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 …
In spite of significant advances in bicycle safety initiatives – including everything from general awareness to specially demarcated lanes – cycling’s growing popularity has resulted in a spike in related injuries in recent years. According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, bicycles were involved in 2,500-plus collisions resulting in personal injury in 2010, the last year such data was provided.* More people are now injured in bicycle related collisions than in those involving motorcycles and mopeds.
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