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Most fatal Ontario accidents involve men and poor driving

Fatal car accidents in Ontario are far more likely to involve a vehicle with a man behind the wheel, according to data released on March 23 by the Ontario Provincial Police. The figures show that 2,358 men died in auto accidents in the province between 2005 and 2014, which is more than double the number of women who lost their lives. The data also reveals that poor driving contributes to most deadly crashes. The group most likely to be killed in motor vehicle accidents were men between 25 and 34, and the statistics indicate that many of these lives could have been saved if young men were more likely to use safety belts. Drivers made up 70 percent of road fatalities during the period studied, with passengers accounting for 23 percent of those killed and pedestrians 7 percent. While most of these drivers were behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle, 279 were killed while riding a motorcycle and 92 were truck drivers. The statistics show that many road fatalities could be avoided by improving driving skills. According to the OPP data, only 450 deadly accidents involved drivers who were operating their vehicles properly. The statistics did contain some good news, in that traffic accident death rates among children and teenagers have been substantially reduced over the last several years. Catastrophic traffic accidents can end lives or change them permanently in a matter of seconds, and many accident victims suffer debilitating injuries due to the reckless actions of others. Those injured in car accidents often never fully recover, and many of them are forced to spend lengthy periods away from their jobs. When an accident is caused by an impaired, distracted or careless driver, an injured victim may want to meet with a lawyer to determine what remedies may be available.

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Ontario right-of-way regulations

When someone comes to an intersection, it is important that they have right-of-way before proceeding. Simply using a blinker signal is not enough to obtain right-of-way; other motorists or pedestrians may have the right to proceed through an area depending on the type of intersection. When a vehicle arrives at the interaction also plays a role in who has right-of-way. If there are no signs at an intersection, motorists must yield to traffic coming from the right. From a private road or driveway, both pedestrian and motorist traffic must be allowed to go by before someone has the right to proceed. At four-way intersections with stop signs, the first vehicle to come to a complete stop has the right-of-way. When more than one automobile arrives at the same time, the person on the right must be allowed to travel first. If there is a yield sign, people must slow or stop if necessary to allow other drivers to go through the intersection. Pedestrians also have right-of-way at specially marked pedestrian crossings as well as when someone is turning left or right at an intersection. Additionally, for any intersection where the driver wants to turn left, oncoming traffic must be allowed to pass or turn before the motorist is allowed to proceed. When people do not follow basic road rules like right-of-way, car accidents are more likely to occur. Crashes that occur at intersections can involve pedestrians, and the results may be fatal. If someone or their family member has been involved in a collision, a lawyer may be able to assist them in pursuing compensation for expenses like medical bills, vehicle repairs and car rentals. A lawyer could also help someone obtain wage replacement for the time they were out of work due to an accident.

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Whiplash injuries in car accidents

Individuals in Ontario who are in car crashes may suffer from whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head snaps back and forth on the neck and may commonly occur in a rear-end collision. While it is usually not a serious injury, whiplash causes pain and some immobility in many cases. However, the condition has the potential to be very serious, and around 3 to 5 per cent of individuals with whiplash spend a year or more on disability. However, whiplash usually heals in a few weeks or a few months. Although treatments like pain killers, massages and hot or cold packs may provide some initial relief, these are not recommended over the long term. The best treatment for whiplash is usually neck exercises and relief from stress. Injured individuals are encouraged to return to their normal activities as soon as possible. Whiplash in car accidents is also preventable by as much as 24 to 44 per cent by using a head restraint properly. What many people think of as the headrest in a vehicle is actually a safety feature just like seat belts. The head restraint should be adjusted so that it is no less than 5 centimetres from the head and is even with the top of the head or the ears. Even with proper use of head restraints, individuals may still suffer whiplash and other types of injuries when they are involved in car accidents. These injuries might result in high medical bills and lost income from missed work, but if individuals can show that the negligence of another person caused the accident, they may choose to file a lawsuit for compensation. A lawyer could help an injured victim to determine if a personal injury lawsuit may be successful.

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