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Pedestrian accidents are alarmingly high throughout Toronto

This year is shaping up to be one of the deadliest in a decade for vulnerable road users in Toronto.

This year is shaping up to be one of the deadliest years for pedestrians and cyclists in Toronto within the past decade, according to the Toronto Star. A number of recent fatal accidents, along with the usually dangerous autumn season on the horizon, has led to worries that 2016 could see fatalities for vulnerable road users reach a ten-year high. Furthermore, statistics show that pedestrians and cyclists are being struck by motor vehicles across Toronto at alarmingly high rates, with the majority of accidents being caused by motorists.

Deadly year

So far this year more than 20 vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians, have been killed on Toronto's streets. At that rate, the city is likely to reach and exceed the 40 pedestrian fatalities that were recorded in 2013, which was the highest number of fatalities within a single year in the past decade.

July 4 of this year gave some indication of just how dangerous Toronto's roads can be for cyclists and pedestrians. Within a 24 hour span on that day there were 20 pedestrians and cyclists involved in collisions with motor vehicles around the city, well above the six collisions that are usually reported each day. Of those 20 injuries, one elderly man, a cyclist, was killed. As Metro News reports, on average a pedestrian is hit in Toronto every 3.5 hours, while a cyclist is struck by a vehicle every eight hours.

Increased risk for some

The spate of accidents is especially alarming given that July is not usually considered the most dangerous month for vulnerable road users. The autumn and early winter months, when the days are shorter and visibility is reduced, tend to see the highest number of accidents, suggesting that the worst of 2016 is far from over for pedestrians and cyclists in the city.

Certain road users are at especially high risk of being injured or killed while biking or walking. Elderly people tend to account for an alarmingly high proportion of the vulnerable road users who are killed each year. Young children can also be unpredictable and difficult for motorists to see. However, in most cases the person at fault for an accident is not the cyclist or pedestrian but the driver. The Toronto Public Health Authority, for example, conducted a 2015 study that found 67 percent of pedestrian fatalities in the city are caused by driver errors.

Getting help

What many pedestrians and cyclists often do not realize is that they may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of their accident, even in cases where the driver fails to remain at the scene of the accident. Vulnerable road users can make a claim through their own motor vehicle insurance policy, if they have one. Additionally, government benefits exist to compensate injured pedestrians and cyclists. A personal injury lawyer can help those who have been hurt in an accident understand how the claims process works and help guide them through what can, at times, be a complicated legal system.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a pedestrian or cycling accident, contact Smitiuch Injury Law for a free consultation.

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  • September 26, 2016 - New Associate Lawyer joins the firm - Mr. Matthew Nieuwland
  • September 22, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch Co-Chairs & Speaks at The Law Society of Upper Canada Program
  • August 2, 2016 - Two New Articling Students Join Smitiuch Injury Law
  • July 26, 2016 - We are growing again! We are looking to hire a full time Law Clerk in our Tort department.
  • June 30, 2016 - Read Mike Smitiuch's article this week in Lawyers Weekly on increased use of video evidence in civil cases
  • June 29, 2016 - 2016 Smitiuch Injury Law Scholarship Recipients Announced - St. John's College & Assumption College, Brantford
  • May 26, 2016 - Michael Smitiuch discusses the changes to Ontario's auto insurance on CBC Radio Ontario Morning
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