Monday, 12 March 2018
The snow and ice of winter might finally be over, but the risk of becoming the victim of a slip and fall accident remains. In fact, the nicer weather that encourages people to get outdoors and walk instead of taking the family car or public transportation increases the likelihood of slipping and falling. Falling and being injured is such a frequent occurrence that everyone needs to know what to do if they are injured.
Friday, 09 March 2018
The end of winter has a lot of people spending time in their garages getting their motorcycles ready to take onto the roads throughout Ontario. Motorcycle enthusiasts boast of the pleasure of traveling through the cities and countryside without the confinement imposed by the steel and glass enclosure of other types of motor vehicles. Riding on a motorcycle might offer a sense of freedom and the chance to enjoy the sights, scents and sounds of the open road, but it is also a dangerous activity that is responsible for at least 10 percent of all fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents even though motorcycles represent only 2 percent of the vehicles on the road. There are steps motorcycle riders can take to reduce their risk of being involved in an accident and limiting the seriousness of their injuries.
Wednesday, 07 March 2018
The warmer daytime temperatures and the disappearance of snow of ice from the streets and sidewalks are sure signs that spring has arrived in Ontario. More cars and other vehicles take to the roads as individuals and families travel to parks, lakes and other recreation areas to enjoy the change of seasons, but accidents can occur as motorists must share the roads with more motorcyclists, joggers, children at play and bicyclists than might have been out during the long, cold winter. Drivers and others using the roads, streets and highways can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries by following a few safe driving tips for springtime.
Monday, 05 March 2018
The province of Ontario offers residents and visitors an endless variety of scenic trails to hike and explore. Springtime offers a much-needed change from the cold and snowy winter weather and what better way to take advantage of it than by hiking through the countryside. Hiking in the springtime presents challenges, so here are a few tips and precautions to keep in mind for a safe hiking experience.
Friday, 02 March 2018
What could be better and safer than living on a farm away from traffic and the hazards associated with urban living? As it turns out, life on a farm isn’t all that safe after all. According to the number of fatalities, agriculture ranks as the third most hazardous occupation in Canada. More than 70 percent of those deaths involved farm machinery. Farm owners and workers can reduce the risk of suffering a serious injury by engaging in a few safety practices.
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
If you are uncertain of its meaning when someone mentions a liability waiver, you’re in good company. Few people aside from lawyers and people working for insurance companies understand the full impact of a liability waiver, but many people put their signatures on them without hesitation. Chances are pretty good that you signed a liability waiver when you went skiing this winter and purchased the lift pass or rented skis. Before setting out for a day kayaking on your favorite river, you probably had to sign a liability waiver before joining your guide who would be leading the group. The legal effect of these documents is not as clear as you might expect considering how frequently you are asked to sign one of them.
Monday, 26 February 2018
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Friday, 16 February 2018
Children always seem to be doing something. Whether riding a bicycle or playing an organized sport, the activities children participate in putting them at risk of suffering a concussion due to an injury to the head. The Government of Canada reports that 64 percent of hospital emergency department visits by children between 10 and 18 years of age are related to sports or other physical activities, and doctors determined that 39 percent of those children were diagnosed with concussions and another 24 percent were suspected of having concussions. Given those statistics, here is what every parent needs to know about their children and concussions.
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
The size of the province can make it seem as though getting around Ontario should be difficult, but the existence of public transportation, particularly in Toronto and other large cities, helps commuters and visitors in their daily travels. Using public transportation is not without its risks. One of the companies providing public transportation in Ontario reported that its buses were involved in 897 crashes during a recent three-year period. It labelled more than 46 percent of them as being preventable had the drivers taken appropriate measures to avoid them. Users of public transportation should know their rights if they are injured in a crash.
Monday, 12 February 2018
Almost 8 million dogs make their home in Canada, so it’s not surprising that the number of people bitten by dogs is on the rise. This is despite law in Ontario prohibiting people from owning breeds, such as pit bulls, that lawmakers accused of being prone to attacking people. A sharp decline in the pit bull population to the point of their being close to nonexistent in some cities, such as Toronto, has not been met by a drop in the number of dog bites. In fact, dog bite numbers in Toronto have gone up. It’s a good idea for dog owners and victims of dog bites to know the rules about liability and what to do in the event of an attack.