Can you trust the name you know?

Many of you may have read the recent Toronto Star expose on personal injury firm Diamond and Diamond.

https://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/2016/12/03/diamond-diamond-under-fire.html?campaign_id=A100

While we do not know the truth, and cannot comment on it, these allegations about Diamond and Diamond are not new, and have been circulating through the personal injury world for many years. If they are accurate, then it is about time that the public is informed of them, and Strype Injury Law encourages the Law Society to take a serious look into these allegations. These sorts of alleged actions harm the integrity and reputation of our profession.

We sincerely hope that the allegations against Diamond and Diamond are untrue. But, even more so, we hope that these allegations do not affect the manner in which the public views our profession. It would not be right for all of the personal injury firms who practice law the right way to be tarnished by those who do not. There are many ethical and skilled plaintiff lawyers in Ontario, and we at Strype Injury Law work very hard to earn our place in that group.

At Strype Injury Law, we aim to practice law the right way. We aim to advocate for our clients’ rights. We are one of the most active personal injury firms in Canada when it comes to conducting trials of personal injury cases, with two of our partners being endorsed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as Certified Specialists in Civil Litigation. We have never accepted referrals from Diamond and Diamond, and do not refer out files that are within our areas of expertise.

You can rest assured that Strype Injury Law will continue to advocate for our clients, as well as advocating to maintain our profession’s high standards and reputation.

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It’s safer to back into parking spaces

Road safety: It’s safer to back into parking spaces. Why most don’t drivers do it?

(Excerpts from an article by Ben Yagoda)

There are several theories, but little evidence, as to why Americans don’t often back in. How technology can help us back in: There is hope for people with bad spatial skills: rear-view cameras.

Backed in cars on a parking: road safety

Backed in cars on the University of Delaware campus

Every year, some 300 people are killed and 18,000 are injured by drivers who are backing up, usually in driveways or parking lots. There’s a simple way to prevent a lot of these accidents: We could back into parking space so that we don’t have to back out.

In a parking lot, the AAA thinks we should back in, recommending that “drivers reverse into parking spaces whenever possible, except where prohibited by law or parking lot restrictions.”

And yet most of drivers don’t do this.

In “Predicting productivity gains from parking behavior,” a 2014 article published in the International Journal of Emerging Markets, author Shaomin Li, a professor of management at Old Dominion University, describes visiting Taiwan. He notices that, in contrast to the US, most drivers there backed into spaces: “Needless to say, back-in parking takes more time and effort than head-in parking. Yet, it is easier, quicker, and safer when exiting. Thus we may conjecture that people take the trouble to back in demonstrate the ability to delay gratification; they want to invest more time and effort now so they can enjoy the fruits of their labor later. They demonstrate a culture of long-term orientation.”

Li took photographs of how cars were parked in US and Taiwan lots, and had friends do the same in the so-called BRIC countries—Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

The percent backed-in was:
US: 5.7
Brazil: 17.1
India: 25.4
Russia: 35
Taiwan: 59.4
China: 88

Read this interesting and informative article by Ben Yagoda, professor of journalism at the University of Delaware and the author, most recently, of The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song.

If you or a loved one has endured a catastrophic injury, contact Strype Injury Lawyers team now to book your free initial consultation.

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Video game injuries: Pokémon Go and Pedestrian Safety

Historically, when individuals think about video game injuries they may be thinking of carpal tunnel syndrome, eye strain or possible fatigue, as gamers play for hours on end in the comfort of their own homes. However, with the recent launch of Pokémon Go into Canada, gamers, pedestrians and motorists alike, need to be aware of the increased caution that is needed on roadways as more people immerse themselves in the virtual world, while physically walking around in the real world.

Pokémon Go was released in Canada on July 17, 2016 and is a free-to-play, location based, augmented reality game developed by Niantic for IOS and Android devices. In the game, players use the smart device’s GPS and camera to capture, battle, and train one of the 151 virtual creatures, called Pokémon, that appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. As players travel around the real world, their avatar moves along with them on the game’s map. Players must physically travel to explore the game’s map, capture Pokémon, visit PokéStops to collect needed resources for your Pokémon trainer, or gyms, to battle other players and test their skills.

Sensor Tower, a group that analyzes mobile apps earlier estimated that the game is the fastest ever to reach 50 million global downloads across iOS and Android devices and now estimates that the game has crossed the 75 million download milestone earlier this week.

The share price of Nintendo Co., Ltd rose dramatically after the initial launch on July 6th, 2016, from $17.63 to an intra-day 52-week high on July 18th, 2016 at $38.25. The share price has since fallen back to about $29 on the date this article was written. Nintendo now sits at a market capitalization of around $36.74 Billion.

Within Toronto, pedestrian and road safety is an upmost concern for motorists and residents of the city. As of July 14, 2016, total pedestrian and cyclist deaths within Toronto for this year have reached 23. With the addition of games such as Pokémon Go, gamers, pedestrians and motorists should take extra care, to avoid contributing further to this rise in deaths.

For Gamers

1. Remember to be alert at all times, be aware of your surroundings. This is also the splash screen message within Pokémon Go as the app opens, which can be applied to both awareness to capture Pokémon and player’s safety as they travel around the real world.

2. Common sense. There have already been numerous reports of accidents related to video game injuries – players playing Pokémon Go – as people walk into revolving doors, trees, or not being fully aware when crossing a street, leading to personal injuries.

3. Avoid Trespassing and show respect. In the quest for Pokémon, players have also been trespassing into restricted areas or places where they could be hurt, or hurt by others present at these locations. Some of these places include, courtrooms, hospitals, and residential homes. Players should avoid trespassing into these areas, and allow clients, patients and homeowners their privacy.

For Pedestrians

1. Awareness of others. If you are not playing Pokémon Go, be aware that others might be or are being simply distracted in some other way. This may result in pedestrians, abruptly stopping on the sidewalk, road, or while crossing a street.

2. Any handheld device. When using any handheld device be aware when stepping away from curbs and on to the street as these devices may lead to distraction. As the saying goes, “look both ways before crossing the street”.

For Motorists

1. Avoid playing Pokémon Go while driving. This may seem like common sense. However, there have already been accidents related to players driving while trying to capture a Pokémon. Avoiding playing while driving will improve the overall road safety for yourself and others.

2. Awareness of others. Be aware that in high-density pedestrian areas some people may make unexpected movements or not be fully aware of the real-world dangers that are present as they walk into the street or into a parking lot.

While the weather is nice this summer, more and more people will be out trying to catch them all. Remember when playing Pokémon Go, be respectful, be aware of your surroundings and be safe! As the saying goes, “the life you save may be your own”.

Links to Other Articles
For more information on Pokémon Go, see the links below:

https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/11/pokemon-go-adds-9b-to-nintendos-value-global-rollout-continues-this-week/

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/pokemon-go-estimated-to-have-been-downloaded-75-mi/1100-6442180/

For more information on pedestrian and cyclist deaths within Toronto, see the link below:

http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2016/02/04/pedestrian-and-cyclist-fatalities-in-toronto-2016.html

Feel free to contact  Strype Injury Lawyers and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding issues arising from this new wave of entertainment and possible video game injuries.

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Self-Driving Car Accident: First Driver Death

Authorities investigate first driver death in self-driving car accident. A fatal collision involving a self-driving car has been recorded in Florida.

“WASHINGTON — The first American death involving a car in self-driving mode presents a dilemma: How aggressively to embrace the potentially life-saving technology after a fatal crash.”

The driver, Joshua D. Brown, a 40-year-old technology company owner from Canton, Ohio, was so enamored of his sedan that he nicknamed it “Tessy” and praised the Autopilot’s safety benefits. Brown published videos on Youtube of himself behind the wheel with the system active.

He was killed May 7 in Williston, Florida, when his car’s cameras failed to distinguish the white side of a turning tractor-trailer from a brightly lit sky and didn’t automatically activate the brakes, according to statements by the government and the automaker. Brown didn’t take control and brake, either.

Read the full article here:
http://www.nola.com/traffic/index.ssf/2016/07/driver_killed_in_self-driving.html

Wrongful death claims occur when someone is killed as a result of the negligence of others. Strype Injury Law works to obtain compensation to ease the financial burden resulting from the loss of a loved one.

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Fatal Crashes: 5 Driving Behaviours

Fatal Crashes: 5 driving behaviour factors

  1. Driver inattention
  2. Failing to obey signs and signals
  3. Driving too fast for conditions or driving above speed limit
  4. Failing to stay in your lane
  5. A manoeuvre by a car near a truck is very dangerous and is not the same as car on car.

TIPS:

Do not change lanes last minute, never cut in front of a truck.
Slow down and let the truck have the right of way.

The size of a large truck puts car occupants at risk of being killed in a crash.

“More than 320 people have died due to truck collisions in Ontario in the last five years, and the OPP say few of them were truck drivers. Between 2011 and 2015, there were 27,000 collisions involving transport trucks on roads patrolled by the OPP. 260 of those crashes resulted in fatalities, with a total of 321 people losing their lives. Only 40 of those deaths were the drivers of the large trucks; the remainder being drivers or passengers of the other vehicles involved.”

http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/over-300-transport-truck-related-deaths-prompt-opp-initiative-1.2947085

We have decades of experience and success trying complex automotive accident cases, including fatal crashes. 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.

Our firm is committed to a single goal: helping clients achieve their full post-injury potential. We do it by litigating for as long as it takes to secure the maximum possible settlement needed to fund your ongoing medical and lifestyle needs.

That process can take months or even years because most insurers won’t settle a claim without a fight. In fact, they rate lawyers and know which firms will work to secure a reasonable settlement or take the case to trial—as well as those who will simply settle for a lesser amount. We have the financial capacity to go the distance on your behalf.

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New rules at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings

“A new law in Ontario which came into effect Jan. 1, 2016 indicates drivers must remain stopped at a pedestrian crossovers or school crossings until the person crossing the street and the school crossing guard are off the roadway.”

Read whole article, here:
http://globalnews.ca/news/2431309/new-rules-at-pedestrian-crossovers-and-school-crossings-in-ontario/

A number of Ontario cities are beginning to install new crossovers this month.

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Boating Accidents

Despite much more stringent licensing requirements in recent years, recreational vehicles such as boats are still involved in many boating accidents every year that result in catastrophic injuries and deaths.

Police urge safety on Ontario waterways amid an increase in boating deaths

Provincial police say three times as many people have died in boating accidents on Ontario waterways this year compared to the same time in 2015.

The OPP says eight people have died in six separate incidents so far in 2016.

The primary source of compensation in many boat accidents are accident benefits from a homeowner’s insurance policy. However, you may also have a claim against the driver who was responsible for the accident. This is known as a tort claim.

Learn more about tort law and accident benefits. 

Whether the most appropriate course of action is seeking accident benefits, pursuing a tort claim, or seeking a third-party claim against the manufacturer of a recreational vehicle, our lawyers have the skills, knowledge, and resources to seek the maximum rehabilitation and compensation on your behalf.

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Structure Collapse Accidents

Structure Collapse Accidents in the News: building, scaffolding, roof, stage, balcony railing, falling glass, …

When structures are not built to code or properly maintained, they can collapse resulting in serious injuries and even death.

A building collapse, recently, in midtown Toronto has sent six people and one infant to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The façade of the building toppled onto Eglinton Avenue West during demolition work related to the Crosstown light-rail transit (LRT) project.

Here are some examples of structural collapse accidents to be found in news reports:

…”On June 23, 2012, part of the upper parking structure of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake Ontario collapsed causing, as alleged in the Plaintiffs’ claim, personal injury and property damage.”

…”Construction project manager Vadim Kazenelson has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for his role in a scaffolding collapse at a Toronto apartment building that left four workers dead on Christmas Eve 2009.”

… “The collapse at Downsview Park crushed one of Radiohead’s technicians to death and injured three others with the band. This isn’t the first time an outdoor stage at a Canadian concert has collapsed, sometimes with fatal consequences. Several people were hurt last July when the stage at Ottawa’s Bluesfest collapsed as Cheap Trick playing. In 2009, the main stage collapsed at Alberta’s Big Valley Jamboree, near Camrose, killing one woman and injured several others.”

If you or a loved one is suffering due to an injury sustained in structure collapse accidents, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Strype Injury Lawyers can help. We represent people and families who have suffered catastrophic injuries or wrongful death due to the negligence of others.

STRYPE is committed to diligently supporting and advocating for our clients, maintaining strong communication and helping you cope with dignity and compassion during an undeniably challenging period. Rest assured, your future is in good hands.

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Spring Is Here: It’s motorcycle season!

The motorcycles are out of storage and back on Toronto streets.

All participants in the traffic should be aware of the motorcycle riders who are back on the road. Unfortunately, this time of the year shows an increase in serious road accidents involving bicycles and motorcycles.

Ontario Provincial Police says spring sunshine often brings a spike in motorcycle collisions.

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. Strype Injury Lawyers can help you get your benefits.

After an accident, you will need to file a report and request motorcycle accident benefits within 30 days of the accident. If you are a family member of an accident victim who is still hospitalized, it is important to talk to one of our Toronto car accident lawyers as soon as possible in order to meet important deadlines.

In some personal injury cases, injury victims find it difficult to obtain rehabilitation and compensation for injuries. The trial lawyers at Strype Barristers LLP can help you get results. Motorcycle accidents often result in devastating injuries that can end careers and change lives forever.
We will work with our trusted medical team and the insurance companies to make sure you receive the treatment you need for serious injuries such as:

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.

To learn more about your rights after a bicycle or motorcycle accident, contact us for a free initial consultation with a Strype Injury Lawyer.

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Toronto cops won’t attend minor car crashes

Minor car crashes will no longer be investigated.

TORONTO – Unable to keep up with the ever-increasing number of fender-benders in the city, cops have decided minor car crashes will no longer be investigated.

Toronto Police say the new hands-off approach to minor collisions will be implemented starting next week.

“We’ve decreased the type of calls we’re going to respond to because of the rise in total number of collisions in recent years,” Const. Clint Stibbe, of Traffic Services, said Tuesday. “The current model is no longer sustainable.”

In 2015, cops responded to nearly 64,000 collisions — an increase of more than 6,000 crashes from two years earlier.

And Stibbe said about 70% of all crashes are minor.

As of next Tuesday, Stibbe said motorists involved in collisions where the combined damage is under $2,000 no longer need to notify police or a collision reporting centre.

Read whole article by , Toronto Sun here:
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/03/22/toronto-cops-wont-attend-minor-crashes