Pedestrian accidents have become increasingly common in the different cities and province of Ontario and that’s why the Ministry of Transportation has effectively introduced a lot of changes and new implementations in the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act. The previous texts in the law included severe charges for people who are texting and driving at the same time, amongst other improper and behaviors that impair driving skills and disrupt concentration while on the road.
Now, as of the 1st of January, 2016, the fines are also including a new rule – it requires drivers to stay put while the pedestrians cross the street. This is particularly mandatory for specially marked zones and the drivers are required to stay put until the passenger has fully passed onto the other side of the street bank. It’s also worth noting that the Ministry of Transportation has obliged the drivers to take extra caution at crossovers around schools which have a crossing guard with a sign with him.
Failing to comply with these rules is going to result in a financial fine ranging between $150 and $500 as well as three additional demerit points. At the same time, these amounts are going to be doubled if the rules are breached within a community safety zone which are clearly marked and are generally found near the schools and many other public areas.
In any case, the legislative organ is definitely on the right track. Pedestrian accidents are an increasing phenomenon and action must be taken to be reduce it. The legislation of Ontario in this particular regard doesn’t offer something special and the pedestrian is left with the choice of a direct lawsuit towards the driver, should he be involved in a pedestrian accident. In any case, filing the claim is pretty straightforward, such as the entire trial procedure itself. However, the claim might be quite extensive and for a lot of money. This is due to the fact that the pedestrian accident might have led to some severe injuries, both physical and emotional. This is why claims of the kind shouldn’t be taken lightly.
It’s also worth noting that the claimant bears the obligation to prove that the injuries have resulted from the accident and there is a present causality link between them. This might not always be that easy so cautious should be exercised. In any case, an event of the kind could be quite traumatic and it could lead to some horrible orthopedic injuries and in some situations the accident could even be fatal. Victims are entitled to claim for incurred financial loss, loss of income, loss of earning ability, pain and suffering and basically everything else you can think of.
If you have been injured as a pedestrian, you are covered under Ontario tort laws and can seek redressal for your injuries. However, it is essential that you have an able and experienced lawyer to help you with the processes.