When negligent drivers glance away from the road distractedly, operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ignore traffic signs, speed through intersections, or engage in any form of unlawful conduct behind the wheel of their vehicle, they put the lives of innocent road-users at risk. Chiefly among the road-users most susceptible to fatal injuries as the result of a collision caused by a negligent driver are pedestrians.
Pedestrians have no protection from the dangers of the road. Simply crossing the street, returning to their cars in a parking lot, strolling down the sidewalk, or generally going about their daily business could end in the tragic loss of life, and all because of a stranger’s lack of consideration for the safety of others.
Drivers are required to uphold a duty of care to other road-users, including pedestrians. By engaging in wrongful conduct behind the wheel and violating the rules mandated by the province’s Traffic Safety Act, drivers whose actions lead to injury-causing collisions may be considered negligent.
Typically, in civil claims, an injured party pursuing financial compensation for the damages they have incurred as the result of an accident must prove that the responsible party’s negligence was responsible for the injuries they sustained. However, unlike claims related to other kinds of motor vehicle accidents, in pedestrian accident claims, the injured party does not need to prove that the driver’s negligence caused them to incur injury-related financial losses. Instead, there is an automatic presumption of fault on the part of the driver in pedestrian accident claims.
However, negligent drivers still have the opportunity to try proving that the actions of the pedestrian themselves contributed to the circumstances that led to their injury-causing accident. By doing so, these at-fault drivers and their insurance providers could try reducing the amount of compensation awarded to injured pedestrians.
Being injured in a pedestrian accident can be overwhelmingly expensive, even after receiving insurance coverage. Pedestrians who have been injured in a collision should be entitled to Section B benefits to cover the costs of certain injury-related financial losses. They may even be entitled to compensation through Alberta’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC) if they were injured in a hit-and-run accident or a collision caused by an uninsured driver. Unfortunately, depending on the severity of the injuries sustained, the insurance coverage available to an injured pedestrian may not be nearly enough to cover their total losses.
Our Lethbridge pedestrian accident lawyers believe that no one should bear the financial burden of someone else’s mistakes. By fighting for the rights of the clients we represent, our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Lethbridge strive to help injured members of the community receive the maximum amount of damages to which they should be entitled. To learn more about working with us, contact our Lethbridge pedestrian accident lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation.
Our Lethbridge pedestrian accident lawyers offer all prospective clients a free initial consultation on their case. To learn about options for financial compensation that might be available to you, contact us to take advantage of your cost-free, no-obligation consultation.
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