Ontario Injury Lawyers Hope that Increased Penalties for Distracted Driving Will Help Save Lives
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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Want To Make Sure Your Teen is Not Texting and Driving: There's An App for That
Although Ontario law prohibits texting while driving, it still happens. We have all seen people behind the wheel driving and texting on their smart phone. There is no doubt that it is tempting to read and respond to messages while driving, particularly over a long commute in Toronto and the GTA. Reminding your teen drivers that the text message can wait may not always be enough. Despite how responsible your child may be, mistakes can happen. In the case of texting while driving, the mistake can have catastrophic consequences, which should not be underestimated. As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have seen many devastating accidents that have resulted because of distracted driving.
These days, it seems as though there is an app for just about everything. So, it is not surprising that there are apps available for disabling the text and email features on cell phones while driving. These apps have the potential to save lives, and should be considered by parents with a teen driver. Although I am sure there are many such apps available, I have listed below only a couple that I recently came across.
The above-listed apps seem promising, but you should do your own research on the various apps available. Again, I would strongly encourage anyone with a teenage driver in the household to consider a program to disable texting and email while driving.
If you need any further motivation, you can check out the many youtube videos of people sharing their stories of tragedy as a result of an accident caused by texting while driving. The video below was prepared by AT&T, and it provides a compelling reminder of the dangers of texting while driving.
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