Wednesday, 13 December 2017
There were almost 36,000 injury-causing collisions on Ontario roads last year resulting in 49,601 people injured and another 483 killed. Officials of the provincial police identified speeding as a leading cause of fatal crashes on the roads patrolled by them. Drivers can help to ensure the safety of the occupants of their vehicles, drivers and passengers of other vehicles, and pedestrians by taking the time to review and implement a few safe driving practices.
Monday, 11 December 2017
An average of four people die each day on Canadian roads in crashes in which alcohol or drugs play a role according to MADD Canada. Although there are severe penalties for drivers arrested and convicted of driving while impaired, Statistics Canada reports that a disturbingly large number of drivers responding to a survey admitted to driving while impaired an average of six times in a one-year period. Obviously, there is much for people to learn about the effects of alcohol and drugs on their driving abilities and the risk of injury and death posed by impaired drivers.
Friday, 08 December 2017
The season of twinkling lights, holiday decorations and, inevitably, office holiday parties has arrived. The office party is a time-honored holiday tradition bringing together co-workers to join in celebration. These gatherings, particularly when alcohol is served, can lead to legal entanglements and liability issues. Here are a few tips to help make your holiday office party a safe and liability-free celebration for all to enjoy.
Wednesday, 06 December 2017
Most people hosting a party or gathering at their home are more concerned about having enough food and beverages for their guests than they are about being held responsible if someone has too much to drink and is involved in an accident. Canadian courts have made it clear that a bar or restaurant serving alcohol to a customer could be held liable if an intoxicated patron is injured in an accident. The law is not as clear as far as the responsibility of a social host for injuries suffered by an intoxicated guest.
Monday, 04 December 2017
Extremely cold temperatures, ice and snow are facts of life drivers must learn to deal with in Ontario. Winter temperatures in Toronto are usually around 0 degrees Celsius, but they can drop to as low as minus 25 degrees C. You might head to work in the morning under clear, sunny skies and be confronted by a blizzard for your evening ride home. Being prepared for winter driving is important to keep you safe and prevent accidents, so here are a few tips to get you ready for whatever winter might have in store.
Friday, 01 December 2017
The holidays offer an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. As people take to the roads to do their last-minute shopping or to attend holiday gatherings, staying safe and not putting other people at risk should be at the top of your holiday list of things to do. According to data released by Ontario officials, distracted and impaired driving are the primary causes of collisions and fatalities on roads throughout the province. Exercising caution, good judgment and following a few basic tips for safe holiday driving can keep you and your loved ways safe.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017
Speeding, tailgating and weaving in and out of lanes are more than bad driving behaviours that violate the law, they are also signs of aggressive driving. According to the provincial police in Ontario, fatalities caused by aggressive driving have increased by at least 80 percent. Aggressive and unsafe driver behaviour is so dangerous that the provincial government amended the Highway Traffic Act to make common aggressive driving behaviours a violation of the law punishable by fines, license suspension and the possibility of serving six months in jail.
Monday, 27 November 2017
Everyone looks forward to the holiday season for its festivities and good cheer. Keeping family and friends safe should be high on the holiday wish list as people hurry about to complete last minute shopping and preparations. The holidays bring with them a higher risk of injury in the home and on the road, so taking a few precautions could help make for a healthier and safer holiday this year.
Friday, 24 November 2017
It might seem as though each day brings with it another news story about one of the major car makers or parts manufacturer announcing a recall because of a defect. All of the media attention to car defects and recalls might lead you to believe roads in Ontario and throughout Canada are safer because of them, but it turns out that one out of every six cars on the road has a defect that has been the subject of a recall. When a defect causes an accident, an injured victim could have a claim against the manufacturer of the defective car and part.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
The popularity of bicycle riding has gotten a tremendous boost in Ontario. Joining the ranks of people using their bikes for exercise and recreation is a growing trend among commuters to forego traditional forms of transportation in favor of riding a bike to work. The onset of wintry weather does not mean riders must give up their daily routine as long as they follow a few precautions to make winter cycling safe.