A taxi cab struck two young women late Saturday afternoon, sending both pedestrians to the hospital. The accident happened at approximately 4:45 p.m. at the intersection of Wyandotte Street West and Oak Avenue.
Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and then seeing one of the victims unconscious under the cab. The windshield of the taxi cab was shattered from the impact.
Both victims are 18-years-old and have home addresses from out of town, according to Windsor police. One was treated at the hospital before being released, while the other remains in the hospital with two fractured vertebrae in her back.
According to Windsor police, the two women were at-fault in the accident perhaps crossing the street without looking. After a short investigation, the cab driver was released from the scene without any charges.
The Importance of Pedestrian Safety
According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, between 1989 and 2009, nearly 9,000 pedestrians were killed and hundreds of thousands were injured in Canada. Although some progress has been made in the efforts to make roads safer for walkers, pedestrians themselves can play an important role in staying safe while walking along Canadas streets.
- Obey all traffic rules, including only crossing the street at designated crosswalks
- Be vigilant at intersections and at all times while crossing the street
- Put away any distractions like cellphones and other electronic devices
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street to ensure they see you
- Never assume that a driver will yield, even if you have the right of way
- Wear bright, reflective clothing to improve your visibility
- When no sidewalks are available, walk against traffic
The auto accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners have seen the devastation that can result after a car vs. pedestrian accident. If you are injured, turn to the Windsor injury barristers you can trust to get you the compensation you need to get back on your feet. Call (866) 320-4770 to speak with a representative today.