British Columbia Pedestrian Accidents
When drivers distractedly coast through intersections, ignore stop signs, get behind the wheels of their vehicles while inebriated, or engage in any other form of negligence, they endanger the lives of all road-users. Negligent drivers can end the lives of other motorists, their passengers, bicyclists, motorcycle riders, ebike operators, and others. But the road-users most at risk of sustaining fatal injuries in a collision caused by negligent drivers are pedestrians.
In British Columbia, the rate of injury-causing pedestrian accidents nearly doubles between October and January each year. As days grow shorter and visibility on the road decreases, the chances of drivers failing to notice pedestrians increases. As the weather gets wetter and the roads get slicker, distracted or reckless drivers have a more difficult time screeching to a halt before reaching unnoticed traffic lights or stop signs. The seasonal conditions make it easier for negligent drivers to severely injure or kill innocent pedestrians.
The majority of pedestrian accidents in British Columbia occur at intersections. Even pedestrians who lawfully cross the street when they have the right of way are vulnerable to the whims of negligent drivers who ignore their traffic signals. Mothers with baby strollers, children on their way to school, office workers heading home for the day, and other regular community members can have their lives cut short by motorists who fail to follow the rules of the road.
Although most British Columbia pedestrian accidents take place at intersections, these potentially fatal collisions can occur in any location where unprotected road-users travel in close proximity to motor vehicles. Pedestrian accidents can happen in a number of different settings, including:
- Residential streets
- Parking lots
- Rural roads
- Private driveways
- Forest service roads
- And other locations
According to the British Columbia Coroners Service, on average, 56 pedestrians are killed each year throughout the province. Unlike the occupants of passenger vehicles who have their cars’ built-in safety features to rely on in the event of a collision, or even bicycle riders who have the protection of helmets and other wearable safety gear, pedestrians are completely exposed to the elements. When struck by motor vehicles, especially those moving at high speeds, pedestrians can quickly and senselessly lose their lives.
Those who manage to survive a pedestrian accident often sustain severe, catastrophic, life-changing injuries. Approximately 2300 British Columbians are injured as the result of pedestrian accidents each year. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, including the speed at which the at-fault driver’s vehicle was traveling, environmental factors, as well as the age and medical condition of the victim, injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can range in severity. In British Columbia, common injuries arising from pedestrian accidents typically include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Facial and dental injuries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Friction wounds (e.g. road rash)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Neck and back injuries
- And more
Being injured in an unexpected and traumatic accident can be an extremely difficult burden to bear. Injured pedestrian accident survivors often find themselves struggling to cope with severe pain, newly acquired disabilities, emotional turmoil, and exorbitant financial losses.
If you were involved in a collision caused by a negligent driver, you might be eligible to recover compensation for damages arising from the injuries you sustained. Our British Columbia pedestrian accident lawyers provide all prospective clients with a free initial consultation. To take advantage of your cost-free, no-obligation first meeting with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving British Columbia, call Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-800-JUSTICE.
Damages That Might Be Available to Survivors of British Columbia Pedestrian Accidents
No one imagines that, one day, they will find themselves in the hospital, fighting for their lives in the aftermath of a traumatic accident. No one can prepare for these shocking and life-changing events. Very few pedestrian accident survivors are able to afford the costly injury-related expenses that they might be required to pay out-of-pocket in the wake of their injurious collision. And even fewer pedestrians are likely to be familiar with the intricacies of the ICBC claims process.
That is why taking advantage of assistance from our pedestrian accident lawyers serving British Columbia can be so beneficial to injured accident survivors. Preszler Injury Lawyers have combined decades’ worth of experience helping community members in need recover the fair compensation to which they might be entitled.
Even before beginning the process of filing an ICBC claim, consider scheduling your free initial consultation. Our British Columbia pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to help walk you through the process of filing a claim and help you assess the full amount of damages you might be owed.
The process of filing an ICBC claim can be even more onerous for injured survivors of hit and run accidents. Left stranded by thoughtless, cowardly, negligent drivers, injured pedestrians who have been struck by vehicles that fled the accident scene may require tremendous support to help secure the damages they deserve.
Recovering from injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can be a long and expensive journey. However, our pedestrian accident lawyers serving British Columbia may be able to help injured accident survivors recover damages they have been forced to pay, as well as damages they might incur in the future. These generally include:
- Mobility devices
- Medical equipment
- Attendant care
- Other medical expenses
- Psychological treatment
- Mileage to and from medical appointments
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Reduced future earning capacities
- Home modifications to accommodate disabilities
- Pain and suffering
- And possibly more
To learn more about how our British Columbia pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to assist you, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
For a Free Initial Consultation, Call 1-800-JUSTICE
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should have to pay for someone else’s wrongdoings. If you were struck by a negligent driver and sustained compensable injuries as a result, book a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving British Columbia to learn about options for financial recovery that might be available to you. Call 1-800-JUSTICE for your free, no-obligation first meeting with our British Columbia pedestrian accident lawyers.