An accident in Toronto involving a car and a motorcycle has resulted in a pedestrian and motorcycle rider being hospitalized. The auto-pedestrianan accident took place on Yonge Street near Pleasant Boulevard, approximately one block south of St. Clair Avenue, on April 6.
According to a representative from the Toronto Police Service, three motorcycles were proceeding northbound on Yonge Street when one of them was struck by a car. The car had been in the process of making a left turn from the southbound lanes of Yonge Street onto Pleasant Boulevard. The police representative said that it was unclear if the driver was able to see the motorcycles prior to the collision.
After being struck by the car, the motorcycle rider lost control of his machine. The motorcycle ended up on the east-side sidewalk of Yonge Street where it struck a pedestrian. Both the motorcycle rider and the pedestrian were taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics. They were both listed in serious condition with life-threatening. Yonge Street was closed as police began their investigation into the accident. The investigation was said to be ongoing. Police say that witnesses have told them that the motorcycles were being driven in an aggressive manner prior to the collision.
Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles often suffer catastrophic injuries that require intensive medical treatment and prolonged physical therapy. They can also suffer psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. When their injuries are the result of reckless, distracted or intoxicated drivers, there may be legal remedies available for them to pursue. A personal injury legal action could seek compensation for income lost while an accident victim is unable to work. The lawsuit may also help to hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.
Source: CBC News, “Motorcyclist, pedestrian suffer ‘serious injuries’ in crash“, April 06, 2014