At least 22 pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles in the GTA last Tuesday, December 6, according to the Toronto Star. A spokesman for the police department said he did not know the reason for the surge. Police reportedly issued an advisory to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care to avoid such crashes in the wet weather.
Tuesday’s collisions caused one early-morning pedestrian fatality in North York, an elderly woman who was the 42nd pedestrian to die in a Toronto motor vehicle accident in 2016.
The majority of the accidents were during early evening when roads were wet.
We recently blogged about the disturbing trend of pedestrian-vehicle collisions in Toronto, according to recent statistics, especially for senior citizens, who are at elevated risk of being hit.
Of course, drivers of motor vehicles have the duty to drive reasonably for the conditions to avoid harm to others. If a pedestrian in Toronto is hit by a driver who may have been driving recklessly, aggressively, negligently, after drinking alcohol, under the influence of over-the-counter or prescription medications, after ingesting illegal drugs or otherwise in violation of traffic laws, the driver will be legally responsible for resulting injury or death.
Anyone in this situation should contact a lawyer as early as possible so that a private investigation can be undertaken while evidence is fresh. A lawyer can file a lawsuit, if appropriate, to recover damages for medical bills, psychological suffering and other losses.
In the tragic case of a pedestrian death, the surviving loved ones should speak with a lawyer about whether a wrongful death action is a potential legal remedy.