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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.

Car accidents: How will marijuana impairment be determined?

With the imminent legalization of marijuana, some drivers in Ontario will likely have questions about driving under the influence of cannabis. A marijuana producer in another province warns that cannabis has the potential to affect a driver's judgment and response time. He says operating motorized vehicles under the influence of marijuana can result in life-threatening car accidents.

Car accidents: What if the other driver is unidentified or uninsured?

It happens on Mississauga’s crowded roads: Two vehicles collide, and one or both drivers carry no automobile insurance. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation does not track how many people are driving cars without insurance, but it’s a growing concern.

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.

Who can be sued for financial recovery after car accidents?

Following serious injuries or deaths in crashes on Ontario roads, financial relief may be sought through the civil justice system. Personal injury or wrongful death claims can be filed, regardless of the outcomes of any criminal proceedings. For civil lawsuits to be successful, negligence must be established on the part of the person or entity that is named as the defendant. Not all such claims following car accidents are filed against drivers.

Steps taken after car accidents may influence recovery of damages

Being involved in motor vehicle crashes are never anticipated, and victims are often unsure of what to do immediately afterward. When car accidents are caused by the negligence of others, injured victims in Ontario typically have the choice to pursue financial relief. However, the steps they take -- or fail to take -- in the aftermath of the crash may jeopardize their chances of a successful personal injury claim.

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.

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