Injuries and deaths occur despite the caution exercised by pedestrians.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
Hanson Duby Lawyers (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area, warns pedestrians and joggers to be extra vigilant of distracted drivers in the warmer weather after a child was recently struck in the city’s east end and a woman was killed crossing Jane Street.
The lawyers at Hanson Duby have observed an increase in pedestrians being injured or killed by careless drivers now that the warmer spring weather is here. Paramedics rushed a child to hospital in serious condition after being struck by a car in the city’s east end recently, and a 49-year-old woman was killed by a vehicle as she crossed Jane Street. All told, almost 300 pedestrians were killed—13% of all traffic fatalities—on Canadian roads in 2010, the last year for which statistics are available. (Sources: Freeman, J., “Child struck, seriously injured by car in east end,” CP24, May 12, 2013, http://www.cp24.com/news/child-struck-seriously-injured-by-car-in-east-end-1.1278290#ixzz2TC6k2l00; “Pedestrian killed crossing Jane Street,” CBC News, April 13, 2013, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/04/13/toronto-pedestrian-killed.html; Transport Canada, “Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision Statistics: 2010,” October 24, 2012, http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/tp-1317.htm.)
“Injuries and deaths occur despite the caution exercised by pedestrians. Distracted, inattentive drivers, whether they’re texting, making cell phone calls, applying makeup, or even driving with a dog on their lap, can be dangerous to pedestrians or joggers,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby. “Pedestrian accidents can also involve unique issues: being struck at a crosswalk, hit while in a parking lot, struck exiting a bus or car, or being sideswiped by a passing vehicle.”
Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Lawyers as an Associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours BA in 2006 and from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law with a JD in 2009. He formerly worked at a boutique insurance defence firm in Toronto, representing insurance companies.
Bekiaris has appeared before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Divisional Court. Bekiaris represents clients in a variety of disputes, including motor vehicle accidents, accident benefits, slips and falls, property damage claims and assault, representing the victims. Bekiaris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.
“When an accident occurs between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian is almost exclusively on the losing end. As a result, pedestrians are completely vulnerable and suffer a disproportionate amount of injuries and wrongful death,” Bekiaris adds. “On top of that, the severe, debilitating, and permanent injuries can result in significant financial losses to those involved and their families.”
At Hanson Duby Lawyers, they understand that pedestrian and jogger accidents can be very complex matters. Just like other accidents involving motor vehicles, it is important to hire an experienced, knowledgeable personal injury law firm that will conduct a prompt investigation of the accident and your injuries and work tirelessly to obtain the compensation you are entitled to.
Hanson Duby Lawyers is a personal injury law firm located in the Annex district of Toronto. The firm specializes in helping injured victims obtain compensation due to car accidents, long-term disability claims, life insurance claims, and product liability claims. The firm serves clients from across the Greater Toronto Area and provides service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Greek, and French. The site will soon evolve again, and be updated to include pages in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, and Greek to better serve those communities.
More information on Hanson Duby is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.HansonDuby.com or by calling 416-588-9100.