a significant number of brain injuries and fractures and broken bones.
In our experience, more pedestrian accidents occur in Toronto during the late fall and winter months. Likely, this is because of less daylight, and weather factors that reduce visibility. During colder months, pedestrians also tend to wear darker clothing, which also makes pedestrians less visible to drivers. For drivers, it is important to stay aware and always expect pedestrians, particularly in urban areas and near intersections. People walking can also do things to improve their safety, such as wearing bright or reflective clothing, and try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. It is important that pedestrians not simply assume that driver's have seen them and will stop.
Due to the severity of injuries following a Toronto pedestrian accident, it is common to be off work and in need of assistance for an extended period of time. Financial hardship can present additional challenges and difficulties on top of your efforts to get better and heal. In Ontario, there are a number of laws that impact upon your rights to compensation following a pedestrian accident. These laws apply to liability (fault) and damages (compensation). Additionally, there are often multiple insurance policies or claims that need to be advanced simultaneously to protect your rights. Accident law is complex in Ontario, and most people will need the expertise of an Ontario personal injury lawyer with experience in pedestrian accidents.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as a result of a motor vehicle on pedestrian accident, call us for a FREE Consultation. We can schedule an in-person meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer so that you can have your questions answered. There is no fee and no obligation to meet with us. Call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete an online contact form here.
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Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.