Port Hawkesbury residents who have been injured in a pedestrian accident often feel the effects of their injuries for years after being struck by a negligent motor vehicle operator. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable road-users. They have no physical protection to absorb the shock of impact during a collision. As such, many pedestrian accidents have fatal consequences. Those lucky enough to survive being hit by a car, even one traveling at low speeds, often sustain catastrophic, disabling, permanent injuries.
The process of recovering from severe injuries or re-adjusting to life after a debilitating accident caused by someone else’s negligence can be emotionally taxing, isolating, and costly. As a result, physically injured pedestrian accident victims often develop additional disabling conditions in the form of severe mental health issues. These often include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Insomnia and other sleep disorders
- Alcohol use disorder
- And more
In order to cope with their new physical and psychological realities resulting from a negligent driver’s failure to consider the potentially injurious consequences of their action, injured pedestrians often incur a host of financial losses. Forced to pay exorbitant costs, necessary costs in order to get their lives back on track after being struck by a negligent driver, injured pedestrian accident survivors could experience profound, anxiety-inducing, financial distress.
When pedestrian accidents occur because of a motor vehicle operator’s negligence, the at-fault party may be liable for damages incurred by the injured accident victim. Since almost all pedestrian accidents are the direct result of driver negligence, in this province, there is a reverse onus of proof on the driver involved. Unlike other accident claims wherein the injured party must show evidence proving that the defendant’s wrongful actions instigated the collision, in pedestrian accident claims, it is already presumed that the driver’s negligence is responsible for the accident victim’s injuries. As such, the negligent driver might be required to financially compensate the pedestrian they injured for damages resulting from the accident.
Unfortunately, many drivers responsible for causing pedestrian accidents attempt to lower the amount of compensation they will be required to pay injured accident victims by presenting evidence illustrating the pedestrian’s contributory negligence. If a driver can prove that, before their accident, the pedestrian involved also violated traffic laws (e.g. jay-walking, ignoring traffic signals, etc.) the amount of damages they might be required to pay could be drastically reduced.
If you were hit by a negligent motor vehicle operator and are unsure of steps to take next, consider taking advantage of a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Port Hawkesbury. Our Port Hawkesbury pedestrian accident lawyers have a history of providing crucial legal support to injured accident survivors in the community, and aiding in their pursuits of accountability and fair compensation.
To review the circumstances of your collision with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Port Hawkesbury and learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to assist with your case, schedule your free initial consultation today.
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