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Car accidents involving pedestrians prevalent in the winter

While fall and winter may be the most beautiful time of the year in Ontario, it is undeniably also the most dangerous time on the roads. Records show a definite increase in car accidents at this time of the year, and many of those involve pedestrians. Pedestrians are often chastised for their mistakes, and a recent proposal may make it illegal for pedestrians to be distracted by mobile phones.

Records apparently show that a significant percentage of auto-pedestrian accidents occur at intersections. In most instances, the right-of-way was that of the pedestrian. Even though most people are likely aware of the increased risk when moving about at this time of the year, life goes on. Most people cannot avoid walking, cycling or driving, and the only advice is to take extra care and be vigilant. Particular attention is necessary during the evening rush hour that happens mostly after dark.

Certain things count against pedestrians at this time, such as the reduced daylight hours, which force people to be out and about when it is more difficult for drivers and pedestrians to see each other. Most people tend to wear darker clothes in the winter, and pedestrians often wear ear muffs, hoods, caps or hats to keep warm. This makes them less visible and might impair their hearing. It is also not uncommon for pedestrians to rush to get out of the cold -- making slip and fall incidents more prevalent.

Ontario victims of the negligence of others that led to car accidents, and subsequent injuries and losses, may have questions about their rights to pursue financial relief through the civil justice system. The best place to get those questions answered is a law firm where the lawyers are experienced in dealing with auto-pedestrian accidents. A lawyer can explain the rights of the victim and the steps to be taken to navigate a personal injury lawsuit for recovery of damages.

Source: The Globe and Mail, "Changing season rings in most dangerous time of the year for driving", Chris Zelkovich, Nov. 8, 2017

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