Each year, approximately 2,400 pedestrians suffer injuries in British Columbia. Perhaps you or a loved one have now become one of those unfortunate statistics. Of course, you are not a statistic, but a person dealing with serious, often permanent injuries. Because of the actions of the driver who hit you, your life is changed forever.
A Courtenay personal injury lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers can advise you of your rights and help you through the claims process. Our dedicated lawyers investigate every aspect of the case, from examining the accident scene to interviewing witnesses.
Pedestrian accident causes
Most pedestrian accidents result from negligent or reckless behaviour on the part of the motorist. Such actions may include:
There are circumstances under which the pedestrian may prove partly at fault for the accident. For example, if the pedestrian is drunk or distracted, they may put themselves in harm’s way.
However, a driver is always supposed to look and yield to people crossing the street, and that holds true whether or not the crosswalk is designated with formal lines or signage. It is not wise for pedestrians to wear dark clothing at night, but that is not an excuse for a driver not to avoid hitting them. Bad weather and poor visibility mean both motorists and pedestrians must take extra care, but the driver is still responsible for his or her vehicle in inclement conditions.
After the pedestrian accident
After getting hit by a motor vehicle, most pedestrians are in no condition to collect evidence at the accident scene. If it is a possibility, however, use your cellphone to video or photograph the site and get the contact and insurance information of the motorist and contact information of any witnesses.
Pedestrian accident compensation
When the motorist is at fault, the injured party may file an injury claim. Compensation for injuries may include:
A personal injury lawyer evaluates the claim based on the client’s individual circumstances. That involves reviewing medical records and the patient’s prognosis, all medical bills regarding the injury, and consulting with experts to determine the injury’s short-and-long-term effects. Based on this information, we know a fair settlement amount for damages.
Contact Courtenay pedestrian accident lawyers
If you were injured by a motor vehicle while walking or cycling, contact the pedestrian accident law firm of Preszler Injury Lawyers. Call us 24/7 or use our online form to schedule a free consultation. Our compassionate lawyers have had one primary focus for almost six decades, and that is seeking maximum compensation for those injured or killed in accidents due to another party’s negligence. There is never a fee unless we win.