Pedestrians are vulnerable to being struck by cars in most cities and towns in British Columbia. When a pedestrian is struck by a negligent driver or motorcycle rider, the pedestrian has the right to be compensated by the motorist. In many cases, pedestrian accidents can be life threatening and result in serious orthopaedic and brain injuries.
Pedestrian accidents normally occur in residential/densely populated neighborhoods where drivers don’t take necessary precaution. These collisions can occur for the following reasons:
- Speeding: This is one of the leading causes of pedestrian collisions in British Columbia. Speeding is a major hazard on pedestrian streets. Collisions with pedestrians caused by high speed inevitably result in the most serious injuries.
- Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights: The Lower Mainland is full of interactions where drivers in a rush, and ignore stop signs and traffic lights. These traffic signals are in place to help protect pedestrians, and when drivers disregard basic safety rules, the consequences can be devastating.
- Ignoring surroundings: Texting and talking on a hand-held device are now a leading cause of collisions as drivers fail to focus on the road.
If you-or someone you know or love, is the victim of an pedestrian accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation, and can take legal action to pursue it.