Most pedestrian accidents occur at night, and take place at intersections, crosswalks, or other areas where pedestrians have the legal right of way to cross a street. The low visibility could contribute to the circumstances that cause an injurious pedestrian accident. However, regardless of when or where a pedestrian accident occurs, it is almost always the result of the offending driver’s negligence.
When distracted, reckless, inebriated, or otherwise negligent drivers ignore traffic signs or signals, coast through intersections or violate other right-of-way rules, their wrongful actions could kill an unsuspecting pedestrian. Pedestrians are completely unprotected from the hazards of the road and, in the event of a collision with a motor vehicle, could easily lose their lives or sustain severe– frequently catastrophic– injuries.
Even pedestrian accident victims who were struck by vehicles traveling at relatively low speeds can sustain serious injuries that permanently affect their overall quality of life. As a result of the injuries they have sustained, pedestrian accident survivors often endure physical pains or disabilities, emotional and psychological turmoil, and financial distress. This is especially true of injured accident survivors who can no longer perform the duties of their job as a result of the injuries they sustained in their collision. No longer able to earn their regular wages, injured pedestrian accident victims who cannot return to work may struggle to afford their basic costs of living in addition to their necessary expenses arising from their injuries. These newly acquired expenses 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
Pedestrian accident claims in this province have a reverse onus of proof on the driver who struck the pedestrian with their vehicle. Unlike other motor vehicle accident claims, in these cases, the offending driver who struck and injured a pedestrian is automatically presumed to be negligent and, therefore, liable for damages incurred by the injured party.
However, the at-fault driver may try presenting evidence in an attempt to prove that they were not wholly responsible for causing the pedestrian accident. If successful, the negligent driver whose wrongful actions behind the wheel caused an innocent pedestrian to sustain compensable injuries may not be required to pay the full amount of damages to which the injured party may be entitled. In fact, if an offending driver can prove that the injured pedestrian accident survivor was contributorily negligent, the amount of damages they may be required to pay could be substantially lowered.
That is why, if you were injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver, consulting with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Yarmouth could be extremely beneficial to your case. Our Yarmouth pedestrian accident lawyers are passionate about helping injured members of the community recover the compensation they deserve, and have a history of standing up to false claims of contributory negligence to best serve the needs of the clients we represent.
If you sustained injuries in a Yarmouth pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact Preszler Injury Lawyers and receive your free initial consultation.
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Our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Yarmouth offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. To review the circumstances of your accident, ask important questions, learn about options that may be available to you, and receive the benefit of personalized legal advice at no initial cost, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and book your free, no-obligation first meeting with our Yarmouth pedestrian accident lawyers.