When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, it doesn’t matter what time of night or day it might be. Pedestrians could be circulating on sidewalks, along city streets at any time, especially those who work night or graveyard shifts or have simply chosen to take a stroll in the fresh night air. A walking pace cannot compete with even the minimum speed of a moving vehicle and any drivers nearby, in particular at night, should strive to avoid the chances of a pedestrian accident.
In the wee hours of a weekend in August, RCMP were alerted to a car accident on Gordon Drive and Lequime Road in south central British Columbia. A car headed southbound along Gordon Drive had struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. A native of Kelowna, the accident victim suffered a broken leg and abrasions on his arm.
Fortunately, the 30-year-old victim, struck from behind, was promptly transported to hospital for surgery. In every case involving car accidents, it is prudent to log information about the event such as first responder and eyewitness accounts, as well as reports issued by authorities. In a pedestrian accident, memory plays an important role as well, especially in hit-and-run scenarios where the suspect driver hightails it from the scene.
Legal advice available from British Columbia personal injury practitioners could assist the victim of a pedestrian accident in determining the way forward. An attorney can help gather and assess the evidence from the crash scene while investigating the availability of legal recourse. Considerations such as loss of work due to recuperation time or long or short-term restricted or inhibited mobility, along with other documented damages, can help to quantify the amount of a potential civil court claim against the party or parties deemed culpable.
Source: kelownanow.com, “Kelowna RCMP seeking hit and run suspect“, Josh Duncan, Aug.18, 2017