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Prescription drugs side-effects cause many car accidents

Motorists in Ontario will always be at risk of falling victim to impaired drivers. While alcohol and drug impairment are typically associated with this hazard on the roadways, medications can also affect the abilities of drivers to operate their vehicles safely. Statistics Canada says seniors use up to five times more prescription drugs than the average Canadian. Safety authorities say the side-effects of prescription drugs and the interaction between different medications pose a significant risk of causing car accidents.

Injuries in motorcycle vs. car accidents could be catastrophic

Whenever automobiles and motorcycles collide in Ontario, the bike riders -- and their passengers -- typically suffer the most severe injuries. With all the modern features that protect motorists in car accidents, crashes with motorcycles, which offer no protection, often cause severe or fatal injuries to the bikers. However, with the effort of both car and bike operators, catastrophes might be prevented.

Accident benefits claim against a hit-and-run driver

Nobody wants to be involved in an automobile crash, but it could be even more traumatic if the at-fault driver fails to stop at the scene. Although law enforcement usually catches up with hit-and-run drivers in Ontario, it could take some time. What are the options for injured victims when it comes to an accident benefits claim while the driver is unidentified?

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.

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.

OPP says transport trucks cause many fatal car accidents

The Ontario Provincial Police says a significant number of road accidents in the province involve commercial trucks. They say one in every five crashes involve large trucks, and with the considerable difference in size and weight, occupants of cars have very little chance of survival. Authorities say 330 people died between 2012 and 2016 in car accidents on the roads that OPP patrols -- most of whom were occupants of vehicles other than large trucks.

Car accidents: Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunk driving

Although studies show that adults need at least seven hours of sleep every night, a significant number of people in Ontario and other provinces do not allow themselves the time to get enough sleep. When it comes to driving, the studies indicate that even missing one or two hours of the recommended hours doubles the risk of causing car accidents. In fact, researchers say drowsy driving can be compared to drunk driving.

Proving distractions caused car accidents could be challenging

Drivers in Ontario break the law if they use any hand-held entertainment or communication devices while driving. Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and checking the screen of a cell phone could be a fatal mistake. Other driving distractions include drinking beverages, eating, operating a GPS, checking maps and choosing playlists. Any of these activities could distract a driver just enough to cause a crash.

Which damages are recoverable after car accidents?

Being involved in crashes are typically traumatic experiences. Victims of car accidents in Ontario might have questions about their legal rights and for which damages they could pursue recovery. In cases in which the negligence of other parties caused collisions, the injured victims might have grounds to file personal injury lawsuits. The same applies to the surviving family members of a deceased victim of such an accident who can pursue wrongful death claims.

Teenage drivers, peer pressure, summer break and car accidents

Peer pressure is common among teenagers in Ontario, and the fear of rejection sometimes has catastrophic consequences. Wanting to be part of the group, have a fun summer break, and not be seen as different can make some teens do things they would not usually do. Unfortunately, things like driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs might result in devastating car accidents in which best friends might lose their lives.

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