As an Ontario personal injury law firm, we often meet individuals and families that are victims of serious accidents caused by distracted driving. There is no question that distracted driving is a major factor in the severity of many crashes on Ontario roads and highways. In our experience, distracted driving accidents often result in more severe collisions and greater injuries. This is often because the distracted driver takes no evasive action to avoid or mitigate the impact. As such, rear-end crashes can be at higher speeds without any braking before impact. Similarly, we have seen pedestrians mowed down by cars in clear daylight while walking in crosswalks. These kinds of accidents occur because the driver was texting and not looking at the road ahead. These Toronto and Ontario distracted driving accidents can are entirely preventable.
Although it has been illegal for drivers in Ontario to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held cell phones and other hand-held devices, the accidents from distracted driving remain prevalent. In September 2015, the penalties for distracted driving in Ontario have increased significantly, and we sincerely hope that this will help reduce distracted driving accidents.
As of September 1, 2015, a driver that is convicted of distracted driving, will face a fine of $490, and as high as $1,000; and three demerit points.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a distracted driving accident in Ontario, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn more about your rights, call us for a FREE CONSULTATION with an injury lawyer at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093, or complete our online request form here.
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Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.