Serious Pedestrian Collisions this Summer in Ottawa: Know your Rights

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Spring and summer are typically when Ottawa’s most serious motor vehicle crashes happen.  2024 is no exception.  To date, the season seems particularly bad for pedestrians in Ottawa and surrounding areas.

  • In April a pedestrian died after being struck by a truck south of Metcalfe on 8th line near Walker Road.
  • Another pedestrian suffered serious injuries in a Moodie Drive parking lot in April 2024.
  • In May 2024 we saw a teenaged pedestrian struck by a bus at Walkley Rd and Heatherington, leading to hospitalization.
  • We also saw a pedestrian struck in a parking lot on Innes Road in May.
  • In June 2024, we saw a pedestrian suffer critical injuries after being struck on Mitch Owens Road.
  • We saw another pedestrian die from their injuries in Barrhaven at Strandherd and Longfields in June 2024.
  • So far in July 2024, we have seen a serious accident involving a pedestrian in Vanier at the Vanier Parkway and McArthur Avenue as well as a pedestrian struck on Navaho Drive.

Pedestrians are presumed to have the right-of-way in Ontario.

If you or a loved one has struck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian, you have the right to sue for compensation.  That compensation includes pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income, medical costs, care costs and other out of pocket expenses.

There are additional types of compensation available to family members when a pedestrian is killed in a collision with a motor vehicle, including a car, truck or bus.

In addition, in Ontario an injured pedestrian is also entitled to “no-fault” benefits through the Statutory Accident Benefits, even if you don’t own a car.

The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth can help injured pedestrians and their families understand their rights after a motor vehicle collision.  For more information contact us by calling 613 233-4529 or completing this form:

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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