At Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, we believe every injured Ontarian deserves access to justice, including a chance at fair and reasonable compensation. This includes low-income Ontarians who, according to two recent studies, are at higher risk of being struck by vehicles than their wealthier neighbours.
The first study, conducted by the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), found that while motor vehicle collisions involving children declined overall in Ontario from 2008 to 2015, the improvement was centralized in high-income neighbourhoods. Here are a few interesting – and troubling – findings from the report:
- Emergency room visits related to children being struck by cars decreased 18 per cent, from 1,562 in 2008 to 1,281 in 2015.
- Emergency room visits related to children being struck by cars decreased 22 per cent in high-income areas.
- Emergency room visits related to children being struck by cars increased 14 per cent in low-income areas.
- Children in the highest-income areas of the province visited the emergency department after being struck by cars at a 48 per cent lower rate than children in the lowest-income areas.
“Simply put, poorer children are at an increased risk of getting hit by cars,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Linda Rothman, said in a release. “Child pedestrian injury is a public health and health equity issue. Although progress has been made in reducing preventable pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions, more work remains to be done. Our streets should be safe for all children to walk to school, to the playground or to the park.”
More recently, a thorough CBC analysis of 11 years of Toronto police data found that ‘nearly 50 per cent more of the collisions in which pedestrians were either killed or seriously injured happened in the city’s poorest neighbourhoods, compared to the more affluent parts – based on median household income.’ The study also found that the discrepancy widened when vulnerable populations such as youths under 20 and seniors were considered.
For the personal injury lawyers at Neinstein, studies like these confirm the importance of access to justice measures like contingency fees and free, no-obligation consultations. Low-income Ontarians deserve equal representation in the civil justice system, and Neinstein is committed to providing that representation for people in need.
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers today to learn how our team of experienced car accident lawyers can help. We can be reached at (416) 920-4242, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, through the free consultation form on our Contact Us page, or via the Live Chat box in the lower right-hand corner of this page.
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