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Car Accidents: Lookout For Potential Hazards As You Drive

While most drivers in Ontario are responsible and law-abiding when they take to the roads, some fail to recognize the hazards dangerous driving pose to themselves and others. The consequences of car accidents could be life changing, and motorists might avoid collisions by looking out for potential crash risks. Knowing that fatigue, nighttime driving and inclement weather increase the chances of accidents is a good start. Authorities say defensive driving can avoid accidents, and that starts by looking out for drivers who are distracted or impaired. Those are the ones who might run red lights and stop signs and ignore other traffic rules. They might race and drive recklessly, and tailgating is often an indication of their intentions to race. These drivers are the ones who make dangerous lane changes and end up going the wrong direction on the highways. However, not all dangers on the road are posed by other drivers. If every driver makes sure his or her vehicle is properly maintained, including the condition of the tires, many accidents could be avoided. Furthermore, taking special care when travelling through construction zones and keeping a lookout for animal crossings might limit injuries and deaths in the time leading up to the holidays. Sadly, the aftermaths of car accidents could leave people with life-changing injuries, scars and disabilities, or having to deal with the loss of a loved one. Victims or surviving family members of those who died in crashes in Ontario can seek financial relief through insurance providers, and if the negligence of other parties caused the accidents, there might be grounds to file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits. A lawyer who is experienced in this field can navigate the dealings with insurance companies and the ensuing legal proceedings if viable civil claims exist.

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Despite the greatest care, snow and ice will cause car accidents

Ontario winters are known to cause hazardous road conditions. However, car accidents can be prevented by taking a few precautions. Snowstorms in Ontario can be severe, and the best protection might be to stay off the roads during such storms and only drive when it cannot be avoided. It may take longer to reach a destination when travelling in inclement weather, so drivers must make sure they are well rested before taking to the roads. A vehicle that is in good shape could improve the chances of arriving safely. All fluids must be topped up, and windshield wipers must be in excellent condition. Appropriate snow tires can save lives of the occupants of a car while it can prevent sliding and becoming a hazard to other road users. Compliance with winter tire rules can save lives. Combinations of ice and heavy snow can make roads treacherous, and allowing sufficient following distances is vital. It is important for drivers to avoid the temptation to speed and allow pedestrians extra time to cross the slippery roads. Being prepared for the unexpected may prevent one from becoming stranded without any emergency supplies, which can be deadly. A driver would be wise to take along supplies such as a first-aid kit, blanket, jumper cables, small shovel, flashlight, flares, candles and matches along with snacks that are nonperishable and a phone charger. The need to use it might not arise, but being prepared can provide peace of mind. While staying safe on dangerous Ontario roads this winter might be the priority of all drivers, accidents happen, and for those who are injured, there will be financial consequences. Recovery of losses may be pursued if car accidents were caused by the negligence of other parties. However, establishing such negligence could be challenging and might be best accomplished by the skills of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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Who cause more car accidents — seniors or young males?

For unknown reasons, many people in Ontario assume that drivers who are older than 65 years put their own lives, and the lives of others, on the line. A spokesperson in a managerial position at the Canadian Automobile Association says that is a myth. Crash data shows that young males have proven to present the biggest dangers on the road and they cause most car accidents. The spokesperson says statistics indicate that even though the numbers of older drivers are growing, the rate of accidents caused by them has dropped. To support these statements, he says seniors around the age of 80 years are much healthier than the average citizens of that age some decades ago. Advancements in the medical field have brought about optical surgery to remove cataracts and implant lenses, giving them excellent eyesight. Furthermore, their generation has an awareness of well-being and the importance of living healthy lifestyles to allow them to remain independent. Further positives include the facts that fewer seniors drive while they are impaired, and they tend to avoid driving in adverse weather conditions and after dark. However, children of seniors are urged to keep a lookout for red flags and telltale signs of mental and physical issues that might jeopardize their driving abilities. Their independence is precious, but having ‘the talk’ might be unavoidable when warranted. Car accidents could happen to anyone, regardless of age. However, senior drivers who suffer injuries in crashes should not automatically take the blame. They are as entitled to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system as any other crash victim. An experienced personal injury lawyer can assist with establishing negligence and advocating for the injured motorist throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

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