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Billboard aims to curb texting and driving

Despite it being widely known that texting while driving is dangerous, throughout Canada, people continue to engage in the activity. While the prevalence of the activity would seem to indicate campaigns to stop the activity have fallen on deaf ears, a billboard recently posted in Toronto may have prompted some drivers to think twice about the activity. Located along the Gardiner Expressway, the bill board simply states “Text and Drive” and then includes the name of a purported funeral home. As is turns out, the funeral home does not really exist and the website for Wathan Funeral Home reveals that the billboard is actually a public service announcement focused on stopping drivers from texting while behind the wheel. The advertising company behind the campaign is not making any money on it and received the space for the ad for free. Texting while driving is just one of many activities that when done while driving constitute distracted driving. Engaging in distracted driving can cause crashes that result in serious injuries, even death. Because doing things while driving, such as texting, is a choice and these incidents are completely preventable, it is particularly upsetting when they occur. Drivers responsible for the negligent behaviour may be held responsible. Just how effective the public service announcement will be, remains to be seen. If you, a friend or a family member are victims of someone’s negligence and suffering from injuries and losses, contact us to speak to one of our lawyers to know your rights and what steps you should be taking in order to protect your rights for the future.

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You’ve been in a car accident — now what? (PART 3)

In today’s post, we finish up our conversation on what to do after you have been in a car accident. Now that we have taken the essential steps (check for injuries, report the accident and document the events), there are some extra tips that may be extremely helpful if you ever get in a car accident. These are tips that allow you to be proactive and prepared in case you are in a crash or in case someone’s negligent actions cause your injuries. Having an emergency kit in your car can be extremely helpful. Here are just some of the things you may want to have in your vehicle in case of an accident: –Flashlight and batteries–Fire extinguisher–Work gloves–First-aid kit–Tire repair kit–Toolkit–Booster cables–Thermal blanket–Warning cones or triangles–Towel–Bottled water–Hand wipes–Nonperishable food–Disposable camera These things can come in handy if you have been in an accident. They may not only help you, but they may allow you to help any victims in other vehicles involved. Finally, consider some rules to consider in terms of the way you act. If you get in an accident, don’t fight with the other drivers involved. Keep yourself calm and leave the explanations for the police. On top of that, do not admit guilt or assume liability. Do not sign any statements or promise other drivers that you will pay for damages. These are the types of topics that you need to discuss with your attorney. If you, a friend or a family member are victims of someone’s negligence and suffering from injuries and losses, contact us to speak to one of our lawyers to know your rights and what steps you should be taking in order to protect your rights for the future.

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You’ve been in a car accident — now what? (PART 2)

In our last post we began a discussion on what to do if you have been in a car accident. After you stop your vehicle and contact the police, there are a few things you can do in order to document the events that happened. Before you start collecting information, make sure the vehicles are out of harm’s way. If at all possible, move the vehicles to the side of the road. If the vehicle can’t be driven, turn on the hazard lights or use flares or warning triangles to indicate that the vehicle is on the road. Start by getting the other driver’s information. You will need to know their name, address, phone number and driver’s license number. Jot down their license plate number as well and get the insurance information related to the vehicle. You may also need to know who the registered owner of the vehicle is, especially if it is not the actual driver. Remember, it’s important to make sure that the driver or anyone else involved is not injured. Tending to injured individuals is the first priority. After that, see if you can get the names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses to the crash. There may have been drivers that witnessed the crash and stopped to help. Finally, write down any relevant information that may be helpful in order to recall the details of the crash. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario website provides an “Accident Worksheet” that you can print out and keep in your vehicle that will help you remember what information to write down. This information will also be helpful when you are reporting the accident to your insurance company. If you, a friend or a family member are victims of someone’s negligence and suffering from injuries and losses, contact us to speak to one of our lawyers to know your rights and what steps you should be taking in order to protect your rights for the future.

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