When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, fatalities can occur. Unlike the drivers of cars, pedestrians do not have the protection of steel frames, airbags, seatbelts, and other safety features. That makes pedestrians extremely vulnerable.
Most collisions between motor vehicles and unprotected people in Dartmouth take place in the evenings, and in winter months when visibility is relatively low. Pedestrian accidents can occur in parking lots, on sidewalks, on residential streets, on rural roads, and any other location where cars may encounter people traveling by foot.
Most frequently, serious pedestrians occur at intersections and crosswalks. When motorists disregard traffic signals, drive above the speed limit, operate their vehicles distractedly, drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or violate other traffic laws, they can carelessly coast through intersections and collide with unsuspecting pedestrians.
In the Dartmouth area, all-too-often pedestrian accidents culminate in the wrongful deaths. In addition, when struck by high-speed motor vehicles, pedestrians in Dartmouth often sustain serious injuries. Some injuries commonly sustained in pedestrian accidents include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Lacerations and abrasions
- Sprains and strains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Facial or dental injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Psychological injuries
- And possibly more
According to the province’s Motor Vehicle Act, when pedestrian accidents occur, there is a reverse onus of proof on the driver involved in the collision. That means, unlike other injury-causing accidents where determining liability can be a complex process, if the driver of a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, the driver is automatically presumed to be at-fault.
As such, if you are eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages from the at-fault driver, our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Dartmouth may not need to provide evidence proving that their negligence caused you to sustain injuries. However, in civil litigation, the at-fault driver can try proving that the injured pedestrian was partially responsible for causing their accident.
During civil litigation arising from pedestrian accident injuries, at-fault drivers often put forth claims of contributory negligence to try reducing their degree of liability for the collision. If successful, the cost of damages they may be required to pay to the injured accident victim could be substantially reduced. Commonly, negligent drivers may assert that the pedestrian they injured had jay-walked or ignored their traffic signals, thus making them partially to blame for their own injuries.
Free Consultation for Dartmouth Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
Our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Dartmouth are passionate about fighting on behalf of injured community members. If a driver’s negligence caused you to sustain serious injuries, our Dartmouth pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to help in your pursuit of accountability and financial compensation by refuting any false claims of contributory negligence.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, consultations with our Dartmouth pedestrian accident lawyers are always free. To learn if you are eligible to pursue a civil claim against the motorist who caused your accident, consider booking a free, no-obligation meeting with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Dartmouth.
To book your free, initial consultation with our Dartmouth pedestrian accident lawyers, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today.