With the arrival of Spring and the recent warm weather in Toronto and the GTA, more bicyclists are out on the streets. As the weather continues to warm up, the number of bicycles on our streets will increase. That also means that drivers of other vehicles need to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
We all know that motor vehicles present a major danger to pedestrians and bicyclists. The sad reality is that accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists very often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Even relatively minor, low speed collisions with a pedestrian or cyclist can result in serious injuries. Additionally, many pedestrians and cyclists are children, and they may not have the same safety instincts and experience, which make them even more vulnerable.
Drivers in Toronto and the GTA can help prevent serious pedestrian and bicycle accidents by simply paying attention to their surroundings. This means avoiding reckless driving and curbing habits that can take your attention away from the road.
If you do choose to engage in reckless or negligent driving, you should be aware that a civil lawsuit can hold you liable for your actions. In Ontario, drivers of motor vehicle are presumed negligence when they are involved in an accident with a cyclist or pedestrian. Drivers of vehicles may be required to pay compensation to the victim or their family. In some cases, accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists may even result in criminal charges against the vehicle driver.
We owe it to cyclists to pay attention and be safe this season. Drive safe.