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If you haven’t heard by now, the rules of road are still changing. As of June 21st, Ottawa police began testing the one meter rule that was passed as part of Ontario’s “Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act” back in September of 2015. The act was designed to make roads safer for everyone, especially cyclists. The idea behind the act is that if drivers remember to leave 1 metre between themselves and a cyclists when passing to ensure a safe passing, fewer cycling accidents will occur. Ontario drivers who violate this law can face a $180 fine and receive 2 demerit points.
Will the one-meter reduce the chance of an Ottawa cycling accident ?
This new legislation strives to ensure that all road pass cyclists at a safe distance. The Ottawa Police set out on June 21, with one-metre reading device attached to their bicycle. The device then measures the distance between their bicycle and a passing vehicle to determine if the one-meter space between themselves and a cyclist is present. If the vehicle is passing too closely, the device on the Police bicycle will beep.
Ottawa is one of the first municipalities in all of Canada to be using the one-metre device technology. This comes as no surprise as Ottawa has been working on and developing its cycling culture for some time now. With close to 1.2 million Ontarians riding their bicycles on a daily basis, it’s no wonder cycling safety initiatives are paramount. Sadly, any personal injury lawyer in Ottawa will also tell you, some of the worst cases we see are cycling accidents.
Ontario government and cycling safety
As of late, the government has imposed strict consequences for drivers who fail to proceed safely around cyclists. Ontario drivers now face an increased minimum fine of $365 for “dooring” , which is opening a vehicle’s door and causing a cyclist to crash into the vehicle. The hope is with further developments in cycling safety, our roads will eventually have fewer and fewer cycling accidents. The one-metre rule is likely just the beginning of cycling safety rules to come.
On the flip side, cyclists also have to do their share in keeping safe roads. By law, cyclists can also be fined if it is determined that the laws of the road were not followed and common sense safety precautions were not present. Cyclists also face a fined $110 for missing front lights and back reflectors.
If both drivers and cyclists do their part, we can strive together for safer road conditions for all.
The answer is somewhat complicated for an out of province accident. The truth is a personal injury lawyer should be able to help you no matter what. In most cases you can hire a lawyer in the province that you reside in and are insured with; however, in other cases in order to make a claim in the province where you reside and not where the accident took place, you must be able to prove a connection between the jurisdiction and your claim and this claim must also be deemed fair for the defendant. There are many factors that would help determine whether or not a personal injury lawyer from let’s say Ontario can represent you and file a claim on your behalf. Depending on the severity of your injuries, the courts may recognize that travelling to another jurisdiction may be very difficult for you and allow the claim to be filed in Ontario. Depending on the nature of the accident; were there many witnesses that may need to be called upon. Do they live in another country? Will expert reports need to be created in the country or province where the accident took place? Will the police officers that filed the report need to be called in to testify? How will travelling to another country or province affect them? Are there any rules between the two provinces or countries that differ?
The reality is that the courts take many things into consideration when deciding whether or not Ontario should assume jurisdiction in an out of province accident.
It’s also important to note that regardless where you reside or where the accident occurred, the other party in the accident may still may have insurance coverage that covers accidents in Ontario. If you are unsure , it’s always best to consult with an experience Ontario personal injury lawyer and have them walk you through your options.
If it is determined that it’s not best for you to proceed with a claim in Ontario, a personal injury lawyer can refer you to a lawyer in the jurisdiction where the accident took place and help ensure you are in good hands.
Thank you from our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team…
Our entire Ottawa injury team of lawyers, paralegals, accident benefit specialists and law clerks pride ourselves on the work we do. We work hard to ensure that our clients and their families are receiving the support that they need. This support sometimes as a service, support or compensation. David Hollingsworth was born and raised in Ottawa and has consequently developed a network of top professionals to assist our clients. Whether it be us working with our clients’ physicians, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists or physiatrists, we know that they team approach to every case it what is going to be best for our clients and their families. We don’t like to brag, but we are great at helping people through some of the most difficult times of their life. Our Ottawa injury team is integral in helping our accident clients and their families rebuild their lives following an accident in Ontario. Here are just some of the latest notes we’ve received :
” David is outstanding in his field. He truly understands the needs of those who have suffered a loss as a result of an accident and will do what is in is power to ensure that his clients are receiving the maximum compensation that is available.” D.P.
” Mr. Hollingsworth is a dedicated personal injury lawyer who works hard to ensure his clients and their families are well taken care of in their time of need. He is a compassionate and caring individual who demonstrates these qualities in everything he does.” K.N.
” Because David is a conscientious and dedicated injury lawyer and professional, he not only works hard at his law firm but he also dedicates countless hours as a volunteer for his children’s sport teams.” A.M.
” I feel he has the personal attribute I would appreciate: approachable, courteous, direct, hardworking, focused. I believe he cares about his clients and is fully prepared to represent them. M.K.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers truly appreciate the feedback and kind words from our clients. We strive to improve our clients’ lives and feedback such as his helps ensure we are always working our hardest and doing the very best for our clients.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers and our team thank you.