The impact of an automobile on a human body usually results in serious and often permanent injuries. Pedestrians who have been hurt by a driver’s negligence may be eligible for substantial compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages due to missed time at work, and more.
Choose a Nanaimo personal injury lawyer with the experience and knowledge to successfully represent your rights when you have been hurt in a car-pedestrian crash. All initial consultations are free. We will listen to your story, estimate the total value of your case, and give you all the information you need to decide whether a pedestrian accident lawsuit is the right next step for you and your family.
Pedestrian right of way
Under Canadian law, pedestrians have the right of way when using a crosswalk, as long as they are on the same side of the road as the approaching automobile. However, right-of-way rules do not necessarily determine liability when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle. A wide variety of factors need to be taken into account before a qualified personal injury lawyer can ascertain who was at fault for the accident and who is liable for damages. The law surrounding pedestrian accidents is complex, which is why it’s best to let an experienced lawyer evaluate the circumstances of your case before making any conclusions about your eligibility to pursue monetary compensation.
Common pedestrian accident causes
Pedestrians are most often hit by vehicles that turn into their path as they cross the road. Sometimes, the drivers run a stop sign or traffic signal allowing pedestrians to cross at that time. Pedestrians may find themselves sideswiped by cars when walking along the side of the road if the motorist failed to leave sufficient room, or a pedestrian may get hit by a car pulling out of a driveway, parking lot, or a side street.
In some cases, the motorist is impaired at the time of the collision, either due to drugs or alcohol. Drivers may also be distracted by texting or otherwise being preoccupied with a mobile device. Speeding is another common factor in pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents.
Hit and run accidents
Many pedestrian accidents are of the hit and run variety. If the police cannot identify the driver responsible for the accident, an injured pedestrian may still receive compensation from the IBC.
If a loved one dies from the accident, family members can pursue IBC benefits, which may pay for funeral and burial expenses, among other costs.
Contact Nanaimo pedestrian accident lawyers
If you were hit and injured by a motor vehicle, you have nothing to lose by reaching out to a pedestrian accident law firm with a long track record of successful outcomes for car accident victims in Nanaimo and throughout British Columbia. Call or text us 24/7 to arrange a free consultation or contact us online. We will review your case and your IBC claim and advise you of your options going forward. There is never a fee unless we win.