Category: Collisions

With summer right around the corner, it’s prime motorcycle season here in Ontario. With about 220,000 registered motorcycles in the province, motorcyclists and other drivers should remember these key tips for safely sharing the road. For motorcyclists: Be seen. Drivers who hit motorcyclists often say that the motorcycle “came out of nowhere” and they just […]

A recent study published in the journal Injury Prevention reveals some troubling data about Ontario children involved in pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions. Dr. Linda Rothman, a senior research associate at Sick Kids and the study’s lead author, puts it bluntly: “Simply put, poorer children are at an increased risk of getting hit by cars. Child pedestrian […]

Spring is on the way, and snowmobiling enthusiasts are enjoying the last few rides of the season. Unfortunately, it has been a fatal winter for 13 sledders in Ontario; the OPP recently reported that there have been 11 fatal accidents to date. At this time of year, with waterways beginning to thaw, the OPP notes […]

Hit and run collisions are very serious. In addition to injury, hit and runs can cause enormous trouble and uncertainly for the victim. Coping with injury and recovery is hard enough without the added difficulties related to an unknown at-fault driver, who has committed a crime by failing to remain at the scene of the […]

Listeners of CBC’s Sunday Edition recently heard Michael Enright’s short but scathing essay on pedestrian deaths in Canada’s large cities such as Toronto. In it, Enright suggests that the problem with road deaths is that “nobody cares”. “The politicians who run the police department don’t care. If they did, they would put more cops with […]

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released its Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, and the contents are grim: globally, 1.35 million people die every year in road traffic crashes. Warning that drastic action is needed, the report notes that “the price paid for mobility is too high, especially because proven measures exist.”  […]

The holiday season always brings a heightened awareness about the risks of impaired driving, and this year is no exception. Earlier this week, the federal government brought into force stricter impaired driving laws (Bill C-46) that give police officers more power to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and impose stricter penalties […]

Now that we’ve got a bit of snow here in Ontario, you may be itching to kick off winter with the first snowmobile ride of the season. But the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) is reminding snowmobilers that although it’s tempting, none of the official OFSC trails are open yet. The safest thing to […]

No one wants to imagine their child being injured in a car crash, but the statistics are clear and they indicate motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of death for children in Canada as 10,000 children are injured in collisions every single year. Everyone knows that car seats are important, but it is […]

Could Ontario finally be getting serious about real consequences for drivers who endanger pedestrians and cyclists? We’ve written before about penalties for drivers who hit pedestrians or other vulnerable road users and how the consequences are often grossly inadequate considering the injury or fatality they are responsible for. It’s been a while since Ontario last […]