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Harsher penalties for car accidents causing harm to pedestrians

The Ontario Minister of Transportation, John Yakabuski, says irresponsible and unsafe driving continues to injure and kill pedestrians. He says the level of pedestrian vs. car accidents has become critical. For this reason, harsher penalties to ensure safer roads for all came into effect on Sept. 1, and he says these changes will convey a clear message of zero tolerance for dangerous driving. Ontario drivers must allow pedestrians to cross the entire road at all crossings and only continue driving when pedestrians have reached the other side. This applies to marked crossings and those at which a crossing guard is present. Drivers who do not yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, school crossings and crossovers will also face increased penalties of four demerits and maximum fines of $1,000. In the future, drivers who are convicted on charges of careless driving that caused injuries or death to pedestrians will face fines of up to $50,000. They may also receive six demerit points and suspension of driver’s licenses for up to five years. Furthermore, a conviction could include a jail sentence of up to two years. While these stricter measures might lower the numbers of pedestrian vs. car accidents, pedestrians will continue to be vulnerable every time they cross Ontario roads. If driver negligence caused such accidents, injured victims and surviving family members of deceased pedestrians would retain the right to pursue financial relief. Recovering economic and emotional damages is typically a complicated process that is best navigated by an experienced Ontario personal injury and wrongful death lawyer.

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Cyclist safety: Follow the rules of the road. Minimize risk

Cyclists rightfully complain about poor drivers and the dangers they pose to cyclists. Drivers hit three cyclists in 24 hours in Toronto last week. Their bad driving habits are a major reason for these accidents. With bikes and cars both sharing the road, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Cyclists play a role too. Our post this week looks at some of the complexities involved when cyclists are injured in road accidents. Cyclists must obey the rules of the road too Cyclists don’t need to pass a written or practical test for a licence to ride their bicycles. Most learn how to ride and then begin navigating the roads with cars. Over time, cyclists may forget the rules of the road too. By being mindful of these rules, they shoulder their duty of care to others using the roads. Doing so is wise, for cyclists may at times be judged partially responsible if they are hit by a vehicle while ignoring the rules of the road. Suppose a cyclist runs a red light just as a driver, seeing a flashing red countdown on the pedestrian ‘walk – don’t walk’ signal, speeds up to get through the intersection while the light is still green. The driver hits the cyclist and breaks the cyclist’s right arm and leg. What if the cyclist was not wearing a helmet? Who is responsible for the accident? Could the severity of the injury have been lessened? Liability in personal injury cases In personal injury law, there is a concept called contributory negligence. A cyclist must act as a reasonable person, and not take unreasonable risks when bicycling. If they take unreasonable risks, a person can be held completely or partially responsible for their own injury, even if another person was involved in the accident. Personal injury law is complex, especially where the question of negligence arises. A cyclist should consult experienced personal injury lawyers to determine if they have a claim for damages against a driver who has hit the cyclist, and how to successfully pursue that claim through the courts – even if the cyclist’s actions led in part to the accident.

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Police department seeks to reduce pedestrian accidents

Walking is a popular mode of transportation for people of all ages in Mississauga. As it turns out, it can also be dangerous. In 2015 Peel Regional Police indicates that on streets in Mississauga and Brampton, a total of 633 pedestrians were struck by cars or trucks. This resulted in 496 people suffering injuries and 13 deaths. Recently, the Peel Regional Police released a video designed to reduce the number of these incidents that occur. It is geared toward pedestrians and implores them to not “be a statistic.” Of course it is not only pedestrians who are responsible for preventing these incidents. There are many negligent activities that drivers could engage in that could cause them to hit a pedestrian. Among other things, negligence could take the form of distracted driving. Following a pedestrian accident the most important thing to do is of course to get the necessary medical treatment. Because most pedestrians who are hit have little to protect them, depending on how fast the vehicle was travelling when the collision occurred, it is possible that the injuries suffered will be severe and require extensive treatment. After that care is secured, it may make sense to look into your legal options. 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. Walking is a popular mode of transportation for people of all ages in Mississauga. As it turns out, it can also be dangerous. In 2015 Peel Regional Police indicates that on streets in Mississauga and Brampton, a total of 633 pedestrians were struck by cars or trucks. This resulted in 496 people suffering injuries and 13 deaths. Recently, the Peel Regional Police released a video designed to reduce the number of these incidents that occur. It is geared toward pedestrians and implores them to not “be a statistic.” Of course it is not only pedestrians who are responsible for preventing these incidents. There are many negligent activities that drivers could engage in that could cause them to hit a pedestrian. Among other things, negligence could take the form of distracted driving. Following a pedestrian accident the most important thing to do is of course to get the necessary medical treatment. Because most pedestrians who are hit have little to protect them, depending on how fast the vehicle was travelling when the collision occurred, it is possible that the injuries suffered will be severe and require extensive treatment. After that care is secured, it may make sense to look into your legal options. 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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