Safety Category Archives

Waivers, Legal Consequences and Recreational Sports

snowboarder on the slopes with waiver superimposed

As we enter the final stretch of the winter season, many of us will take to the ski slopes, ice rinks or other recreational venues to enjoy what’s left of it. While having a great time is always the number one goal, it is important to be aware of some of the assumed legal risks involved. The recent decision of Levita v Alan Crew et …

New Laws Passed to Improve Road Safety for Pedestrians

2015 saw 38 pedestrians struck and killed on Toronto streets – the most annual fatalities of this kind in the past five years. The most vulnerable pedestrians – young children and the elderly – account for the majority of these deaths, with over 60% being seniors. According to the Chief Coroner’s Report on Pedestrian Deaths in Ontario, children and seniors are the most vulnerable pedestrians for …

Social Host Liability: How to Avoid the Naughty List and Ensure Guests Arrive Alive

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Picture this: a holiday get-together at a friend’s house. The tree sparkles, beautifully wrapped gifts lay artfully strewn below. The food is delicious, the drinks plentiful, the laughter infectious. Sometime after midnight, an impaired guest drives away and gets into an accident resulting, unfortunately, in catastrophic injuries. When the holidays approach, lawyers often think of three words: social …

Tis the Season for Winter Tires and Ontario Insurers are playing Scrooge with the Discounts

Winter tires are an important part of safe winter driving. The tire rubber is more flexible and contacts cold, icy roads in a way that all season and summer tires simply can’t. Shorter stopping distances and greater vehicle control translate to a lower risk of collision and, accordingly, decreased chance of an insurance claim. In April’s provincial budget, the Ontario government promised to make insurance …

Ontario Passes New Laws for Safer Roads: Can Motorists, Cyclists, and Pedestrians coexist in harmony?

With the beautiful weather now upon us, there is no shortage of summer fun to be enjoyed in communities across the province. Whether it’s taking in the long anticipated Pan Am Games, attending summer festivals or just out for a good time, the reality is that more motorists, cyclists and pedestrians will be out in droves sharing the roads. However, this inevitable coexistence between motorists, …

HOV Lanes: Navigating the Pan Am Traffic Jam

Along with the excitement of the Pan Am Games coming to the GTA comes the dread of the effect that an anticipated 250,000 visitors flooding into the city will have on our daily commute. In response to these concerns, the city will implement changes to the road and transit systems which promise to reduce congestion and improve safety. One of the main changes will be …