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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. When a research group studied 30 vehicles and 120 drivers — ages 21 to 36 — and the levels of visual and cognitive distraction they pose, they made particular mention of the Audi Q7. Insurance authorities regard this car as one of the safest passenger vehicles. However, the car has various voice-based and touch-screen technologies that are challenging to operate while also focusing on driving. The researchers say that consumer demand for tools to allow internet access, text messaging and voice commands is increasing, despite the dangers these features may pose. An independent auto safety consultant explained that automakers are responsible for providing shareholders with profits. If they prioritize safety and fail to answer to the demands of consumers, they might end up with the safest vehicle that nobody wants to buy. Some suggest the technological features should be optional with drivers having the choice of disabling some features while they drive. Ontario motorists may not realize the high risks of car accidents to which they are exposed — not necessarily posed by their own vehicles but by the distracted drivers in other cars. Any injuries suffered because of the negligence of other parties can lead to personal injury lawsuits. However, if it involves distractions by gadgets inside the other driver’s car, proving negligence may be challenging. An injured victim may be wise to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer to navigate the claim on his or her behalf.

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Reduce Distractions While You Drive

The Ontario government recently announced their decision to amend legislation to target distracted drivers. Its main strategy includes harsher penalties and increased fines for accidents that result in death or bodily harm. In an effort to reduce the types of distractions that can occur while driving, the Canadian Automobile Association has listed a number of ways prepare for a drive before you sit down behind the wheel. Using these tips will help you ensure driving remains your main focus, and may also help you avoid lesser distracted driving offences. Tips To Avoid Distractions Before You Start Driving Give yourself enough travel time to get to your destination Plan your route accordingly if you are travelling to a new location, or program the directions into a GPS system Make sure loose items are properly secured. Turn off cellphones and any smart devices before you drive Make sure passengers and pets – especially children – are properly seated and secured and have everything they may need Pre-set radio and climate control functions Ways To Avoid Distractions While Driving Do not reply to messages – let voice-mail accept calls, and do not read incoming texts and emails Waiting until you are stopped or no longer driving to eat, drink or smoke while travelling Do not use your mirrors to groom yourself while you are behind the wheel Steer with both hands and always keep your eyes on the road. Pull over or stop at a designated station in order to attend to matters that require your urgent attention Distracted driving injuries are very serious and can potentially have long-term effects. It’s important to practice safe driving habits to reduce the risk of injury. If you have suffered an injury as a result of a distracted driving accident, it’s essential to speak to a personal injury lawyer right away. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine how your injuries were sustained, what your rights are and the type of compensation you should pursue.

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Tort Claims: Unraveling Liability Determination in Legal Disputes

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. Torts can involve deliberate and intentional harm caused to another person or unintentional actions, which usually imply negligence that does not include willful wrongdoing but unreasonable acts that caused injury. The first of three standards of liability is intention, which requires proof that a defendant meant to cause harm in cases such as assault. The second is negligence that requires evidence of failure in a defendant’s duty of care, such as in a medical malpractice claim. Then there is strict liability that needs neither proof of negligence nor intention, but the mere fact that an injury was caused could make the defendant guilty. Personal injury — a subcategory of tort law — may be the area in which liability claims are most prevalent. To determine liability in a personal injury claim, specific questions are asked. Was the plaintiff owed a duty of care by the defendant, and did he or she fail in that duty? Did the defendant’s conduct cause harm to the plaintiff that resulted in damages? Only when losses were suffered will there be a viable claim. If you, a friend or a family member became the victim of someone’s negligence and suffered injuries and losses, contact us to speak to one of our lawyers. We will inform you of your rights and explain what steps you should be taking in order to protect your rights for the future. An Ontario lawyer can also evaluate the circumstances of your injury and determine the viability of a tort claim.

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