Students, seniors, and members of vulnerable populations are the most likely community members to lose their lives in pedestrian accidents. The negligence of motor vehicle operators can have devastating outcomes for pedestrian accident victims and their loved ones. Even those pedestrians fortunate enough to survive being struck by a fast-moving vehicle often sustain severe or catastrophic injuries because of a driver’s negligence.
Often occurring after dark, pedestrian accidents usually occur at intersections and crosswalks. However, pedestrian accidents can occur in parking lots, on sidewalks, on residential streets, and anywhere motor vehicles are operated in close proximity to unprotected community members. By engaging in unlawful behaviours behind the wheel, negligent drivers could change the course of a pedestrian accident victim’s life forever. 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 accidents can have far-reaching implications for injured accident survivors, who may feel the adverse effects of their injuries in all areas of their lives. In addition to suffering the physical repercussions of a driver’s negligent behaviour, injured accident survivors often develop serious mental health issues as a direct result of being injured. They may also incur significant financial losses in order to cope with the injuries they have sustained. These financial losses often 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
In most motor vehicle accident claims, the injured plaintiff is required to present proof illustrating that the at-fault driver’s negligence was responsible for causing their injurious collision. However, in this province, pedestrian accident claims specifically have a reverse onus of proof on the driver involved. Since the overwhelming majority of pedestrian accidents are the result of driver negligence, it is already presumed that, if a driver struck a pedestrian with their vehicle, their wrongful conduct was to blame. Therefore, the at-fault driver may be responsible for providing the injured victim of the accident they caused with financial compensation for the injuries they have sustained.
That said, negligent drivers whose wrongful actions caused a pedestrian to sustain injuries in an accident could try proving that the injured accident survivor’s behaviours played a contributory role in causing the collision. If a negligent driver can prove that an injured pedestrian’s own violations of traffic rules (such as jay-walking or crossing against a traffic light) caused their accident to occur, the amount of damages they may be required to pay the injured accident survivor could be substantially lowered.
That is why, if you were struck by a negligent driver and sustained compensable injuries, consulting with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Wolfville right away could be beneficial. By speaking with our Wolfville pedestrian accident lawyers in a free initial consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss your case and learn about possible courses of legal action that may be available to you.
To learn how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to provide you with important legal assistance and advice, book your free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Wolfville today.
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