Pedestrians of all ages are susceptible to fatal or catastrophic injuries resulting from the wrongful actions of negligent drivers. Children on the sidewalk, students on their way to school, adults on their way to work, and senior citizens out for an afternoon walk could all suddenly lose their lives when struck by a reckless, distracted, inebriated, or otherwise negligent motorist.
According to the most recent report on Alberta Traffic Collision Statistics, dozens of Alberta residents are killed in pedestrian accidents each year. Several hundred others sustain serious injuries after being struck by a motor vehicle.
Oftentimes, the drivers responsible for pedestrian accidents flee the scene, leaving the injured party alone in the street to try fending for themselves. And even though anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident should be entitled to Section B benefits to offset their injury-related expenses, without the ability to identify the at-fault driver, pedestrians may be unable to locate the insurance company responsible for providing their coverage.
Pedestrians who have been involved in hit-and-run accidents may still be eligible to receive insurance coverage through the province’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC). Those who have been struck by an uninsured driver may be able to pursue MVAC coverage, as well.
If the driver who fled the scene of the pedestrian accident can be identified, they deserve to be held accountable for their actions. In civil proceedings related to pedestrian accident claims in this province, there is a reverse onus of proof on the driver. Unlike in other motor vehicle accident claims where the injured party is required to prove the defendant’s negligence in order to recover damages, in pedestrian accident claims, it is automatically presumed that the driver in question was at-fault for the collision.
That said, negligent drivers and their insurance providers still have the chance to try proving that their actions alone were not solely responsible for the pedestrian accident. By trying to prove that the injured pedestrian was, in some way, contributorily negligent and therefore somewhat responsible for the accident themselves, they could effectively reduce the settlement amount awarded to the injured party.
That is why the support and guidance of a pedestrian accident lawyer serving Cochrane can be so crucial. Without a working knowledge of the unfair tactics often employed by insurance providers and defense litigators, it can be difficult for injured pedestrian accident survivors to recover the compensation they should be rightfully owed.
By working with our Cochrane pedestrian accident lawyers, you may be able to hold the driver responsible for your injuries accountable for their wrongful actions, and to recover the maximum amount of damages to which you could be entitled. To learn more about working with our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Cochrane, contact us today.
Injured survivors of pedestrian accidents have only a short amount of time in which to act. After being involved in an injury-causing pedestrian accident, it is important to seek out legal advice and assistance as soon as possible.
You can receive the benefit of personalized legal advice during a free initial consultation with our Cochrane pedestrian accident lawyers. To learn how we may be able to help you in your fight for justice and fair compensation, contact our Cochrane pedestrian accident lawyers.
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