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A tort claim may be possible after a pedestrian accident

Sometimes even doing what appears to be the right thing for the situation can still lead to undesirable results. For a case in point, look no further than the Ontario woman recently injured by a vehicle as she crossed the street in a crosswalk. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, it may be that a tort claim is an appropriate course of action for her to take.

Car accidents: Ontario man facing charges

Two young teenagers believed to be siblings are in critical condition following a serious accident on Halloween night. Understandably, the potential for car accidents to occur tends to go up on a night where young children are out in numbers on the streets of Ontario, but in this case, the fault appears to lie squarely with the driver involved in the crash. Police are continuing to investigate, but they have filed criminal charges.

Hit-and-run accidents in Toronto area are disturbingly common

Most people have not been victims of hit-and-run accidents. It is difficult for most of us to even come up with anyone we know who has been. Shockingly and unexpectedly, a basic Internet search reveals several recent hit-and-run collisions in the greater Toronto area: 

Release of popular mobile game prompts safety concerns

Over the course of the last week or so social media and news outlets have erupted with news about the recently released Pokémon Go game. In the mobile game, which is available for both iPhone as well as Android, players virtually launch "Poké Balls" at Pokémon creatures. The phones enable the game to track both a player's location as well as the amount of time it takes to get all of them. The creatures available to catch vary depending on the player's location.

Police department seeks to reduce pedestrian accidents

Walking is a popular mode of transportation for people of all ages in Mississauga. As it turns out, it can also be dangerous. In 2015 Peel Regional Police indicates that on streets in Mississauga and Brampton, a total of 633 pedestrians were struck by cars or trucks. This resulted in 496 people suffering injuries and 13 deaths.

How big of a problem are distracted pedestrians?

There is a lot of information in the media about the dangers being distracted by one’s cell phone can pose. While the primary focus of the messages communicated is often on distracted driving, some messaging has revolved around pedestrians who are injured because of being distracted by their phones.

Canadian study does not support use of side guards on trucks

In earlier posts we have written about pedestrian accidents and the devastating injuries they can inflict upon a person who is struck by a car or truck. One post, which focused on issues that if addressed might reduce the number of such accidents that occur, provided a tip geared specifically at heavy trucks. It was suggested that making side guards on trucks mandatory, could keep both pedestrians, as well as bicyclists, safe from falling under the wheels of a truck, where they could be crushed. 

Is eye contact the key to reducing pedestrian accidents?

As we have discussed in previous posts, when pedestrians are struck by cars, the injuries they suffer are often serious. Reducing the situations in which these incidents occur is just one of many reasons why carmakers are always seeking to improve technologies that stop vehicles before they come into contact with other objects. While there is no question this technology can be beneficial, this does not mean other methods, arguably simpler methods, should be overlooked. 

Could addressing these issues make Toronto safer for pedestrians?

Each day people throughout the greater Toronto area take to the streets in their vehicles. Relied upon by many to get from one place to another, much of the time they interact without any problems. There are times however when this is not always the case. When vehicles collide with pedestrians, those individuals could be seriously injured.

Law designed to protect pedestrians in Ontario now in place

As residents of Ontario are likely well aware, pedestrian accidents are an issue. When someone who is walking is struck by a vehicle the injuries inflicted can be devastating. Likely in an effort to reduce the number of these incidents that occur, the province recently passed a new law regarding crossovers. That law went into effect at the start of the year.

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