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Bill 30: Patching Up Ontario’s Road Efficiency

Ontario’s road system has several issues that have persisted for years. Amongst these problems are inadequate driver education and inefficient accident response management systems.

Bill 30, the Highway Incident Management Act, is a private member’s bill designed to fix problems plaguing Ontario’s roads and highways after the recently passed Bill 15, aimed at reducing insurance rates, failed to do so. Bill 15 was passed with no public consultations or input from consumers.

Inadequate driver knowledge of how to behave in car collisions has contributed to accident clean-up delays and the province’s driver education system is to blame. If the Ontario Legislature passes Bill 30, the government would be required to establish an advisory committee within two months. This committee would report and advise on issues regarding public education programs to improve driver behavior in automobile accidents. Within two months of the committee issuing its advice, the Transportation as well as Community Safety and Correctional Services Ministers would have to publically recommend or decline the recommendations.

The Bill also aims to improve accident response efficiency by establishing a committee of traffic incident management experts that would advise on highway accident detection and clearing issues. The Bill also intends to organize tow truck response arrival to accidents. Currently, the tow truck response system is uncoordinated, causing hazards and road congestion as multiple tow truck drivers race to the scene of the accident, each hoping to be the first to secure the job. With the new system in place, tow trucks would adhere to an organized system that ensures qualified tow truck drivers are retained for specific types of accidents. The government ought to make sure that the two truck drivers do not abuse customers by requesting payments in cash. That has been prohibited by government bill and car owners should consider filing a complaint if their vehicle is not released to them on credit or debit card payment.

Arrive Alive. Don’t Text and Drive

Arrive Alive. Don’t Text and Drive

Many doctors at the hospital emergency departments across Ontario, have a message to the drivers: don’t text and drive, arrive alive.

The road hazard has become increasingly common with the widespread use of smart phones. Our hospitals have seen their fair share of the accidents causes by texting.

Even with new laws that have set fines for this behavior, many drivers have failed to listen and the results are evident in the emergency room. In addition to the safety hazards it poses, texting and driving can invalidate your insurance coverage in the event of an accident, leaving you personally liable for expenses and damages.

Studies have shown that five seconds of texting and driving at highway speeds is the equivalent of driving blindfolded for the distance of a football field.

Some suggestions: have a passenger take a call or send a message on your behalf. If you have the habit of checking your phone frequently, try putting it out of reach while you are in the car. If you need to take an urgent call, pull over. That may mean the difference between driving home or to the emergency room. Don’t text and drive. Be kind to yourself and others on the road.

What types of accidents are eligible for compensation?

There are many types of accidents that can result in compensation. If your accident is someone else’s fault, you would be advised to hire a personal injury lawyer. Once you’ve consulted with a lawyer, you will be able to determine if someone was at fault and should be held responsible for your injuries resulting from the accident.

Question: What types of accident cases does Clarke Law handle?

Clarke Law handles a variety of kinds of accidents on behalf of their clients. These types include car accidents, spinal cord injuries, head and brain injuries, orthopaedic injuries, birth injuries, neurological injuries, chronic pain syndrome, and psychological injuries. Many of these injuries are the results of car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other such incidents. In all of these cases, injuries will manifest physically, and will include medical bills.

Question: Are all accidents treated the same?

Every accident is a unique experience and no two are treated identically. Not only will one type of accident receive different damage awards than another, each specific incident will receive different awards, based on the specifics of the accident. No two cases are exactly alike, although they will be largely based on similar precedents.

Question: What benefits will I be entitled to because of my accident?

You may be entitled to insurance benefits, regardless of who is at fault. If your accident prevents you from returning to work, you may be eligible for income replacement benefits through your car insurance provider. If you do not have a job, are a student, or are the primary caregiver in your home, there are benefits for you, as well. If you require health and medical services that are not covered under OHIP, you may be able to receive coverage over a certain period of time. These services may include chiropractic care, at-home care from a nurse, physiotherapy, prescription medications, and psychological therapy. If you require assistive devices, such as a wheelchair, or an aide, such as a seeing-eye dog, that may be covered as well. If your family has had to support you and that has cost them money, or if you’ve required someone else to maintain your home, there can be compensation for that, too. Of course, there are maximums and limitations on each of these benefits, which your accident lawyer will make you aware of.

Question: I’m not sure if my accident qualifies. What should I do?

If you are not sure if your specific accident will be compensated, contact a personal lawyer anyway. The lawyers at Clarke Law would be happy to meet with you, at no charge, to help you determine if you have a case for either civil litigation, or an insurance claim. They handled multitudes of these cases, will be able to let you know if your accident and injuries warrant action. Let the experts guide you during this difficult and confusing time.