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You’ve been in a car accident — now what? (PART 1)

You’re heading down the road on your way to work just like every other weekday this year. The route is so ingrained in you that you expect every morning to be just as uneventful as the morning before. But on this particular day, everything becomes different in an instant. You cross an intersection and within seconds are forced off the road by a vehicle hitting you from the driver’s side. Your car ends up in the ditch. You are hurting but still conscious and able to walk. It’s not atypical for panic to set in. Some people get emotional while others get downright angry. For most, there is some level of shock that sets in as well. While this can definitely be a stressful event, there are some key steps you should take to make the process easier and more manageable. These steps will, of course, vary, depending on the severity of the accident. First, make sure that you stop your vehicle. Do not leave the scene of the accident, no matter how minor the accident may seem. The next step you take depends on the severity of the case. If you suspect someone is injured, the damages are more than $1,000 or you think someone may have done something illegal that led to the accident, call the police. If it appears that no one is injured and that the damages for all vehicles involved is less than $1,000, call the police and they will instruct you further. They might decide to come out or they may tell you to call a Collision Reporting Centre within a day. In our next post, we will continue our discussion on the steps to take if you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident. 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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Distracted driving cause of the most road deaths in Ontario

This past week the Ontario Provincial Police waged the distracted driver campaign it engages in every year. According to the OPP, there are multiple activities that if engaged in while driving, could be considered distracted driving.  These include talking on the phone, texting, tending to kids in the back seat, self-grooming and eating, while operating a vehicle. Some studies have found that the danger associated with these activities is the same as driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The OPP indicates where road deaths are concerned in the province, over the course of the past few years, distracted driving is the number one reason. Speed-related crashes are second, followed by seat belt-related and alcohol/drug-related deaths. Despite the fact that approximately 20,000 distracted driving charges have been laid between 2013 and 2015, last year, a total of 69 people in Ontario were killed in road crashes in which distracted driving played a role. Drivers engaging in distracting behaviors while behind the wheel could cause accidents that hurt people in a variety of different types of situations including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and the occupants of other vehicles on the road. Depending on the circumstances, these individuals could suffer serious injuries that dramatically impact their lives. 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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Tips for staying safe while driving this winter

Icy roads are a part of winter in Mississauga. Because they can be dangerous, it is important that drivers venturing onto area roads, that are slippery because of the ice, take precautions to keep themselves and others safe on the road. The key is to make sure that vehicles are able to stop in enough time to avoid striking other vehicles or objects. The best way to stop a vehicle is to drive at a speed that makes it possible for the vehicle’s tires to grip the pavement. The faster a vehicle is travelling, the harder it will be to stop. Because of that, in slippery conditions the slower the speed, the better. There are other things that can be done to make driving safer during winter. The first is to stay home when road and weather conditions are too harsh. Being aware of landmarks and signs while travelling in areas that are unfamiliar is also a good idea should it become necessary to call for help. Other things involve preparing the vehicle for winter weather. In addition to having a car serviced to prepare for the season, making sure there is another windshield washer fluid and that the windshield is properly cleared for ice and snow is necessary. Likewise, the headlights should be cleared off and in good working order. Creating and placing a winter survival kit with food and beverages, flashlights and blankets is also wise. Following these tips could keep drivers in Ontario safe throughout then winter. Should an accident occur that results in injuries, it may make sense to consult a personal injury lawyer for information regarding filing a personal injury lawsuit. 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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