Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

Canada is known for ranking among the top countries in the world by all sorts of measures, though it’s often edged out by Scandinavian countries with top-notch social, health, and transportation policies. The topic of today’s post is a great example of progressive Swedish thinking: the Vision Zero movement. This road safety strategy is gaining […]

It’s winter in Ontario, and for thousands of people that means it’s snowmobiling season. Snowmobiling is extremely popular in our province, and with over 30,000 km of trails, it’s not hard to understand the appeal. However, there is a dark side to this passtime, and that is the potential for severe injury and death when […]

Would an insurance company be so driven to deny benefits to an injured person that they would spend more on medical assessments than on actual injury compensation? It sounds too ludicrous to be true. And yet, a recent and revealing article in the National Post summarizes an Insurance Bureau of Canada report that says yes, […]

A $500 fine for causing a fatal road accident. “A slap on the wrist” seems like the understatement of the year, doesn’t it? The Toronto Star recently ran an excellent piece on the relatively small price that drivers who fatally injury pedestrians pay for their actions. David Rider’s article, Ontario drivers in deadly collisions often […]

No one likes to think about being involved in a car accident. And yet, in 2014 (the most recent year for which stats are available), more than 47,000 Ontario residents were injured in collisions. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, in ways that you have no control over.  And the consequences of […]

That’s the question that a group of legal clinics and other workers’ rights advocates has put to the Ontario Ombudsman. In a submission dated November 7th, the group draws attention to Ontario workers suffering from chronic occupational stress disabilities. Their letter emphasizes that the WSIB “continues to apply legislative provisions and policy that have been […]

As winter approaches, people prepare by bringing in patio furniture, raking up leaves and pulling out their warmest coats and mitts. Many folks also swap out their regular tires for winter tires and get the snow brush out of the basement. But to truly prepare for winter driving, there is a lot more than can […]

Sometimes the full effects of changes to auto insurance legislation aren’t felt or understood until you have to make a claim. There are so many numbers, conditions and exceptions to keep track of, and it can be hard to truly appreciate these abstracts. Here is a recent news story that illustrates this concept perfectly. 34-year […]

Earlier this month, yet another tragic cycling accident made headlines in Ottawa: the death of 23-year old Nusrat Jahan, killed in a collision with a construction truck while bicycling in the Laurier Avenue bike lane on September 1st. The accident was one in a rash of vehicle-bike collisions in the Ottawa area earlier this month. […]

On a sunny and clear September 14, 2014, motorcyclist John “Rosie” Roseboom was struck by a distracted driver on a straight highway. The driver was in a hurry to get to his dirt bike trail and didn’t see John, a motorcycle enthusiast with 45 years of experience and founding member of the Rat River Riders.  […]