Spring Is Here! Look Out For Cyclists

According to Transport Canada, almost 15% of all road traffic deaths in Canada involve pedestrians. In Toronto during 2013, there were 63 traffic fatalities. 40 of those killed were pedestrians. Though seniors only make up 15% of Toronto’s population, they accounted for 60% of those pedestrian deaths.

Think most pedestrian deaths occur in busy, downtown areas? Think again. Only 15% of pedestrian traffic fatalities in Toronto during 2013 happened in the downtown core. Wide, arterial roads with high speed limits accounted for most of the deaths.

With the end of the school year fast approaching, expect to see many more pedestrians on the road. We thought we would provide some pedestrian safety tips to keep all road users safe.

Safety tips for drivers

  1. Look out: Watch out for and expect pedestrians, especially when turning. Drive cautiously through school zones, residential areas and any area where children could be playing.
  2. Be patient: Senior citizens or persons with disabilities may need more time to cross safely.
  3. Obey the rules of the road:
  4. Drive at or below the speed limit:
  5. Do not text and drive: Taking your eyes off the road even for a moment can result in an accident. Put down the phone. It’s not worth your life or the life of another person.

Safety tips for pedestrians

  1. Use sidewalks: Sidewalks are made for walking! If there are no sidewalks, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  2. Cross safely: Only cross at intersections and marked crosswalks. Do not jaywalk or cross between parked cars. Look out for right-turning vehicles before you start crossing. Make eye contact with drivers if possible to signal your intention to cross.
  3. Stay visible: Wear bright, light and/or reflective clothing where possible, especially at night.
  4. Set a good example: Teach your children how to cross roads safely.

A personal injury lawyer can help you to understand your legal rights and the process of obtaining financial compensation for a personal injury sustained as a pedestrian. Depending on the type of personal injury and your role in the accident, you may be entitled to statutory accident benefits coverage, which provides financial compensation for your personal injury. You may also have a civil personal injury tort claim against the owner and operator of the vehicle that hit you. Eligible surviving family members may be entitled to financial compensation and recovery for their losses as well.

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury as a pedestrian, please contact our personal injury law firm for a free consultation. The legal process may seem daunting, but with the help of our personal injury law firm, you can get the just and fair compensation that you deserve.

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