How are pedestrian accidents categorized under MVAs?
A: Pedestrian accidents are categorized under motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) when they involve a collision between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, such as a car, truck, motorcycle, or other motorized forms of transportation. These accidents are a significant concern in urban and suburban areas, where the likelihood of pedestrian and motor vehicle interactions is higher. Pedestrian accidents can lead to severe injuries or even fatalities, given the vulnerability of pedestrians compared to those in vehicles.
There are several ways to further categorize pedestrian accidents within the broader MVA classification:
Types of vehicles involved: Pedestrian accidents can involve various motor vehicles, such as cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, or bicycles with electric assistance. Each type of vehicle may pose unique risks and challenges in an accident scenario.
Location of the accident: Pedestrian accidents can occur in various settings, including crosswalks, sidewalks, parking lots, or on the road itself. The location of the accident can impact factors such as visibility, speed, and the presence of traffic control devices, which may influence the assignment of fault and liability.
Cause of the accident: Various factors can contribute to pedestrian accidents, such as driver negligence (e.g., speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence), pedestrian negligence (e.g., jaywalking, walking while intoxicated, or not using crosswalks), poor visibility, or inadequate infrastructure (e.g., lack of proper signage, poorly designed intersections, or insufficient lighting).
Severity of injuries: The injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can range from minor (e.g., scrapes, bruises, or sprains) to severe (e.g., broken bones, head injuries, or spinal cord injuries) or even fatal. The severity of injuries may influence the compensation and damages sought in a personal injury claim.
Age of the pedestrian: Children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable in pedestrian accidents. They may have slower reaction times or cognitive challenges that can contribute to the accident, and they may be at higher risk for severe injuries. These factors may be taken into account when assessing fault, liability, and compensation.
When it comes to legal claims, pedestrian accidents categorized under MVAs follow similar processes as other motor vehicle accidents. However, there may be specific considerations regarding fault, liability, and compensation in pedestrian accident cases. It is crucial to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who specializes in pedestrian accidents to ensure that the injured party's rights are protected and that they receive fair compensation for their injuries and losses.
If you're a hit-and-run victim in Alberta, you may receive compensation through MVAC or SEF 44 coverage. To explore your options, contact Kantor Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.
If you are injured in a collision and the at-fault driver does not have insurance, or you are the victim of a hit-and-run where neither the driver nor the vehicle is identified, you may be eligible for compensation through the Alberta Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC).
In order to be eligible to claim through MVAC:
- You must be a resident of Alberta;
- The accident must have occurred in Alberta;
- The accident must be the fault of the uninsured or unknown driver, through no fault of your own;
- You must have suffered bodily injury as a result of the accident (note: property damage is not covered by the program); and