When negligent drivers operate their vehicle in an unsafe manner, the lives of innocent, unsuspecting accident victims can be changed forever. Drivers who coast through intersections and crosswalks could kill pedestrians lawfully crossing the street. Negligent drivers could also strike pedestrians in parking lots, on residential streets, on rural roads, on sidewalks, and anywhere vehicles operate in close proximity to unprotected pedestrians.
Pedestrian accidents can be fatal, especially if they occur at high speeds. However, regardless of the level of impact, pedestrians who are struck by large motor vehicles can sustain serious, even disabling injuries. Injured pedestrians may never overcome the physical and psychological turmoil they have sustained as a result of their collision with a negligent driver.
In order to cope with both their physical, psychological and practical challenges following a severe collision with a negligent driver, injured survivors of pedestrian accidents frequently incur substantial financial losses. The damages sustained by injured pedestrians are often related to:
- Medical treatment
- 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
Anyone who owns or operates a motor vehicle in the province is required to do so according to the rules of the road. This means, they are legally obligated to provide a duty of care to all other road-users. That doesn’t mean they are only required to engage in safe driving habits around other cars. Motor vehicle operators are responsible for the safety of everyone on the road, including pedestrians. If a driver fails to uphold this duty of care by engaging in various traffic law violations, they may be considered negligent.
The overwhelming majority of pedestrian accidents are the direct result of driver negligence. Some common examples of negligence that frequently result in injury-causing pedestrian accidents include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Excessive speeding
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
- And more
Since pedestrian accidents are almost always caused by the negligence of the motor vehicle operator who struck the pedestrian, in Glace Bay and throughout the province, there is a reverse onus of proof on the driver responsible for the pedestrian’s injuries. In other accident claims, the plaintiff (i.e. the injured party) is usually required to prove that their injuries are the result of the defendant’s (i.e. the driver’s) negligence. However, in pedestrian accident claims, the drivers involved are automatically presumed to be at-fault for the collision. As such, they may attempt to prove that the pedestrian’s own wrongful behaviours (such as jay-walking or ignoring traffic signals) contributed to the circumstances leading up to their collision, in a vain attempt to reduce the amount of financial compensation they may be required to pay.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Glace Bay have experience helping injured pedestrians stand up to false accusations of contributory negligence. If you were injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver, our Glace Bay pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to provide you with important, beneficial legal assistance.
To learn more about how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help with your case, book a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Glace Bay today.
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Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road-users, and the people most susceptible to life-altering injuries as the result of a driver’s negligence. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we appreciate the high, unexpected costs associated with sustaining severe injuries, and work hard to reduce financial barriers so that injured accident survivors can utilize our legal services. That is why our Glace Bay pedestrian accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation to members of the local community.
To receive the benefit of our legal advice, book a free no-obligation initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Glace Bay. Call Preszler Injury Lawyers today to learn more about how we may be able to help.