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Establishing negligence in a tort claim can be challenging

Ontario residents who have suffered loss or harm due to another person's wrongdoing may not realize that they may have grounds to seek recovery of damages. The victim may file a tort claim in a civil court against the person who is deemed to be financially responsible. However, for any personal injury claim to be successful, the plaintiff must establish negligence on the part of the defendant. It must also be shown that the defendant's negligence was the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries.

Impatience, gap shooting and other causes of car accidents

While many Ontario drivers may think drunk driving, speeding and texting cause most crashes, other more fundamental drivers' errors are often to blame. While it is true that distracted driving causes many car accidents, it is not only mobile devices that cause distractions. Anything that diverts the attention of the driver can cause a devastating crash in the blink of an eye. It could be attending to a child in the rear seat, admiring the surrounding landscapes and more.

Car accidents: Doctors to avoid prescribing marijuana to truckers

Following up on our post about commercial truck drivers using marijuana on Aug. 29, 2017 ("Car accidents: How will legalizing marijuana affect road safety?"), trucking authorities are now asking for more oversight. The Canadian Trucking Alliance is concerned about the number of drugs that are prescribed to truck drivers by medical practitioners. CTA warns that truckers in Ontario and other provinces have safety-sensitive jobs as they share their work environments with the public, and drug impairment can lead to devastating car accidents when commercial trucks are involved.

Social media activities can jeopardize claims after car accidents

Ontario victims of personal injury in auto crashes are advised to think twice before hitting the "post" button, sharing, liking, accepting friend requests and being tagged on social media. Most people's lives have become public on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms. However, personal injury claims after car accidents can be derailed by a single social media post.

Who will be at fault in autonomous car accidents?

The rapid pace at which autonomous vehicle technology is developing has led to the launch of AVIN -- the Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network in Ontario. This will be the site of a demonstration zone in which researchers can perfect their unique technologies, and it will provide them with realistic weather and traffic conditions for testing driverless cars. While all this goes on, the people in the province may have questions about who would be at fault in car accidents involving these vehicles.

Despite the greatest care, snow and ice will cause car accidents

Ontario winters are known to cause hazardous road conditions. However, car accidents can be prevented by taking a few precautions. Snowstorms in Ontario can be severe, and the best protection might be to stay off the roads during such storms and only drive when it cannot be avoided. It may take longer to reach a destination when travelling in inclement weather, so drivers must make sure they are well rested before taking to the roads.

Will techno gadgets cause more distracted driving car accidents?

Safety authorities expressed concern about the fact that automakers install more and more infotainment devices in their vehicles to attract more sales while jeopardizing the safety of motorists. They say it started with built-in navigation systems, which have made driving easier and possibly safer. However, the fact that drivers in Ontario and elsewhere use the devices while driving rather than before driving has created more threats of car accidents due to distractions.

What is a tort claim and how is liability determined?

Whenever an Ontario person suffers injuries that are deemed to have been caused by another person, there will be a question of liability. When it comes to civil justice, liability is a word that will be used in a tort claim and also in a personal injury lawsuit. Liability arises from personal actions and, when it comes to tort laws, the typical concern is whether one person's careless, reckless or negligent actions caused harm to another.

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