In a city such as Ottawa, pedestrian accidents are very common. Every 5 years, the City of Ottawa collects statistics on Ottawa pedestrian accidents. The last report we could find was in 2013 and it reported that in Ottawa, there were a total of 351 Ottawa pedestrian accidents, 5 of which resulted in death.
Depending on the severity of the injuries and the facts surrounding the accident, pedestrians that are hit by a motor vehicle are entitled to compensation. The Ontario insurance regime provides accident benefits to compensate for medical expenses and other treatments. Pain and suffering can also be compensated for, depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident.
What factors determine the amount of maximum compensation for an Ottawa pedestrian accident ?
-Severity of injuries
-Liability? Who was at fault? Is the pedestrian partially responsible? Were they crossing at a crosswalk ?
-What are the losses?
If a pedestrian is found to be partially responsible, they can still receive compensation, although the compensation amount may be reduced by a certain percentage. Contributory negligence can impact one’s pedestrian accident claim.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers have built a reputation in Ottawa as being honest, hard-working lawyers who go above and beyond to help our clients. One day we met with “JE”. JE was 25 year old woman who was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street in Ottawa.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
JE’s Ottawa pedestrian accident resulted in some injuries. Unfortunately she sustained a partial tear of her ACL and continued to suffer from intermittent neck, back and hip pain. She also suffered from brief period of anxiety.
Compensation for Injury:
Thankfully, JE started her rehabilitation quickly and she was able to go back to her employment full time. This is not always the case with pedestrian accidents. Sometimes the pedestrian accident can result in injuries that change one’s quality of life and they aren’t able to return to work. Our client, JE was very fortunate in that her injuries were treated and healed and she was able to resume her life and occupation. The fact that she returned to full time employment didn’t mean that she still didn’t need compensation for her accident. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to negotiate a settlement at a private settlement conference in the amount of $40,000.00 for any future medical needs she may that may arise. Every pedestrian accident is different. *Please note: Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.
As an Ottawa accident lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am very pleased with the recent announcement that a new study into pedestrian deaths will be done by the Ontario Coroner’s Office. The Ontario pedestrian study is calling for Ontario residents to offer personal insight into pedestrian deaths. This brings relief to not only myself, but many families and friends who have lost a loved one in an Ontario pedestrain accident or whose loved ones have suffered serious injury such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or broken bones. The study will hopefully reveal what many already know…we need to make our pathways safer. Some are calling for more protected, better marked pedestrian walkways on busy roadways. The Ottawa Police are also anticipating the study will help identify trends and predictors to the fatal Ottawa collisions.
Sadly, to date in 2011, 7 Ottawa pedestrians were killed in Ottawa accidents, the same number as in all of 2010. This is tragic! Not to mention that many other pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury. The Ottawa pedestrain accident statistics are very disturbing. In 2010 there were 390 pedestrians who suffered serious personal injury in Ottawa accidents. The goal of the coroner’s probe is to identify common factors in the wrongful deaths and to make recommendations to avoid future pedestrian accidents in Ontario. The study aims to look at accident trends across Ontario, education needs, enforcement needs , engineering through cities and municipalities. The Ontario coroner’s office review will focus on deaths from 2010, with the report scheduled for release in spring 2012. In my opinion, as an Ottawa accident lawyer, this report can’t come soon enough !
The following are some statistics that relate to Ottawa pedestrain accidents:
2006 – 389, 2007 – 372, 2008 – 380, 2009 – 385, 2010 – 390
I know it goes without saying. Some accidents are out of our control. Please be extra cautious when walking on busy streets. Keep your head up, eyes open, but your phone away and focus on your surroundings. It may very well save a life.
———————- The Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email firstname.lastname@example.org (613) 978-9549
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