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Car accidents: Has defensive driving become aggressive driving?

Some people in Ontario suggest that sleep deprivation and the rushed lives most drivers lead have caused a shift from defensive driving to aggressive driving. More and more car accidents involve some level of road rage and aggression. The increased number of vehicles on the roads is also said to play a role in the tension many drivers experience.

Harsher penalties for car accidents causing harm to pedestrians

The Ontario Minister of Transportation, John Yakabuski, says irresponsible and unsafe driving continues to injure and kill pedestrians. He says the level of pedestrian vs. car accidents has become critical. For this reason, harsher penalties to ensure safer roads for all came into effect on Sept. 1, and he says these changes will convey a clear message of zero tolerance for dangerous driving.

Number of distracted driving car accidents is concerning

Regardless of Ontario drivers' compliance with the rules of the road, they will always be vulnerable to the negligence of distracted drivers. Authorities say the number of fatalities in car accidents caused by distracted driving has doubled since 2000 -- based on 2013 collision data. Despite severe penalties, some drivers continue to text, talk on mobile phones, read or program a GPS, check maps and choose playlists. The rushed lives of many cause some drivers to apply makeup or shave while on their morning commutes to work.

Can municipalities be sued after slips and falls on city streets?

Anyone who walks around the streets of cities in Ontario must take reasonable care to prevent slipping or tripping. However, if walking surfaces are hazardous, some of the responsibility to avoid slips and falls is carried by the municipality. Just like the occupiers of private or commercial premises, cities have a duty of care to the public.

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