Category: Collisions

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 […]

All motor vehicle accidents are scary, but with such disparity in the size and weight of vehicles, collisions involving transport trucks are especially horrific. It’s simple physics that in a match-up between passenger vehicle and tractor trailer, the smaller vehicle will take the bigger hit. And according to new statistics from the OPP, there has […]

In our last post, we discussed how motor vehicle accidents involving wildlife are both dangerous and extremely common here in Ontario. In today’s post, we share some helpful info on what to do if you hit an animal on the road, and how to prevent this type of accident. My vehicle collided with a large […]

From moose to bears to elk and other large species, our majestic wildlife is part of what makes Ontario’s natural environments such special places. But when wildlife and vehicles are sharing the same space, tragedy can easily occur for both humans and animals.  According to the BC-based Wildlife Collision Prevention Program, there are 4 to […]

Now that winter has left Ontario, police and first responders are bracing themselves for what one headline called “trauma season“.  Although snow and ice make for dangerous driving conditions, smooth and dry roads mean more people travel, and they drive faster. Those high-speed collisions are deadly. Statistics show that in Ontario, auto crashes jump in April […]

The results are in: Ontario’s roads, trails, and waterways were more deadly last year than in 2016. Every year, the OPP reports the number of fatalities on the roads and areas they patrol and the numbers for 2017 are bleak. Road fatalities reached a 5-year high at 343 deaths (up from 307 in 2016). Fatalities […]

Death and serious injuries are an unacceptable price to pay for speed on city streets. Humans make mistakes. Streets can be redesigned for safety and compensate for human imperfection. Those are the key premises of Vision Zero, which we wrote about last February. A year later, we are encouraged to see that Vision Zero is […]

In a recent Ontario motor vehicle accident case, the driver of the first car (the “First Driver”) was hit from behind by the driver of the second car (the “Second Driver”), who suffered injuries and sued for damages.  As the court explained, this situation where a driver sues who has rear ended another driver is […]

The recent Ontario case Unifund Assurance Co. v. ACE INA Insurance Co. which involved a motor vehicle and a pedestrian highlights the “transmission of force” principle which is fundamental to resolving insurance claims involving multi car accidents in determining which vehicle is the root cause of the accident. It is this principle which plays a […]

Summer is the season for family vacations, with many people choosing to enjoying time at a cottage. But summer is also the prime season for boating accidents. These can happen in a split second, but the repercussions can be tragic and long-lasting. They may even result in personal injury litigation which can take years to […]