Ottawa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian accidents occur most frequently at intersections, in the winter months, and after night has fallen. Partially owing to poor visibility and slick road conditions, pedestrians crossing icy streets might be even more vulnerable than usual to the unsafe on-road behaviours of negligent drivers. Distracted, inebriated, reckless, or otherwise negligent motor vehicle operators who speed excessively or fail to obey their traffic signals could coast through snowy intersections, ending the lives of unsuspecting, lawful pedestrians.
However, pedestrian accidents can– and do– occur at all times of year, at all hours of the day, and in any location where people travel in close proximity to motor vehicles. Cars can strike pedestrians in parking lots, on sidewalks, on rural roads, on residential streets, and other locations throughout Ottawa.
All motor vehicles in the province are required to abide by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. The people who operate motor vehicles are required to do so with a reasonable degree of caution, and in consideration of the safety of all other road-users, including pedestrians. If a driver neglects their duty of care by violating any of the rules of the road, the consequences for unsuspecting pedestrians can be deadly.
By engaging in any number of wrongful actions (or inactions) behind the wheel of their vehicles, negligent drivers put the very lives of other community members at risk. Failing to consider the possible consequences of their negligent behaviour could also cause innocent pedestrians to sustain severe, even catastrophic injuries that have lifelong repercussions.
If you were injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver, our Ottawa pedestrian accident lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for financial losses you have incurred as a result of the injuries you have sustained. Common examples of driver negligence that often leads to injury-causing accidents in Ottawa include:
- Texting while driving
- Street-racing / stunt driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Ignoring traffic signs or signals
- And more
Many negligent drivers who accidentally strike pedestrians with their vehicles fail to remain at the scene of the collision. By fleeing the accident scene, hit-and-run drivers cowardly and callously leave vulnerable road-users to fend for themselves. They might, indeed, be abandoning an innocent, injured community member to die in the street.
If you were injured by a negligent driver who failed to remain at the scene of the collision, you might have questions about how to go about pursuing compensation after your hit-and-run. To receive personalized, case-specific, feedback about legal options that might be available to you, take advantage of a free initial consultation with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Ottawa by calling 1-800-JUSTICE.
Speak with Our Ottawa Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver, you should not be made to suffer the physical, psychological, and financial consequences. If you are eligible to pursue a claim, our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Ottawa may be able to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.
To speak with our Ottawa pedestrian accident lawyers today, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers and receive a free initial consultation on your case.