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May 2018 Archives

Cyclist safety: Follow the rules of the road. Minimize risk.

Cyclists rightfully complain about poor drivers and the dangers they pose to cyclists. Drivers hit three cyclists in 24 hours in Toronto last week. Their bad driving habits are a major reason for these accidents. With bikes and cars both sharing the road, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Cyclists play a role too.

Injuries on municipal property must be reported promptly

Ontario residents know how dangerous it can be when walking in the harsh winter, and many have to suffer the consequences of slip-and-fall accidents in the aftermath of the snowy season every year. Municipalities are responsible for the maintenance of sidewalks and roads, and if they do not live up to those expectations, falls resulting in serious injuries can occur. However, injured victims must report the incident to the municipality within 10 days if they want to hold the city responsible for damages.

Springtime hazards on Ontario roads can cause car accidents

With the worst of the harsh winter in the rearview mirror, Ontario residents may look forward to getting out and enjoy the spring. However, the lack of snowstorms does not make the roads safe -- with spring comes a new set of hazards that can cause car accidents. The first step before taking to the roads might be to give the car a good once-over to check tire pressure and the levels of brake fluid and engine and transmission oil. Also, make sure the brake pads, windscreen wipers and other essential parts are in good order.

Car accidents: Multitasking is great, except when driving

In an effort to reduce the number of crashes and the resulting injuries and deaths on Ontario roads, law enforcement keeps a lookout for distracted drivers. Hoping to deter such behaviour, officers issue punishments that can include fines of up to $1,000 along with demerit points. However, even that is not enough of a deterrent because car accidents resulting from distracted driving continue to occur.

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