Pedestrians on the streets of cities in Ontario will always be vulnerable, particularly after dark. When pedestrians are struck, brain injuries are often the result, and, in many cases, victims do not survive. Brain injuries typically have an adverse effect on the lives of victims and their loved ones. The trauma to the loved ones can be exacerbated if the injuries turn out to be fatal.
On a recent Friday evening, a woman was struck by a vehicle as she crossed a street in Toronto. According to a preliminary report by police, the accident occurred at approximately 11:30 p.m. Authorities say the driver who knocked her down remained at the accident scene with a minivan of which the front windshield was shattered on impact.
Reportedly, the woman was transported to a hospital at which she was treated for critical head injuries said to have been life-threatening. Sadly, she only survived for two days, as she succumbed to her injuries on the following Sunday. It is not clear whether charges are pending, and the official cause of death has not yet been reported.
Ontario families who lose loved ones in car accidents that caused brain injuries or other fatal injuries may have grounds for filing civil lawsuits. Some choose to seek the support and guidance of an experienced wrongful death lawyer at this challenging time. A lawyer can help with the establishment of negligence which is the basis of such a lawsuit. The lawyer can also present the claim in the civil court and assist the plaintiffs in their pursuit of monetary compensation for the financial losses and emotional damages that were brought about by the loved one's death.
Source: CBC News Toronto, "Woman dies in hospital after being hit by minivan in Scarborough", Dec. 4, 2017