Pedestrian Accidents Etobicoke

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Etobicoke, with its vibrant streets and efficient public transit, is great for pedestrians to explore local shops and commute around the city. However, the busy streets and the large number of pedestrians make pedestrian accidents in Etobicoke all too common.

Toronto contributes to approximately 14% of Canada’s pedestrian fatalities each year. Tragically, these accidents often result in severe injury or even loss of life. In roughly 21% of pedestrian accidents, the pedestrian is seriously injured, and in 9%, the pedestrian loses their life.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian accident in Etobicoke, there are avenues available to seek justice and financial compensation. The experienced lawyers at Zayouna Law are here to offer guidance and support during these trying times. They will work tirelessly to help you explore your legal options and represent you in legal proceedings or negotiations with insurance companies.

Most Common Pedestrian Accidents in Etobicoke

Most Common Pedestrian Accidents In Etobicoke - Zayouna Law Firm

Understanding how, where, and when pedestrian accidents occur is the first step to preventing future accidents. In the majority of accidents, the driver is at fault, but not always. Pedestrian accidents can be caused by a variety of factors and everyone can play a role in helping to prevent accidents.

Some of the most common pedestrian accidents include:

  • Crosswalk Collisions: Pedestrians typically have the right of way in crosswalks, but misunderstandings do happen, leading to potentially catastrophic situations.
  • Intersection Accidents: Intersections pose elevated risks for pedestrians, with turning accidents being among the most common. In these scenarios, a driver executing a turn at an intersection may fail to see a pedestrian crossing in front of them.
  • Distracted Driving: The widespread use of smartphones and other electronic devices has significantly increased the prevalence of distracted driving, culminating in distracted driving becoming the most prevalent factor in motor vehicle accidents.
  • Speeding: Speeding not only increases the likelihood of pedestrian accidents but also drastically increases the severity of injuries when they do occur.
  • Impaired Driving: Impaired drivers are at an increased risk of involvement in all car accidents. Alcohol and drugs impair a driver’s judgment, coordination, and reaction time, making them more likely to fail to notice pedestrians.
  • Failure to Observe Traffic Signals: Both pedestrians and drivers can contribute to accidents by ignoring traffic signals. Pedestrians who cross against a red light or “Don’t Walk” signal expose themselves to unnecessary danger, while drivers who disobey traffic signals may collide with pedestrians who are legally crossing the street.
  • Reversing Accidents: These accidents tend to occur when a vehicle, typically in the process of backing out of a driveway or parking space, hits a pedestrian who may not be within their line of sight.
  • Turning at Non-signalized Crosswalks: Turning at an intersection without a traffic signal or stop sign poses a particularly high risk of collision with pedestrians as drivers are more likely to assume right of way and fail to notice pedestrians in the intersection.

What to do After a Pedestrian Accident in Etobicoke

What To Do After A Pedestrian Accident In Etobicoke - Zayouna Law Firm

In the event of a pedestrian accident, there are some essential steps to take, both on-site and after. These steps will help protect your health and safety and help strengthen your case when filing insurance claims or pursuing a tort claim against the at-fault driver.

Here are some of the recommended steps to take following the accident:

  • Prioritize Your Safety: If you can safely move, attempt to move away from traffic and potential hazards. However, if there is any suspicion of spinal injuries, it’s vital to remain where you are until professional help arrives.
  • Check for Injuries: Assess your own condition as well as that of others involved in the accident. If anyone is injured, call 911 immediately.
  • Contact the Police: In Ontario, it’s mandatory to report all accidents to the police that involve injuries or significant property damage. A police report will also play a crucial role in future insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  • Exchange Information: Make sure to obtain the driver’s name, license plate, contact information, and insurance details. If the driver fled the scene, look for any witnesses or camera footage that can help you identify them.
  • Gather Evidence: If it’s safe to do so, take photos of the accident site, any visible injuries, and the involved vehicle. If there are any witnesses, get them to record a statement, and look out for any potential cameras that might have footage of the accident. Create a detailed record of the events that occurred leading up to the accident.
  • Seek Medical Attention: Even if your injuries seem minor at first, seek immediate medical attention. Some serious injuries have an insidious onset, so delaying treatment can be harmful in the long term. Remember to keep a detailed record of all doctor’s appointments and expenses incurred in the process.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: Contact your car insurance provider to file a claim as soon as possible. If you don’t have insurance, you will file the claim through the driver’s insurance company.
  • Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer: In cases where the accident results in significant injuries, disputes regarding fault, or if you believe you may have a legal case, you should contact a personal injury lawyer right away.

Zayouna Law Firm: Your Etobicoke Pedestrian Accident Lawyer

Your Etobicoke Pedestrian Accident Lawyer - Zayouna Law Firm

All drivers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of other road users, including pedestrians. When a driver neglects their duty of care and their actions lead to an accident, they can be held legally accountable for the consequences.

If you find yourself involved in a pedestrian accident in Etobicoke and suspect that it resulted from a driver’s negligence, you may have grounds to pursue a legal claim. Partnering with a personal injury lawyer will make all the difference if you decide to pursue financial compensation for your losses.

The lawyers at Zayouna Law have decades of experience assisting victims of pedestrian accidents, helping them negotiate with insurance companies and successfully navigate the tort claim process. We offer free initial consultations where we will assess your case, educate you about your options under Ontario law, and represent you in any legal proceedings, if necessary.

Call Zayouna Law today to meet with one of our lawyers and take the first steps toward returning to a normal life.

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