PERSONAL INJURY BLOG: Road Safety

Serious Accidents: Toronto Accident Law Firm

Road safety: Catastrophic automotive accidents can transform a person’s life in a matter of seconds.

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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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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

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Driverless Cars: 2 Interesting Articles

Driverless Cars: Poll Finds Canadians Almost Evenly Split On Issue

This driverless Mercedes concept car was spotted on the streets of California in 2015. (Photo: Daimler AG)

If there was still any doubt that driverless cars are happening, the news coming out of the world’s automakers this week ought to put it to rest.
Kanetix commissioned a poll to find out whether Canadians are ready to give up driving and jump into the driverless car world. The poll found Canadians are about as undecided on the issue, collectively, as you can be on any issue.

Read more about it in this Huffington Post article:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/09/driverless-car-poll-canada_n_8940228.html

Here’s a quote from another interesting article on the subject of driverless cars and related ethical questions:

“The year is 2035. The world’s population is 9 billion. The polar ice caps have totally melted and Saudi Arabia has run out of oil. Will Smith is battling murderous robots. Matt Damon is stranded on Mars. Dippin’ Dots is finally the ice cream of the present.

You’re humming along in your self-driving car, chatting on your iPhone 37 while the machine navigates on its own. Then a swarm of people appears in the street, right in the path of the oncoming vehicle.

There’s a calculation to be made — avoid the crowd and crash the owner, or stay on track and take many lives — and no one is at the wheel to make it. Except, of course, the car itself.”

Read the whole article, here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/01/09/driverless-car-poll-canada_n_8940228.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 Injury Lawyers 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.

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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

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.