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Feel less protected when driving recently?? You should, and you should explore steps to protect yourself…

There are some very bad apples out there that cause car accidents - people who just do not seem to care and make no apologies for their negligence, despite causing horrible injuries.  But there are also a ton of "good apples" who have a momentary lapse of concentration - ie: a moment of inattention due to a screaming child, or a tired eye.  All of those people need to be aware that the government's recent l ...

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Car Accident Injury Benefits are changing again

While I have been knee-deep in the industry as a personal injury lawyer who frequently deals with car accident injury lawsuits for many years, it seems that the changes that are being made to car accident victims' benefits are almost at a rapid fire pace over the last few years. A new round of benefit changes, effective June 1, 2016 will make further changes to the Standard Auto Insurance policy and the ben ...

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Not wearing your seatbelt can hurt your car accident injury lawsuit too

For one reason or another people sometimes don't wear their seat-belts when they are in a car.  The failure to wear a seat-belt can sometimes affect your claim for car accident injury damages in a lawsuit.  However, sometimes there are legitimate and understandable reasons for not wearing one. Sometimes the evidence in a lawsuit shows that a seat-belt wouldn't have made any difference at all - I had a trial ...

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Car Insurers can monitor your actual driving habits

There is a new device called "Ajusto" that can be installed in your car and allows insurers to monitor your driving behaviour, time spent on the road, times of day that you drive etc.  This is now actually in existence and being used by Desjardins/The Personal car insurance company. Depending on your point of view, it might seem like an excellent way to check the bad driving of some motorists or it can feel ...

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Proposed accident benefits amendment on interest rates for car accident injury victims

On September 30, 2014, Ontario's government proposed a new amendment to the accident benefit regulation that governs the no-fault benefits available to car accident injury victims. The regulation can be found here:  http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=15542&language=en The regulation would further reduce the interest rate payable by insurance companies if they deny a benefit to a car ...

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Bill 15 in Ontario – The good and the bad re: personal injury law

On July 15, 2014, Bill 15 was carried through first reading in Ontario's legislative assembly.  It is not law yet, but the bill appears to have the strong support of the government and so it seems likely that it will eventually be passed.  The bill itself, and its legislative status, can be found at: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=3007&detailPage=bills_detail_statu ...

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Our car accident injury system is broken and it’s time to fix it

Injured people often ask me why they have to ask for benefits from their own car insurance company when they were not at fault for the accident.  My answer as a personal injury lawyer is quite simply that it is the law in Ontario.  Most people find it morally offensive that they have to ask their insurance company to pay – and find it even more offensive that the driver who caused the accident can ask their ...

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Car accident injury trials: why do defendants choose to have cases heard by a jury?

In most lawsuits for personal injury from a car accident the defendant's lawyers will request that the trial be decided by a jury instead of a judge alone.  In most cases the defendant has the right to request that. Why do defendants request a jury in a car accident injury trial?  Some of the possible reasons that i personally believe play a role are: 1.  A jury is not allowed to be told that the defendant ...

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Settlement Reached in Deering Accident Case

In 2004, sisters Shannon and Erica Deering were in a car accident while traveling along Coates Road to Whitby. While driving their vehicle, Shannon believed she saw an oncoming vehicle approaching in their lane, and swerved off the road landing into a rocky culvert after rolling. Both sisters experienced severe injuries to their spinal cords, and the other passengers in the car sustained injuries. Four of t ...

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Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems

It may seem like something from a sci-fi movie but Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems in vehicles could be common place in the next five years. These systems use video cameras, radar and lasers to monitor the speed of your vehicle, how close a driver is to another car, and can warn the driver if the speed is too high, too close to another car, or take action to prevent a collision. Depending on the situat ...

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