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Pedestrians injured by cars: whose fault is it?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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In B.C. ,every year, nearly 2,300 pedestrians are injured as a result of being struck by vehicles.

And Gail Johnson's article, in the November 14-21, 2013, edition of the Georgia Straight, does a very interesting job of examining why this is.

According to political - science professor Anthony Perl:

" ... the provincial push to build more roads encourages people from the suburbs to drive into Vancouver instead of taking public transit, while within the city itself, more people are travelling by foot or bike.... it's a deadly combination."

Bev Ballentyne co-founder of "Putting Pedestrians First" told the Georgia Straight that, in her opinion, pedestrian accidents in B.C. are due to two primary factors: lack of police enforcement and driver attitude.

In this vein Ballentyne says:

" Until the penalties are increased, until they actually mean something, education is a waste of time..."

" Drivers are bullies and they are encased in metal..... They're saying, I'm big; I can run you over, and you'd better stay out of my way..."

The Georgia Straight article says that, while Perl and Ballantyne applaud the City of Vancouver for their efforts to improve infrastructure for pedestrains and cyclists, they both believe that there's still lots of work to be done when it comes to issues of safety.

Hurt in a pedestrian accident?

Interested in talking about your legal options.

Call me at 604-255-9018 or drop me a line at [email protected]

Jeff Witten

Category: Pedestrian Accidents


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