Hanson Duby, Toronto’s Leading Personal Injury Law Firm, Warns Pedestrians to Be Cautious of Drivers Following Two Incidents in Mississauga

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Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is warning pedestrians to be cautious of distracted drivers after two people were struck recently in Mississauga; including a 13-year-old girl, who was killed.

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Hanson Duby, Toronto’s Leading Personal Injury Law Firm, Warns Pedestrians to Be Cautious of Drivers Following Two Incidents in Mississauga

Every year, a large number of pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle-related accidents in the GTA. In 2010 alone, 95 pedestrians were killed in Ontario.

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Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is warning pedestrians to be cautious of distracted drivers after two people were struck recently in Mississauga; including a 13-year-old girl, who was killed.

On June 8, a man in his 20s was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in Mississauga. On June 14, a 13-year-old girl was killed after being hit by a car. The incident occurred at 8:30 p.m. in Mississauga when a vehicle left the road and struck the girl, who was standing on the sidewalk. The 42-year-old driver was treated for shock, but otherwise unhurt. (Sources: “Man hit by car in Mississauga,” CityNews Toronto, June 8, 2013, http://www.citynews.ca/2013/06/08/man-hit-by-car-in-mississauga/; “Girl, 13, dies after being struck by vehicle in Mississauga,” CityNews Toronto, June 14, 2013, http://www.citynews.ca/2013/06/14/girl-13-dies-after-being-struck-by-vehicle-in-mississauga/.)

“Every year, a large number of pedestrians are killed in motor vehicle-related accidents in the GTA. In 2010 alone, 95 pedestrians were killed in Ontario. Sixty-seven percent of the deaths occurred on roads with a posted speed limit beyond 50 km/hr, and only five percent on roads below 50 km/hr,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law. “A government review found that the peak hours for pedestrian collisions were between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. It also found that speed, distraction, and inattention are just a few of the many contributing factors to these deadly encounters.” (Source: Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, “Chief Coroner Releases Pedestrian Death Review,” Ontario.ca, September 19, 2013, http://news.ontario.ca/mcscs/en/2012/09/chief-coroner-releases-pedestrian-death-review.html.)

Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law as an associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours BA in political science 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 victims of assault. Bekiaris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.

Certain demographics are more likely to be killed in pedestrian accidents, says Bekiaris. According to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services news release, pedestrians over the age of 65 accounted for a strikingly disproportionate share of fatalities (36%), based on their representation of the population in Ontario (13.2%). Children under the age of 14 are also at greater risk of being injured or killed in pedestrian accidents; in 2010, children accounted for three percent of fatalities. (Source: Ibid)

“When it comes to motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, it’s important to remember that marked crosswalks are not necessarily safer than unmarked areas," Bekiaris adds. "In fact, when it comes to distracted or negligent drivers, few places are safe for pedestrians”

“Pedestrians injured in a motor vehicle accident may be entitled to damages to cover medical and other expenses caused by the collision," Bekiaris concludes. "That’s why seeking the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer in the GTA will ensure one’s rights are being protected.”

Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law 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 Personal Injury Law is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.HansonDuby.com or by calling 416-588-9100.

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