On January 22, 2016, an 81-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed in Vancouver. The man was crossing East Broadway mid-block between Main and Quebec Streets. The vehicle was traveling westbound when the collision occurred. The 48-year-old driver remained at the scene and was cooperative with police who indicated that the weather conditions were poor at the time of the accident and had contributed to the accident.
Vancouver Pedestrian Fatalities
According to the Vancouver Police Department, an average of seven pedestrians lost their lives in a motor vehicle collision between 2010 and 2014 in the City of Vancouver. In 2014, pedestrians represented 36% of the total collision fatalities.
Steps to Take After a Vancouver Pedestrian Accident
Medical Attention: If you or anyone else is injured, contact the police and request medical assistance. It is crucial to receive proper medical attention as soon as possible after an accident.
Claim Against the Driver: If a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, the driver is often times considered to be at fault, even if the pedestrian was not in a crosswalk.
Claim Against the Municipality: Some vehicle-pedestrian accidents might be the fault of the city if there was a failure of traffic control devices such as stop lights.
Vancouver Driver Negligence in Pedestrian Accidents
In some instances, a pedestrian injured by a vehicle driver can file a claim based on driver negligence. A driver may be considered negligent for any of the following:
Pre-occupation and failure to pay attention;
Failure to observe the speed limit;
Failure to yield the right of way at crosswalks;
Failure to use turn signals;
Violating traffic laws, including neglecting to stop at light and stop signs; and
Driving under the influence.
Vancouver Pedestrian Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle, it is important to speak to a Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyers at McLarty Wolf are committed to helping victims of pedestrian accidents. Call our office today at 604-688-9542 or send us an email through our online contact form.