As a pedestrian, you are more vulnerable to severe personal injury when in the vicinity of motor vehicles. Whether you are walking, jogging, or riding your bike, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the consequences can be devastating. Traumatic personal injury from these types of accidents can lead to high medical bills, long term disability, lost wages from time missed at work, and emotional turmoil. That’s why if you’ve been hit by a negligent driver you need the help of experienced pedestrian accident attorneys to make sure the responsible party is held liable and you get the compensation you deserve.
Because of the ever-changing landscape of laws governing cars and accidents, it’s important to contact the skilled pedestrian accident attorneys at Findlay personal Injury Lawyers today at (855) 862-7258 and schedule your free consultation. We proudly serve those who live in and near Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Stoney Creek, & Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Pedestrian Accident Injuries
When you jog or ride your bike on the street you are significantly more exposed to the dangers of the road than if you were in a car. You can take every precaution necessary, but one mishap from a careless driver can have serious consequences for you. Some of the catastrophic injuries that you may incur from being hit by a motor vehicle include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Death (wrongful death)
Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents
There are many situations that may lead you to be involved in a pedestrian accident. While it may be difficult to establish during the accident, knowing the cause may help maximize your potential claim against the careless driver. A few of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Failure to yield
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident Benefits and Compensation
After an accident with a negligent driver, it is critical that you apply for accident benefits with your insurance company as soon as possible. Applying for these benefits is the easiest way to receive basic compensation for your injuries. But more importantly, you need to file for accident benefits if you also want to file a lawsuit against the driver who struck you.
If the driver is found to be at fault, which is often the case, you can file a lawsuit for damages relating to the accident. With the help of our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical/rehabilitation expenses
- Lost income
- Psychological counseling
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses from wrongful death
- Other benefits
Common Questions You May Have
What if I get into an accident, but I don’t have insurance?
If you have been injured by a motor vehicle, you can collect accident benefits even if you don’t have insurance. If no one has insurance, you may be able to collect under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund.
What kind of compensation can I receive?
You may qualify for income replacement benefits equal to 70 percent of your gross income, up to a maximum of $400 a week. If you are not employed, you may be entitled to a non-earner benefit of up to $185, and if you are a caregiver you may receive up to $250, plus an additional $50 a week for the person you care for.
When do I need to begin paperwork?
Within seven days of the accident you must determine what insurance company should pay you, and provide notice to that accident benefits insurance company. If you wish to file a tort claim (sue the at-fault driver) you must do so within two years of your accident. Tort claims are paid by that person’s insurance company. More than 95 percent of these claims are settled before they go to court.
Contact an Ontario Pedestrian and Cyclist Accident Attorney
At Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers, we give close personal attention to every case that comes through our doors and we put the full strength of our firm to help you receive the compensation you deserve. If you were hurt by a negligent driver, contact us at (855) 862-7258 today to schedule your free consultation. We are proud to serve clients from Hamilton, Brantford, Burlington, Stoney Creek, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.