Van Dyke Injury Law Blog

For the last few years, the OPP has held their Distracted Driving Awareness week in March. Every year, we hope that distracted driving statistics will go down, but inevitably, they do not. This year, the OPP announced that 65 people lost their lives due to distracted driving in 2016. Tragically, that is “more than drinking […]

That is what a proposed class action lawsuit wants to prove. A representative plaintiff and other members of the class action will argue that they were wrongfully denied the full extent of benefits to which they were entitled under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act from 2012 to 2014. The lawsuit contains some fairly serious […]

Although we wrote about snowmobile safety a few weeks ago, in light of a recent report from the Ontario Provincial Police, it’s a topic worth reemphasizing. Earlier this week, the OPP released a report on fatal snowmobile incidents to date for the 2016-2017 season. The numbers are shocking: fatalities have more than doubled this season […]

There’s no doubt: one of the most revolutionary innovations of the 21st century has got to be self-driving cars (also known as autonomous vehicles or AVs). Though the possibility of self-driving cars has been around for many years, it wasn’t until the Ontario government announced that an official pilot program for driverless vehicles would be […]

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 […]