Drivers in Ontario must stop at any crosswalk and wait for pedestrians to complete the crossing and exit the crosswalk before they proceed. While this law is intended to protect pedestrians, accidents that cause traumatic injuries to pedestrians continue to occur. In many cases, these crashes lead to life-changing brain injuries for the victims.
A 72-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries on a recent Tuesday morning. Hamilton authorities report the incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. in Dundas. An accident report indicates that the senior was struck by a tow truck that turned onto the street where she was crossing.
According to police, there is no reason to suspect that alcohol, drugs or speed played a role in this accident. The investigation is ongoing, and authorities asked for witnesses to come forward. In the meantime, the victim remained in serious condition.
Victims who survive pedestrian accidents typically find it difficult to remember the exact details of such an incident. Versions of witnesses and law enforcement can be conflicting, which can make it challenging to pursue claims for financial relief. An Ontario lawyer who is experienced in personal injury cases that involve brain injuries can take over and launch an independent investigation, including an accident reconstruction, to get an accurate picture of the circumstances before presenting the claim in a civil court. If negligence is appropriately established, a monetary judgment against the vehicle operator and any separate owner of the vehicle might be entered to cover documented claims for economic and non-economic damages.
Source: CBC News Hamilton, "Senior struck at crosswalk, hospitalized with serious head injuries", Feb. 6, 2018