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Teen driver’s death linked to Takata air bag problems

A teen driver who died a few days after a July car crash near Pittsburgh has been tentatively identified by the government as the eighth death in the U.S. due to an explosive air bag inflator made by auto parts maker Takata, federal transportation officials said Wednesday.

Although yet to be confirmed by the manufacturer, the 8th incident involved a model year 2001 vehicle that spent most of it service life in the high absolute humidity (HAH) region and had been under recall for many years.

Read whole article.

For Takata recalls in Canada, please follow this link:
https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/safevehicles-defectinvestigations-1433.html

Strype Injury Lawyers: Whether the product is a faulty automobile airbag, hairdryer, a child’s toy, tainted meat, artificial hip, or an automobile tire, manufacturers must ensure that products are designed and made safely.

Manufacturers must have quality control systems in place to prevent defective products from entering the market. They also need to provide adequate directions and warning labels to protect consumers.

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Winter Driving Tips

What makes the difference between an ordinary driver and a good one?

•    An ordinary driver reacts to the road situations.
•    A good driver anticipates crises and avoids them.

Winter driving tips: How should you prepare a vehicle for driving under winter conditions?

Driving in winter weather – snow, ice, wet and cold – creates a great challenge for vehicles and drivers. Keeping your vehicle in good technical repair reduces your overall chances for any mishap or disaster while driving – particularly in winter weather. To prepare your vehicle for winter driving give it a complete checkup.

Look for the following:

Electrical system
Battery – recharge or replace if the battery is weak. Also have the charging system checked.
Ignition – check for damaged ignition wires and cracks in the distributor cap.
Lights – check all lights (headlights, side lights, emergency flashers, directional lights, taillights, brake lights and parking lights) for proper functioning.

Brakes
Check brakes and adjust to ensure equal braking.

Tires
The traction between tires and roadway determines how well a vehicle rides, turns and stops, and is crucial for safe driving in winter. Proper tire selection is very important.
Use all-season radial tires only in areas that receive only light snowfall.
Use snow tires in areas that receive heavy snowfall.
Use chains on all four wheels when you expect severe snow and icy roads.
Check with your local Department or Ministry of Transportation office to see if the use of tire chains is legal in the region through which you are planning to drive.
Check tire pressure and if necessary restore it to levels recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. The pressure drops about 1 psi for every 5°C (9°F) drop in temperature.
Do not mix radial tires with other types.
Check tire balance and correct if necessary.
Check wheel alignment and correct if necessary.

Exhaust system
Check the exhaust system for leaks. A properly sealed exhaust system reduces the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Keep the window in your vehicle slightly open when you’re stuck in snow, and run the engine and heater to keep warm.
Keep the exhaust pipe clear of snow. A blocked pipe can force carbon monoxide back into the car interior.

Heating/cooling system
Check the radiator and hoses for leaks.
Ensure that your vehicle always has a sufficient amount of antifreeze rated for the coldest weather.
Check the defrosters (front and back) to make sure they are working efficiently.

Windshield wipers
Ensure that windshield wipers function efficiently. Replace them if they are old or worn.
Fill the washer container with an antifreeze fluid and top it up frequently.

Fuel
Fill up the fuel tank before you leave on your trip.
Do not let the fuel level get too low – the driving time to the next gas station may take much longer than you ever expected, and if you get stuck, the car engine will be your only source of heat.

For more information on this topic, please visit Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety site:
http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/safety_haz/icesnow.html

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High cost of OB/GYN mistakes in Ontario

OB/GYN mistakes, negligence and malpractice: The results can be catastrophic, heartbreaking — and often remain secret.

A Star/Ryerson investigation. Richard Lautens / Toronto Star

“I personally direct more of my anger, blame and bitterness toward the system than I do the individual physician,” says Laura MacGregor, whose son Matthew suffered catastrophic brain injuries during birth.

“There may be more lawsuits in other specialties for smaller amounts, but in obstetrics there are higher (settlements),” he says. “Surviving is significantly more expensive than dying.”

Obstetrics is considered the highest-risk branch of medicine, according to medical insurance figures paid by most physicians in Canada.

The national legal insurance fund for doctors, the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), will charge individual obstetricians (with or without a gynecological practice) $72,456 in premiums in 2016 — an amount far beyond any other specialty. More than 80 per cent of that is subsidized by taxpayers, a recent Star investigation reported.

This year, the CMPA singled out obstetrics — the care of patients during pregnancy and childbirth — as the only medical specialty to receive its own specific education program aimed at improving patient care and reducing costs of litigation and settlements.

“In a baby case, the compensation takes into account an entire lifetime,” says Bell. “In other specialties, we are normally dealing with adults who generally are not neurologically compromised thus requiring less intense care, and the life span is usually considerably shorter.”

Ob/GYN mistakes and birth injury: Negligence on the part of medical professionals that leads to birth injuries has life-changing consequences for infants as well as their families.

At Strype Injury Law, we understand the stress, fear, anger and other emotions you may be going through and look forward to helping you achieve the best possible outcome as you explore your treatment and legal options.

If you have gone through a difficult childbirth experience and your child has suffered injuries that commonly stem from a lack of blood or oxygen flow, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim. Timing Is Important.

Pedestrian fatalities hit 10-year high

Pedestrian fatalities in Toronto hit 10-year high. Elderly pedestrians are taking the brunt of the increase, with 20 seniors killed on the streets of Toronto this year compared with six at this time last year. Pedestrian collisions tend to increase during the winter as daylight hours are shorter and road conditions are worse.

With the rise in fatalities, the issue of pedestrian safety has come to the fore this year. In northwest Toronto, on the day police launched their annual back-to-school road safety campaign, a 14-year-old girl was hit and killed by a dump truck. In Mississauga, a memorial to a 4-year-old boy surrounds a stop sign near his school, where he was run down Nov. 20. The family of a 47-year-old woman is suing the TTC and a bus driver in connection with her death.

This year’s fatality statistic marks a 10-year high, with possibly the worst yet to come as the days shorten.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/12/06/pedestrian_fatalities_in_toronto_hit_10year_high.html

Whether on foot or on a bicycle, if you have suffered injuries as a result of negligent motorists, you could be entitled to government-regulated accident benefits through your own automotive insurance policy as well as other benefits. In some cases, it can be difficult to secure the rehabilitation and compensation you are entitled to. At Strype Injury Law, our Toronto-based bike accident lawyers can help you. Given the stress and uncertainty you’ll likely encounter in the wake of a catastrophic personal injury, we offer free initial consultations to ease any financial burden on you and your family. We’re dedicated to helping you understand your rights and potential remedies—at no charge.

At Strype Injury Lawyers, securing your future is our life’s work. Our goal is to look after you, the client. We do not settle files to appease insurance companies. Our top priority is helping you rebuild your life in the months after suffering a catastrophic injury.

“We help people in real ways to understand what’s happened to them. Then we fight on their behalf for a fair settlement.” Jeffrey Strype

STRYPE Injury Lawyers Support Annual Autism Gala

Erin M. Neal and Jason E. Brown of STRYPE INJURY LAWYERS at the Autism Gala.

A very successful evening with 600+ in attendance!!!

To date TEAM CJ has raised $400,000.00+

www.autismgala.com

Back to School Road Safety Campaign

Back to School Road Safety Campaign Kicks off: Police departments across the Greater Toronto Area are reminding pedestrians and motorists to be vigilant crossing the street and in school zones as thousands of students head back to class this week.

Special attention will be paid to distracted drivers with a new set fine of $490 and three demerit points.

READ MORE:
http://globalnews.ca/news/2207805/road-safety-campaign-kicks-off-as-ontario-students-head-back-to-school/

READ MORE:
Councillor Norm Kelly wants pedestrians to give drivers the finger

We have decades of experience and success trying complex automotive accident cases. Catastrophic automotive accidents can transform a person’s life in a matter of seconds. Our goal is to leverage our experience and expertise to secure the maximum possible settlement needed to fund your post-injury medical and lifestyle needs.

We have access to an extensive network of leading physicians and health specialists to deliver the medical knowledge, information and insights needed to help us secure a successful post-injury settlement on your behalf. Perhaps most importantly, we leverage these experts’ knowledge to help you understand and achieve your new potential in the weeks and months after a devastating automobile accident.

At Strype Injury Lawyers, securing your future is our life’s work. Our goal is to look after you, the client. We do not settle files to appease insurance companies. Our top priority is helping you rebuild your life in the months after suffering a catastrophic injury.

New Ontario Road Safety Rules

New Ontario road safety rules and distracted driving fines come into effect.

TORONTO – New Ontario road safety regulations come into effect Tuesdays and provincial officials are reminding motorists that you can face hefty fines if they are disobeyed.

On Sept. 1, amendments to the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act include increased fines for distracted driving, a requirement to maintain a one-metre distance when passing cyclists and the inclusion of tow trucks in the Slow Down, Move Over law.

The bill also requires that drivers wait until pedestrians completely cross the road at school crossings and at crosswalks with pedestrian-operated crossing lights.

Read more, here:
http://globalnews.ca/news/2185883/police-promote-new-ontario-road-safety-rules-ahead-of-back-to-school/

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Takata Recalls in Canada

Takata airbags: About 1.5 million recalls listed in Canada

Number of recalls grows as manufacturers list cars that need defective airbags replaced

So far 1.95 million cars have been recalled in Canada to replace Takata airbags. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press).

To read full article, click on the link, below.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/takata-airbags-about-1-5-million-recalls-listed-in-canada-1.3091109

For information on car models involved, click on following link.
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/motorvehiclesafety/safevehicles-defectinvestigations-1433.html

Manufacturers must have quality control systems in place to prevent defective products from entering the market. They also need to provide adequate directions and warning labels to protect consumers.

When a dangerous or defective product injures an unwary consumer, one or more of the manufacturer, designer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer will be considered legally liable as long as the consumer was using the product as it was meant to be used when he or she was injured.

Strype Barristers LLP is experienced in helping determine who bears responsibility for product or manufacturing defects or inadequate warnings and information and then pursuing those responsible for the damages that their negligence has caused consumers.

In the light of recent massive auto industry product recalls and resulting lawsuits, Strype Barristers is ready to pursue those responsible for the damages that their negligence has caused you.

Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents Law Firm: Representing Riders

It’s that time of the year again!

Bicycles and motorcycles are back on Toronto streets. Unfortunately, this time of the year shows an increase in serious road accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles.

With the addition of bicycle lanes to its streets, the city of Toronto is promoting the use of bicycles and other forms of alternative transportation. In some cases, this has caused confusion amongst motorists that can lead to serious accidents involving life-changing catastrophic injuries.

Whether on a motorcycle or a bicycle, if you have suffered injuries as a result of negligent motorists, you could be entitled to government-regulated accident benefits through your own automotive insurance policy as well as other benefits.

In some personal injury cases, injury victims find it difficult to obtain rehabilitation and compensation for injuries.

The bike accident trial lawyers at Strype Injury Lawyers can help you get results.

Motorcycle accidents often result in devastating injuries that can end careers and change lives forever.

In addition to accident benefits and disability benefits, you may be entitled to additional benefits if you are not at fault in your accident. You may have a claim against the driver, known as a tort claim, who was responsible for the accident. We will work closely with you, making sure you understand all of the benefits available to you beyond your insurance.

Unfortunately, there can be a perception that bicycle and motorcycle riders are reckless and that accidents and resulting injuries are inevitable. We will make a thorough case on your behalf, striving to clearly absolving you of liability and demonstrate your short term and long-term need for rehabilitation and compensation.