This past March, Ontario implemented a new law in hopes of deterring drivers from being distracted by their cell phone devices while behind the wheel of a car. Under this new legislation, judges in Ontario now have the ability to charge those distracted driving between $300 and $1,000 and assign three demerit points.
According to the OPP, distracted driving is a significant reason for accidents and deaths on the road. As a personal injury lawyer, we see cases of personal injury due to distracted driving frequently.
It’s important to remember that distracted driving includes more than just using your cell phone. Under this legislation not only can those caught with using their cell phone while behind the wheel be fined with distracted driving, but other forms of distractions can result in hefty charges as well (i.e., using a tablet, eating).
It’s no surprise that increased technology use, especially while driving, has resulted in an increase in the number of accidents. This is why the provinces across the country have started making efforts to eliminate the use of technology while behind the wheel.
Though these new legislations are aimed at decreasing the amount accidents happening, it shouldn’t take new laws to keep you away from being distracted on the road.
While driving, you’re only focus should be on the road. If you’re distracted by any means, you’re not only at risk of being fined but you’re also putting yourself and those around you at a higher risk of being involved in an accident. If you injure another person in your vehicle or outside of it you could be at risk of being charged and penalized severely.
A recent study examined the risks of distracted driving and determined that a driver who is distracted is 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Though Ontario and other provinces are cracking down on this risky behaviour by applying harsher laws and fines, the real deterrent should be the fact that if you’re distracted behind the wheel you can seriously injure or kill another person or yourself. These dire consequences can affect those who are completely innocent in your car, in another car, on a motorcycle, walking, or cycling.
If you have been injured due to a distracted driver accident, you may be entitled to benefits and compensation. Many people are unaware of their rights as a victim of distracted driving, which is why it’s critical that you speak with an accident lawyer. They will be able to work with you and navigate your situation specifically to get you the compensation you deserve.
The costs of distracted driving are steep for drivers and victims. If the new legislations and fines set in place in Ontario aren’t reason enough to eliminate your distractions while behind the wheel, the risk of injuring or killing someone should be.
To speak with Steven Polak or a member of the accident lawyer team, contact us today at www.personalinjurylawlawyer.ca.