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Upcoming winter could bring more ice, car accidents than normal

All residents of the province of Ontario are likely aware that more care needs to be taken when driving in the winter months. The blowing snow and ice can lead to treacherous driving conditions for those who are travelling in it. Drivers in the province should be aware this winter could be particularly bad. This is because According to climatologists, the El Nino cycle currently affecting Ontario could bring nasty ice storms. While warm temperatures are welcomed by many during the winter months, the warmer temperatures can result in rain and ice storms instead of the traditional winter precipitation, snow. The ice can make roads slippery and lead to accidents. These accidents could result in injuries to those involved. When these incidents are the result of drivers not taking the necessary driving precautions, those who are hurt could seek damages via a personal injury lawsuit. According to a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, this season is expected to be the strongest El Nino since the winter of 1997-1998. Overall, since 1950, it is projected to be the second strongest. This means that while drivers should always take steps to drive with caution, it is that much more important during the upcoming winter months. 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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Defect in trucks prompts recall of 250,000 vehicles

There are multiple reasons why a motor vehicle accident might occur. While the first thing that may come to mind when someone hears that a crash has occurred is negligence on the part of a driver, there are other factors that could be to blame, or be a factor. One of those factors is defects with the vehicles involved. When a vehicle does not work the way it is supposed to it is possible that the driver could lose control and be in an accident. Other times, while a defect in a vehicle might not be to blame for the accident itself, it could be what causes those involved to suffer injuries. The fear of this happening recently prompted a truck recall in Canada. Close to 250,000 vehicles were recalled by Fiat Chrysler. Included in those vehicles are model years 2012 through 2014, of Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks and 3500, 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cabs. The reason for the recall is so that issues with steering and driver-side airbag deployment can be addressed. An airbag could deploy when the steering wheel harness becomes worn. Though there are at least two accidents that occurred because of the problem, thus far no one has been injured. When someone is injured in a car accident that negligence on the part of another contributed to, legal action may be appropriate. These cases are often complex. As a result, most people contact a personal injury lawyer to help fully assert their rights.

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Drive safe this summer on Canadian highways

Canadians are at risk for more fatal collisions during the summer months than at any other season. Factors influencing the higher mortality rates include aggressive driving, alcohol impairment and fatigue. Below are some suggestions from the Canada Safety Council on ways to make safety the priority when travelling this summer. — Get your vehicle checked before leaving. Air up the tires and replace any that are visibly worn. Top up the fluid levels and check for wear and tear on belts and other parts that could leave you stranded on a dangerous stretch of highway. — Buckle up. Insist that the driver and all passengers are securely buckled before the key is turned in the vehicle. Wearing safety restraints is the most effective action you can take to avoid injuries. — Plan periodic stops. It’s unreasonable to expect young children to drive for hours without becoming cranky. Plan for distractions. — Drive defensively. Don’t speed, which leads to higher risk of crashes and the potential for more severe injuries. Use the three second rule about following the car ahead so you can plan manoeuvres to avoid danger. Allow for extra time in inclement weather conditions. According to the Canada Safety Council, approximately 85 per cent of road accidents are preventable. But drivers have to prepare for other drivers’ poor judgment and lack of driving skills to keep safe. Despite all of your precautions, you may still have an accident with another at-fault driver. If you or your family members are injured, you may have to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver and their insurance carrier.

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