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Distracted drivers more likely to cause personal injury

Road safety authorities say distractions cause more fatalities on the road of Ontario and other provinces than alcohol or drug impairment. The numbers of personal injury cases resulting from distracted behaviour show an alarming growth every year. Both drivers and pedestrians often allow themselves to be visually or cognitively distracted on and alongside Canadian roadways.

Although most people think they are good at multitasking, studies have shown that the simultaneous juggling of different tasks causes cognitive impairment, which can temporarily impact a person's IQ by up to 40 per cent. Further findings indicate that distracted behaviour causes drivers to see only half of what they look at while driving or walking. Authorities say this cognitive impairment is caused by overloading the brain with multiple tasks all competing for the attention of the brain.

List of possible crash-related personal injury claims is endless

While car accidents in Ontario can happen throughout the year, the harsh Ontario winters exacerbate the driving hazards. While each crash is unique, some typical personal injury consequences bring about unanticipated financial burdens. Sprains, strains, cuts, scrapes and bruising are some of the most prevalent injury types, and although they cause discomfort for some time, they are seldom life altering. However, sprains and strains caused by whiplash injuries could have long-term consequences, and their symptoms are often delayed, causing victims to decline medical examinations immediately after accidents.

Neck and back injuries are also common and could include anything from minor strains and sprains to severely fractured vertebrae or herniated discs. It could be life-changing if there is damage to the spinal cord and the nerves surrounding it. A severed spinal cord could lead to partial or total paralysis. Victims of such injuries are also at risk of suffering pneumonia, bleeding, blood clots, infections or spinal fluid leaks. Chest impact injuries could cause collapsed lungs and broken ribs, and in cases of extreme force, internal organs can be damaged.

Personal injury: Premises liability lawsuits could be challenging

Anyone in Ontario who is suffering the consequences of a slip-and-fall accident might have questions about damage recovery. If the negligence of a property owner, property manager or occupant in possession caused hazardous conditions that led to the fall, the victim might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Although each person has to take reasonable care to avoid slipping or tripping, the owner or occupier of premises has to ensure that known hazards are addressed to mitigate risks that could lead to injuries.

Property owners are typically responsible for ensuring that any spills or leaks are cleaned immediately, and that wet or slippery areas are clearly marked with warning signs. All walkways must be free of debris and clutter, and carpets and rugs with frayed or curling edges must be removed or secured. Staircases must be well lit, and fused light bulbs or faulty switches must be replaced. Property owners are also responsible for outside areas such as parking lots, sidewalks and walkways that form part of the property.

Personal injury prevention tips for farmers in harvest season

Fall harvest is a busy time of year for farmers. It can also be a dangerous time of year, with a great deal of farm equipment, unpredictable weather and long work hours involved in the season's workload. Here are some things Ontario farmers should consider to avoid personal injury during this important time of year.

Children are often at the highest risk for personal injury on farms. Smaller bodies are often at higher risk of falling from cabs. This is a particular risk if they grab onto a handle for balance when the machine jolts and fall out in the process. For this reason, standing passengers should not be in farm equipment at any time, and buddy seats should be used if someone else is in the cab.

Injured At Work. Now What?

Getting hurt at work can be overwhelming. Not only are you forced to contend with the pain and limitations associated with your injury, you will likely find yourself facing complicated insurance matters. The fear of having your livelihood impacted by the accident doesn’t help either.

For Ontarians, workplace injuries can be devastating, especially when the victim lacks the support they need to get the right help. Regardless of where you work, knowing what to do in the event of an accident is critical.

Safe driving in school zones can prevent personal injury

With the back-to-school season well underway across Ontario, many families have begun the daily ritual of drop offs and pickups. Those who do not have children may still be influenced by the new season, with school buses and increased young pedestrians in school zones. Here are a few tips to help Ontario drivers and parents prevent personal injury in the morning and after school.

When kids walk to school, it is important that parents teach them to use the sidewalk whenever possible. Additionally, they should only cross at intersections. Those who bike to school should follow the rules for this transportation method, including wearing a helmet and walking their bicycle across intersections.

New penalties for careless driving resulting in personal injury

Driving without care for the safety of those in the car and others can have serious consequences. The government of Ontario hopes that strengthening the punishments for those who drive carelessly in the province will help to prevent car accidents causing personal injury and death. Enacted on Sept. 1, the change includes a new careless driving charge and enhanced punishments, including hefty fines and jail time.

Ontario's Transportation Minister shared in a public statement that the new law is designed to send a message to drivers in the province regarding the government's stance on dangerous driving. The new charge is for  drivers who cause bodily harm or death. The Minister suggested that the lack of punishment for these crimes had caused victims' families pain in the past.

Safety in school zones can prevent personal injury to children

As back to school season nears, communities across the country are working to remind drivers about road safety near schools and school buses. Many schools are back in session starting on Sept. 4, making this the perfect time to brush up on pedestrian and bicyclist safety tips. Here are a few of the ways Ontario drivers can avoid personal injury on the roads this September and beyond.

Parents dropping off their kids to school should take precautions when doing so. For example, they should not unload or load children across the street from the school. If stopped at a curb, children should exit the car onto the sidewalk side, rather than the road. Carpools can also be used to reduce the number of cars on the road and therefore the risk present at school.

Dealing with the aftermath of a head injury

A bump on the head is not an uncommon event. Most everyone has stood up too quickly under a cabinet door or knocked into a wall in the dark. In many cases, you may end up with a tender knot on your head or a bruise on your face. When the blow to the head is more violent, there is potential for serious damage.

Concussions are injuries that have made the news recently because research is showing how devastating they can be. More than a headache, a concussion can cause long-term consequences including permanent brain damage. If you suffer a head injury in an accident caused by someone else's negligence or recklessness, you have every right to financial resources to compensate for your losses.

Avoid these common driving mistakes to prevent personal injury

Many drivers do their best to follow the rules of the road, but from time to time they make mistakes. In some cases, the missteps might be due to a lack of understanding or knowledge of Ontario traffic laws. Understanding all regulations and best practices while driving can not only help drivers prevent tickets, but can keep them safe from car accidents causing personal injury or death.

Hazard lights are often misused by Ontario drivers, in part because the province's Highway Traffic Act does not include specifics about when and how they should be used. However, drivers should be aware that the only safe time to turn on hazard lights is when pulled over on the roadside or in an emergency situation. In most cases, they should not be used simply due to bad weather or to signal transporting heavy items.

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