No matter how careful you are as a driver, you know that the moment you get in your car, you’re subject to the driving habits – good or bad – of all the drivers around you too. But when you’re walking down the sidewalk, you assume a certain level of safety from cars and other motor vehicles.
A recent horrific accident north of Toronto left a woman and her dog dead after being hit by a car. It was raining that evening, and the car, driven by an elderly woman, mounted the curb and bounced off trees and hit a mailbox before striking and killing the woman and her dog. The car ended up on its roof but both the driver and passenger had no injuries.
Sadly, pedestrians are often injured in car accidents. In 2010, there were a total of 4,889 motor vehicle accidents that involved pedestrians in the province of Ontario. Of them, 4,621 involved injuries to the pedestrians and there were 95 fatalities. (Those figures come from the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR) 2010, the most recent data available.)
Injured Pedestrian – What Can You Do?
As a pedestrian injured in a car accident, what can you expect?
- You can claim for financial losses and any pain and suffering caused by injury due to the accident.
- In an unfortunate case like the recent one in Vaughn, involving a fatality, there are additional claims that can be made.
- Claims may be possible against your own insurance company.
- Where there is negligence on the part of the driver, there are other avenues we can pursue.
Even in the case of a hit and run where the driver isn’t known, there are still options we can pursue.
Obviously, cases like this often get complicated, and you need experienced professional help.
Who’s Looking Out For You?
A motor vehicle accident may be more or less serious but it doesn’t take a tragedy like this one to leave you with debilitating injuries. Your own legal representation will ensure that your interests are considered in any final arrangement.
- In the case of injuries, you may not be – and probably won’t be – fully aware of the extent of your injuries immediately following an accident, even though the time you have to claim benefits is limited.
We Can Help
If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you owe it to yourself to get professional help. Even if the injury seems minor, you should contact your insurance company and a motor vehicle accident lawyer right away.
We Focus On Car & Motor Vehicle Accidents
Petrillo Law has been providing competent, caring legal advice to car accident victims in Mississauga, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and across Ontario for over 20 years. We can evaluate a case to determine whether it meets the provincial threshold required to start a lawsuit as well as represent injured people who have been denied accident benefits by their own insurance company.