Ontario pedestrians will always be vulnerable because many vehicle operators fail to keep a proper lookout for them. Motorists typically benefit from the protection of enclosed vehicles with airbags, seat belts and crumple zones, none of which protect pedestrians. Although there are laws by which both pedestrians and vehicle operators must abide, the lack of protection makes pedestrians more susceptible to severe harm such as brain injuries.
Traffic in Etobicoke was delayed for several hours on a recent Monday morning while police investigated a pedestrian accident. Reportedly, a vehicle struck a female pedestrian at an intersection shortly before 9 a.m. She was said to be about 30 years old.
Authorities say the injured woman was rushed to a trauma facility by ambulance. A police spokesman reported that the victim was unconscious upon their arrival at the accident scene, but came to and remained conscious for short periods. They suspected she suffered severe trauma to her head. There is no indication of whether the vehicle operator or the pedestrian was at fault in this instance.
However, any victim of brain injuries could face life-changing consequences along with a significant financial burden brought about by medical expenses and loss of income. If the motorist is deemed responsible, an experienced personal injury lawyer may be able to help the victim pursue claims for financial relief. A lawyer can initiate an independent investigation to document negligence, which will be necessary if a personal injury lawsuit is filed in an Ontario civil court. With the successful presentation of such a claim, the victim may be awarded a monetary judgment to cover documented financial and emotional damages.
Source: insidetoronto.com, "Woman hit by vehicle, seriously hurt in south Etobicoke", Andrew Palamarchuk, Aug. 28, 2017