People who operate motor vehicles on any of the province’s roads or highways are required to provide a duty of care to all other road-users, including pedestrians. Pedestrians are the road-users who are most likely to sustain severe injuries as the result of being struck by a moving vehicle. They have no physical protection in the event of a collision and, therefore, could be catastrophically injured by a negligent driver, or killed on impact.
Many pedestrian accidents in the region involve hit-and-run drivers. Drivers who strike pedestrians with their vehicles often flee the scene of the accident and fail to report the collision to the police, for fear of the consequences. By cowardly prioritizing their own safety over the physical well-being of a community member they themselves injured with their vehicle, hit-and-run drivers could be leaving innocent, unsuspecting residents of Chéticamp in the middle of the road to die alone.
Those who are fortunate enough to survive being struck by a negligent driver often sustain catastrophic injuries, develop emotional and mental anguish, and incur significant monetary losses. Often, these losses are related to:
- 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
Injured survivors of pedestrian accidents may be able to recover compensation for the damages they have incurred by pursuing legal action against the at-fault driver. Since the overwhelming majority of pedestrian accidents are caused by driver negligence, in pedestrian accident claims throughout this province, there is a reverse onus of proof on the motorist involved.
In most motor vehicle accident claims, the plaintiff (i.e., the injured accident victim) is required to present evidence proving that their injuries were the result of the defendant’s (i.e., the at-fault driver’s) negligence. However, in pedestrian accident claims, drivers who have struck and injured pedestrians are automatically presumed to be at-fault for the collision and, therefore, liable for damages incurred by the community member they injured with their vehicle.
That said, negligent drivers may try proving that the wrongful conduct of the pedestrian accident victim in the moments leading to the collision contributed to the circumstances that caused the accident to occur. For example, the at-fault driver may assert that the pedestrian was crossing the street illegally and was hit by a vehicle as a result. If they can successfully prove that the pedestrian’s contributory negligence played a role in causing the injurious accident, the amount of damages the at-fault driver might be required to pay the injured accident victim could be significantly reduced.
That is why, if you were struck by a negligent driver and sustained injuries as a result, consulting with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Chéticamp could be beneficial. During a free initial consultation, our Chéticamp pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to explain courses of legal action that may be available to you in order to protect yourself and recover the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
To take advantage of your free initial consultation, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today and speak with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Chéticamp.
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By working with our Chéticamp pedestrian accident lawyers, injured accident survivors may be able to recover the compensation they deserve. Contact our Chéticamp pedestrian accident lawyers to receive your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.