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Paying Attention While on the Road - Pedestrian and Driver Injuries

Pedestrian and Driver Injuries

In this age of constant communication, the necessity of cell phones for many people has become increasingly common. It comes as no surprise that the number of injuries and fatalities on the road have increased as technological advancements have developed. While staying connected to our families and work via technology is important, it can come at a cost of becoming distracted when on the road.

In order to combat against the distractive use of cell phones while driving, new legislation was enacted on February 1, 2010 that will now penalize drivers who have been caught using their cell phone while driving. While this new legislation will curb drivers’ use of their cell phones, there must be mutual responsibility between pedestrians and drivers alike to remain cautious and aware while on the road.

In recent studies, pedestrian fatalities in Ontario have been numbered at over 1300 deaths in the last ten years. In Toronto particularly, there has been an upward trend over the past 5 years in fatalities, accounting for up to 42% of traffic deaths.

These are increasingly concerning numbers, and truly enforce the need for all of us on the road to be more cautious. As a pedestrian in particular, it is important to remain aware at all times, because in the event of an accident with a vehicle, your injuries may quite serious. First and foremost, it is pertinent to take all necessary precautions while walking on the road. Being alert and aware of your surroundings is essential, because many times drivers may not see you. Attention to your surroundings, both as a pedestrian and a driver, is your best protection to avoid an injury.

If you’ve suffered from a personal injury as a result of being a pedestrian, or even a driver with another vehicle, you should take the necessary steps to ensure your future health and well being will not be permanently impacted.

Seeking medical attention is your priority, and even small injuries should be checked by a qualified health practitioner. Ensure you follow all of your doctor’s advice, attending each appointment as scheduled.

If you’ve been injured as a pedestrian or a driver, it is critical to be aware of all your legal rights. Consulting a personal injury lawyer at the office of Himelfarb Proszanki will ensure you are provided with the best knowledge and expertise in the field. Their experience in these types of cases will offer you and your family the protection you deserve, helping to ensure your future health, financial and emotional well-being.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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