PERSONAL INJURY BLOG: Car Accidents

Car Accidents: Whether driving on a 400-series highway or a city street, if you have been injured in a car accident in Ontario, you are entitled to government-regulated accident benefits through your insurance company.

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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

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

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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.

Sunny Days Require Careful Driving

Careful driving is required on sunny days. It would seem summer is finally upon us, the weather is nice and the sun stays out much longer. When enjoying extended daylight hours we often don’t stop to think about how the sun can affect us while driving.

AAA has some helpful tips to ensure that drivers are prepared for the sun in order to minimize risks when driving, including:
• Invest in polarized sunglasses;
• Utilize your sun visor;
• Leave more following room; and
• Keep your windshield clean

http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/dangers-of-driving-into-sun/

Enjoy the sunshine and drive safely!

At Strype Injury Lawyers, securing your future is our life’s work. 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.

Texting and Driving

Texting and Driving: New Fines Introduced!

On the heels of a Judicial Order of Justice Annemarie Bonkalo, Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Legislature has re-focused its attention on ensuring public safety on Ontario’s roads and highways.

On March 17, 2014, the Province introduced legislation aimed at reducing motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities by targeting and stiffening penalties for careless motorists and other distracted drivers on their cellphones or other devices.

More specifically, the proposed Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act and supporting amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, seek to make roads and highways safer by:

•    Increasing fines for distracted driving (texting and driving);
•    Assigning 3 demerit points upon conviction of distracted driving;
•    Making a distracted driving conviction a contravention of the licence conditions placed on novice drivers within the Graduated Licencing System;
•    Increasing fines for drivers who “door” cyclists;
•    Increasing the demerit points assigned to drivers who “door” cyclists;
•    Requiring all motorists to maintain a distance of one metre when passing cyclists;
•    Requiring all motorists to yield the whole roadway to pedestrians at school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.

For more information on the proposed legislation, please visit the Province of Ontario website at http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2014/03/keeping-ontarios-road-safe-act.html

Strype Injury Lawyers reminds everyone that it is illegal to text, type, dial or email using hand-held cellular phones or other entertainment devices while operating a motor vehicle.

Please pay attention on the roads and avoid catastrophic accidents and injuries.

Drive safe!