Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Toronto
A pedestrian accident lawyer can help if you have been injured by a car while walking on the street. Our pedestrian accident lawyers know that the impact of an injury can be life altering. Pedestrians are considered some of the most vulnerable users of our roads, as walkers and runners do not have the protection of a motor vehicle when they are struck by a car. Injuries from a “hit and run” or pedestrian knockdown situation can be devastating. These injuries can often include traumatic brain injuries, fractures and other orthopaedic injuries and in the most tragic cases, the death of a loved one. Finding the pedestrian accident lawyer that is best for you requires careful consideration.
Our experienced pedestrian accident lawyers are here to help navigate you and your family through these complex claims. Contact us now for your free consultation.
In some cases a pedestrian can be injured due to a slip and fall or a trip and fall. In other instances the accident may have been caused by a motor vehicle. In Ontario, if you have been injured due to the negligence of a motor vehicle while walking or running, there are several issues to be aware of:
Accident Benefits or No Fault Insurance Claims
First, because the injury was caused by a car accident, you are eligible to claim no fault accident benefits. This claim is generally made to your own auto insurance company even though your car was not involved in the accident. If you do not have access to car insurance, your claim may be made to the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you. In cases of a hit and run or an unidentified or uninsured driver, the accident benefits claim is made to the Ontario Government through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.
Second, the driver of the car that caused the accident may be liable to you for damages to compensate you for your losses. The laws of Ontario place an added responsibility on drivers to avoid striking pedestrians, and require them to prove that they were not driving negligently to avoid responsibility. Claims against an at fault driver can include compensation for pain and suffering (general damages), income loss, cost of health care and housekeeping expenses. In cases of a fatality, the family may make claims for their loss of care, guidance and companionship as well as for loss of dependency which can include the loss of income and support.
Our pedestrian accident lawyers are well versed in the intricacies of all forms of accidents and obtaining the compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact us now for your free consultation.