Pedestrian accidents can result in serious or catastrophic injuries from being hit by a vehicle, motorcycle, or bicycle.
Pedestrian accidents are becoming more and more common, as there have been a high number of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries as a result of driver negligence. There can be a lot of questions surrounding a pedestrian accident. Many individuals are not aware of their rights to sue the driver after an accident or claim benefits from the driver’s insurance if the pedestrian does not have car insurance of their own.
In Ontario, the law works in favour of the pedestrian as the onus is on the motorist to prove they were not negligent when hitting a pedestrian. These types of cases can be complex and require a lawyer with experience on their side.
Hit-and-Run Accidents: What do you do next?
In Ontario, there has been a rise in hit-and-run accidents. A hit-and-run accident is where the driver fails to remain on scene of a pedestrian accident. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, it is best to try and remember as much information about the vehicle as possible. The colour, make, model and, if possible, the license plate number.
Steps That Should Be Taken After a Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident:
Motorists may flee a scene after hitting a pedestrian for a number of reasons. They could feel embarrassment, they may be driving without a driver’s license or even a suspended license. They may not have car insurance, or their car insurance has expired, a more common reason is that the driver was intoxicated and wanted to flee before police arrived. Regardless of the reason, motorists who flee the scene can face serious charges, fines or penalties.
If you were involved in a pedestrian accident, and are unsure of whether you are entitled to benefits, compensation or if you have been a victim of a hit-and-run accident. Contact us today and speak with a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer for a free consultation!