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Driving Safe in Winter Means Knowing When to Change Your Tires

The Globe and Mail reports, ‘the rubber in all-season tires starts to harden when the temperature drops below 7C.’ Tires are that important liaison between the vehicle and the road. After all, tires bring into the real world the claimed performance characteristics of the vehicle. That said, tires have a much narrower performance window as …

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Delays in Your Claim Can Let a Cannabis-Impaired Driver Off the Hook

  According to statistics made available by the Canadian government, of the drivers who die in vehicle crashes, 40% test positive for drugs and more than the 33% test positive for alcohol. Whereas impaired driving is a malaise, it notes, driving high is one that is growing. What the law looks for – Impared Driving …

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How technology has impacted personal injury law

Technological change has affected industries around the world, with the field of personal injury law being no exception. From the ubiquity of social media to the rise of automated vehicles and big data, personal injury lawyers in Ontario must confront challenges and leverage opportunities that would have been unimaginable to their colleagues 20 years ago. …

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Canadians understand the risks of distracted driving – but don’t drive like they do

The large majority of Canadians, from experienced car accident lawyers to everyday commuters, understands the dangers of distracted driving. Unfortunately, a recent study by Desjardins suggests that Canadians’ understanding of these risks hasn’t translated into safer behaviour behind the wheel. Almost 80 per cent of respondents to Desjardins’ survey reported regularly seeing fellow road users …

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Durham Region adopts public messaging in bid to improve road safety

In Durham Region, the municipality directly east of Toronto, a motor vehicle accident occurs every 48 minutes and someone is injured in a crash every five hours. Since 2012, the region has endured a 33 per cent increase in fatal collisions, with approximately 37 per cent of those collisions linked to distracted driving. For local …

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Back-to-school road safety tips

The first weeks of September are a nervous, exciting period for Ontario’s kids, parents, and even personal injury lawyers. School’s return means tens of thousands of children have resumed their morning and afternoon commutes, greatly increasing the number of vulnerable road users on the province’s streets. As such, the beginning of the month is an …

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Licence Appeal Tribunal mired in controversy

Ontario’s Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT), the body in charge of resolving accident benefits disputes between injury victims and insurance companies, was consumed by controversy last month when a top-ranking official was revealed to have meddled in an insurance claim. The event seized the attention of other provincial adjudicating bodies and prompted concern from Ontario personal …

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Toronto considers allowing motorcycle lane filtering – is the practice safe?

The City of Toronto is considering a proposal to allow motorcyclists to move between lanes of traffic while stopped at red lights, a practice known as “lane filtering.” Advocates of the proposal believe it will reduce congestion and improve safety among motorcyclists; however, from a motorcycle accident lawyer’s point of view, it has the potential …

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Toronto activists submit road safety recommendations to City Council

Advocates and car accident lawyers are fed up with the state of road safety in Canada’s largest city. In June, a coalition of concerned citizens submitted a report to City Hall containing 15 recommendations to mitigate traffic fatalities in Toronto. The decision to publish the unsolicited report, titled #BuildTheVisionTO, followed a particularly violent period on …

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In Ontario, summertime is “trauma season”

Winter’s in Ontario are rough, but provincial medical workers know that summer is peak time for serious injuries. A May report from CBC News London confirmed what every catastrophic injury lawyer in Ontario knows: pleasant weather leads to an uptick in personal injury inquiries. “We consider trauma season from May to September when more people …

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