Distracted Driving: Upping the Ante

A New Bill to Improve Road Safety The catastrophic injuries and devastating losses that can happen from accidents due to impaired driving have become known by most. Responsible drivers do not drink and drive: they call a cab, use public transit or have a designated sober driver. Responsible drivers consider other factors that could also impair their ability to control their motor vehicle, including drugs …

OTLA Proud to Support Proposed Legislation to Make Roads Safer

The Ontario government has announced plans to increase fines for distracted driving, a move that the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association welcomes. OTLA Director of Public Affairs, John Karapita, is pictured in a group above with Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca (center), MPPs Eleanor McMahon, Kathryn McGarry, Mike Colle and Han Dong, along with OSL President Brian Patterson and many more road safety partners, during the …

When it comes to doctor competence, ignorance is not bliss

At the beginning of October, Ontario’s Minister of Health, Dr. Eric Hoskins, did a good thing. He demanded that colleges of all regulated health professions take concrete steps to increase transparency in college processes and decision-making, and to make more information available to the public. The colleges, which include the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (“CPSO”), have until December 1st to report back …

Every Dog Has its Day: Hopefully Not in Court

The joy and happiness of dog ownership has been proven time and time again. However, with dog ownership also comes legal responsibly. After all, dog breeds of all shapes and sizes have the potential to inflict harm, even inadvertently, to people or other animals and the legal consequences must be taken seriously. In Ontario, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act (the “Act”) governs the law in …

Did you know you can be held responsible for an accident without even being in the car?

Many people in Ontario are unaware that they can be held liable for an accident even if they were not in the vehicle at the time. As the owner of a motor vehicle in Ontario, you may be liable for the negligent actions of another person who is in possession of and operates your vehicle. This is called vicarious liability. Section 192 (2) of the …

Driving? Keep a Keen Eye for Wildlife as Seasons Change

The Summer is over, the kids are back at school and the days are getting colder again. Northern Ontario has seen its first cold nights already.  We are moving back to winter temperatures, snow,ice and  salt on the roads. This is the time that larger wildlife like deer and moose venture onto the roads to lick salt off the asphalt.  It is also the time …