Stay safe by following local pedestrian laws

In the hustle and bustle of our busy cities accidents involving pedestrians and automobiles are fairly common. These accidents, no matter who is at fault usually don’t turn out well for the pedestrian as it does for the auto. Steel and horse power has a major advantage over flesh and bone. It many case the person walking has the right to sue the auto driver, especially if the insurance doesn’t adequately compensate for the physical and emotional injures. If you are hurt by an automobile while walking you should contact a talented personal injury lawyer Toronto has available.For better tips read- this article.

Auto accident involving pedestrians occur for numerous reasons. Some are caused by the individual walking, but most of the time the accident occur because of the diver. Environmental hazards are one of the main reasons autos hit pedestrians. The road can be snowy and icy increasing the distance necessary for an auto to stop. If the driver misjudges this distance and can’t turn out the pedestrian’s path, an accident occurs. Similarly, if the pavement is hot and wet reducing the friction between the road and the tires, the distance needed to stop increases. An obstructed windshield, covered with ice or snow can cause a driver not to see a person crossing the street. Some of these cases can be thorny to bring but a knowledgeable car accident lawyer can make the case proceed smoothly.

Driving while intoxicated causes its share of auto pedestrian accidents. Intoxicated drivers either from alcohol or drugs can be impaired to the point where they can’t see pedestrians or where their reflexes are slowed to the point where they can’t get stopped. Driver’s texting or using hand held mobile devices are also impaired because their eyes are not on the road.

Excessive speed also causes auto pedestrian accidents. These are usually very serious injuries for the pedestrian. When a speeding car hits a person walking, the injuries usually include some kind of head trauma resulting in brain injury. Brain injury cases can be very complex. It is advisable to retain the services of a diligent Ontario brain injury lawyer to make sure you receive adequate compensation.

If you are the driver and you injure a pedestrian, it is possible they were partially at fault. They may have been crossing at an illegal place to cross or doing some other illegal activity. If your driver involved in an accident with a pedestrian you should retain the services of an auto accident lawyer.

Drive Distraction Free!

Have you ever glanced down to read a text on your cell phone while driving, and when you looked up, found that you had drifted across the center lane? Have you ever just barely avoided bumping the car in front of you while you reading an email or looking up a phone number to make a call while driving? If so, you are among the increasing number of distracted drivers. Responsible driving involves being proactive and trying to anticipate unexpected behaviors of others. The ability to do so becomes diminished when a driver is distracted, and distracted driving can result in many unintentional personal injuries.

Distracted driving happens all the time and takes many forms, such as adjusting the volume or tuner on a radio, following driving directions, putting on makeup, styling hair, or reading a newspaper. None of these are new or shocking to most of us. Nor is it surprising that with the significant increases in cell phone use, accidents caused by using a cell phone while driving is beginning to become a common form of distracted driving. Up until recently there was not a lot of data available regarding the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. It was suspected to be the root cause of many accidents, yet not always proven. In the mid-2000’s, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with independent state agencies, universities and other organizations began to conduct their own studies to determine what the true impact was. The findings were exceptionally concerning. If you would like to learn more about this, visit their website at best ways to avoid distractions while driving

General Statistics
• Talking on a cell phone can drastically decrease a driver’s response time as much as a driver that has a blood alcohol content of.08 or higher.
• Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
• It can take up to 5 seconds to respond to a text while driving. During this time, one can travel the length of a football field.
Studies have shown that an individual who is texting while driving is 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident.
• Approximately 40% of passengers have claimed that the driver put themselves or others at risk due to cell phone use while driving.
• Despite state driving restrictions placed on cell phone use, many individuals do not comply with new laws. In other words, just because a law is passed, do not assume those around you are adhering to it!
• Although the majority of drivers reportedly are opposed to the use of cell phones while driving, more than one third do so routinely.  Of the accidents that occur due to cell phone usage, one might assume that the majority are caused by teenagers and younger adults. You may be surprised to learn that, across the board, all age groups have reported an increase in cell phone use while driving, and have, as a result, been involved in accidents.

How To Process Your Car Accident Claim Properly

INVESTIGATION

The firm you hired will investigates all aspects of the accident, and your damages. When possible, witness statements are taken, and reports are acquired. If necessary, experts are hired to prove the defendants was at fault. All necessary reports, records and bills are obtained to prove the nature and extent of the damages. Much of the information is gathered through the use of specialized forms sent to you, witnesses, and doctors. Check out what steps ensure your car accident claim is properly handled.

MEDICAL CARE

They will monitor your medical treatment, and if necessary will refer you to a medical provider near you, who will treat you on a lien basis if you do not have medical insurance. Once you are finished with medical treatment, firm will request that your doctor provide a narrative report that will assist us in negotiating and resolving your case.

COMMUNICATIONS

The firm communicates information while handling your case through secure email, fax, correspondence, and court pleadings and forms. Documents may be sent to you, insurance companies, witnesses, doctors, employers, Courts, or other persons or companies requiring information. We use high speed computers, laser printers, and state of the art equipment to increase productivity while keeping cost to a minimum.

NEGOTIATION

Most members of the firm are experts in all or certain aspects of processing your claim. The functions that are usually necessary to process a claim are: 1. Gathering information (investigators); 2. Negotiation (Lawyers) and, 3. Litigation (Trail Lawyers). Each member is extensively trained in the their area of expertise to obtain the best possible results for you in your case. A Legal Assistant is responsible for communications with you and solving all problems not requiring the intervention of a lawyer. Under the supervision of Mr. Fernandez, the Negotiator places a value on the claim, presents the claim to the insurance company, responds to defenses and settles the claim with your consent. Negotiations begin as soon as the you retain the firm and ends when the claim is completed.

LITIGATION

The firm has trial lawyers who experts in taking cases that do not settle to trial. The trial may be a bench or jury trial, arbitration or mediation. An arbitration is similar to a trial except a retired judge or lawyer decides the case. Mediation is the process of placing the claim before an independent retired judge or lawyer who helps to resolve the case without witnesses testifying. While very few cases are actually litigated, (most cases are settled) the trial lawyers and their support staff are specially trained to prepare the case for trial, arbitration or mediation.