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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians do have rights when using roadways in Toronto. However, motorists often neglect these rights. As a pedestrian, if you have been struck by a motorist or cyclist you may be eligible for compensation for your personal injuries. If you were properly obeying traffic signals such as a walk signal, and you are within the boundaries of a cross walk, fault can usually be established against an at-fault person.

The law requires that drivers exercise care for the safety of pedestrians. Drivers should always give pedestrians right-of-way within crosswalks and never pass a car that has stopped for a pedestrian. Often other drivers do not see pedestrians or drive in a way that may cause harm to pedestrians such as:

  • Not yielding the right-of-way to the pedestrian.
  • Entering an intersection with a flashing red light and not coming to a complete stop.
  • Entering an intersection with a flashing amber light and not yielding the right-of-way to any pedestrians within the crosswalks.
  • Not yielding to pedestrians that have the right-of-way within a crosswalk, intersection with a stop sign, yield sign, or at an open intersection.
  • Driving without the proper care and attention.
  • Failing to observe posted speed limits.
  • Disobeying traffic signs or signals
  • Failing to stop before turning right on red at an intersection.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If you have been struck by a motor vehicle, even if you are partially to blame for the accident, you may be entitled to “no fault” benefits. Contact our Toronto pedestrian accident lawyers to help assess your case, and help you understand your rights.

Call us (416) 754-9962 to speak with our experienced personal injury lawyers who will answer your questions and provide a free case evaluation that will get you the best possible settlement.

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