Motor vehicle operators throughout the province owe a duty of care to all road-users, including other drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders, cyclists, and pedestrians. With no protection from the hazards of the road, pedestrians are far and away the most vulnerable road-users, and the most susceptible to severe, catastrophic injuries as the result of being struck by a negligent driver.
The overwhelming majority of injurious pedestrian accidents are the result of a motor vehicle operator’s negligence. A driver’s failure to consider the consequences of their actions can put the lives of other community members at risk. In Antigonish, common examples of driver negligence that often results in fatal or injury-causing pedestrian accidents include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signs/signals
- And more
Pedestrian accident claims in this province have a reverse onus of proof on the driver. Typically, in a motor vehicle accident claim, the injured party is required to present evidence proving that their injuries were the result of another driver’s negligence. However, in cases involving an injured pedestrian, it is automatically presumed that the driver who struck them with their vehicle engaged in negligent conduct behind the wheel.
That being the case, if a driver’s negligence leads to an injury-causing pedestrian accident, the at-fault driver may be liable for damages incurred by the injured accident victim. These damages might include:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Rehabilitative therapies
- Medical equipment
- Mobility aids
- In-home attendant care
- Physical therapy
- Strength-training classes
- Psychological counselling
- Psychiatric treatment
- Accessibility adjustments to their homes
- Mileage expenses to and from medical appointments
- And more
However, in an attempt to reduce the amount of damages they will be required to pay to injured accident victims, the drivers responsible for pedestrian accidents often try to prove that the injured party’s own actions contributed to the circumstances leading to the collision. Negligent drivers may try disputing the injured pedestrian’s re-telling of the events and proving that wrongful conduct on their own part, in fact, caused the accident to occur. If successful, the amount of damages they might be ordered to pay injured pedestrian accidents victims could be substantially lowered.
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident and sustained injuries as a result, you may benefit from a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Antigonish. During a no-obligation first meeting with our Antigonish pedestrian accident lawyers, you will have the chance to discuss your case and receive personalized legal advice tailored to the details of your accident, all at no cost.
By working with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Antigonish, you may be able to recover the maximum amount of compensation to which you are owed. To learn more about your options, call Preszler Injury Lawyers and take advantage of your free initial consultation with our Antigonish pedestrian accident lawyers.
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Our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Antigonish offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. To learn more about how we may be able to assist with your case, book your free initial consultation with our Antigonish pedestrian accident lawyers by contacting Preszler Injury Lawyers today.