Don’t Let it Happen to You – Safety Tips
Too many cyclists continue to be injured on Ontario’s streets. More importantly, most cycling accidents can be avoided. A careful review of past incidents by the team at Lafazanis Law has resulted in the following recommendations. If you think we are missing any feel free to let us know.
The One-Metre Rule in Ontario
What is the one-metre rule?
The one-metre rule states that drivers shall not overtake cyclists except at a distance of one metre or more. Easy to understand and follow, the rule has been adopted by numerous countries and U.S. states in a bid to promote bicycle safety. In Canada, only Nova Scotia has adopted the rule.
After the Accident
Bicycle accidents can be sudden and traumatic events. While other pressing matters will be on your mind after an accident it is important to give some attention to the following recommendations. Following these steps may positively affect the outcome of any lawsuits related to the accident.
Common Injuries and Safety Tips
The extent of injuries is not always easily apparent
It is recommended that you consult a doctor about your injuries after an accident. Many types of injuries like brain injuries or nerve damage are often not recognized by victims right away. An immediate consultation with a medical professional is useful both to successful treatment and with any potential related lawsuits.
Statistics on Cycling and Cycling-Related Injuries
Toronto has 3 times the injury rate of cyclists compared to the North American average
The exact reason why cycling is more dangerous in Toronto (per mile travelled) than elsewhere is not known for certain. An astonishing 20% of bicycle commuters in Toronto have told surveyors that they have suffered at least one traumatic accident during a one year study. Despite the risks …
The Ontario government’s Bill 15, Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates, 2014 became law on November 20, 2014.
As the title suggests the bill is an attempt to reduce automobile insurance rates by reducing the business costs of insurance companies. Whether lower costs for insurance companies will actually result in lower rates for drivers is to be seen. In the meantime there are troubling implications for motor vehicle accident victims.
This article is about trip and falls that happen on commercial property like a store, private parking lot, residential apartment building or other place of business. For more information about trip and falls on Private Property or on Public Property, please see related articles.
Common causes of trip and falls on commercial property
Spring thaw brings with it the potential for uneven sidewalks, loose steps and cracks in the pavement or ground. Businesses are not always prompt to fix these hazards which can cause trip and falls and serious injuries.
This article is about trip and falls that happen on public or government property like a sidewalk, public washroom or public park. For more information about trip and falls on Private Property or on Commercial Property, please see related articles.
Common causes of trip and falls on public property
Spring thaw brings with it the potential for uneven sidewalks, loose steps and cracks in the ground. Spring in Ontario is often called “Pothole Season” for the crumbling streets and pavements that characterize this time of year. Each year the city launches an annual blitz to repair infrastructure that lasts well into April. In the meantime potholes and other obstacles pose a danger to pedestrians and cars alike.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Each personal injury case is unique, and requires dedication, professionalism, expertise and a personal, hands-on approach. If you have suffered injury due to the negligence of others or are being denied disability benefits, Tony Lafazanis will guide you through every step of the legal process, and ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact Tony Lafazanis today for a free consultation, or fill out our client form.
416 979 1770
1 888 979 1770