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How can we minimize motorist-cyclist Accidents and Injuries

A cyclist was killed in Caledon after colliding with a car, in the early hours of September 8, 2015. Accidents involving motorists and cyclists are unfortunately a fairly common occurrence in Ontario. A 2006 report by Transport Canada, determined that approximately 7,500 cyclists are injured every year due to collisions with vehicles. Musculoskeletal (i.e. muscles, tendons, joints, etc.) and soft tissue injuries (such as abrasions and lacerations) are the most common injuries for cyclists. However, head and brain injury occur in a significant number of motorist-cyclist accidents (estimates vary from 22 to 47 per cent), and these are responsible for the majority of long-term disabilities or deaths for cyclists.

Contrary to the claim by some motorists that most of these accidents are caused by cyclists’ negligence, an analysis of 2,572 Toronto police reports by the Share The Road Coalition proved this to be untrue. The majority of motorist-cyclist accidents resulted from driver error at an intersection, particularly when motorists fail to come to a complete stop at a red light or when they begin driving before checking that it is safe to do so. Cyclists are also often injured at intersections when drivers turn right just as a cyclist is coming up to the intersection.

Motorists and cyclists alike have an obligation to be careful and exercise smart and responsible behavior while on the road. Ontario’s recent Bill 31, the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, addresses this very issue and has established new rules for both motorists and cyclists.

Motorists are now obliged to keep a one-metre distance between their vehicle and cyclists, whenever it is possible to do so. Failure leave a safe distance carries a $110 fine and 2 demerit points. Drivers will also be fined $365 and receive three demerit points for “dooring”, which means opening the door of a parked vehicle into the path of a cyclist or oncoming traffic.

Studies have shown that about one third of motorist-cyclist collisions occur during nighttime conditions. To reduce this number, cyclists are required to have proper lights, reflective materials and reflectors on their bicycles, at dusk, nighttime and dawn. It is hoped that this requirement will make cyclists more visible to vehicles and consequently, safer when riding late in the evening or during the early hours. Failure by cyclists to adhere to this law now carries a $110 fine, a significant increase from the previous $20 fine.

While the new laws in Bill 31 are significant and positive steps to helping reduce collisions between motorists and cyclists, there is still more that both can do to ensure the safety of all involved. The following are additional safety steps motorists can take to avoid collisions with cyclists, according to the Canadian Automobile Association.

  • Be visible to other road users (why proper lights and reflective materials are so important).
  • Always wear a helmet and safety wear.
  • Make your intentions clear well in advance to other road users.
  • Avoid cycling with headphones on, as they interfere with your ability to hear oncoming vehicles and even a car door being opened on the road ahead.
  • Be on the lookout for any vehicles that are about to turn right or left at upcoming intersections.
  • Be prepared to slow down or stop if a vehicle comes into your lane quickly or unexpectedly.
  • Be on the lookout for individuals in parked vehicles who may open their car door.
  • Drive predictably; do not weave in and out of traffic haphazardly.
  • Try to stick to bike routes and bike paths as much as possible.

Cycling is a very enjoyable and healthy experience for many Canadians. However one wrong turn or wrong step and it can turn into a tragedy. Incidents of collisions between motorists and cyclists are far too common, and inevitably it is the cyclist who experiences the most severe injuries. There are many proactive driving practices that both cyclists and drivers can adopt to realize greater safety for cyclists, and also, to reduce the likelihood that the negligence of either the driver or cyclist will result in catastrophic injuries.

At Kotak Law, we have helped many accident victims through the physically and emotionally stressful time that follows a serious collision. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a motorist-cyclist collision or any other type of motor vehicle accident, then a personal injury attorney has the necessary expertise to evaluate your claim and give you a realistic idea of what you can expect if you decide to make a claim for damages. At Kotak, our experienced personal injury staff work fervently to ensure that our clients receive the settlement and benefits they deserve and are owed. You will find that we are good listeners and can advise you on a strategy that best suits your individual circumstances. Contact our Kotak Law office today for a no-obligation consultation.

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    Rebecca Copland Avatar Rebecca Copland
    September 9, 2023

    I am grateful for the exceptional services provided by Kotak Law and his incredible team. From the moment I reached out to them, I knew I was in capable hands. Throughout my legal journey, Rajiv displayed an unmatched level of professionalism, dedication, and expertise. He not only fought tirelessly for my case but also took the time to ensure I understood every step of the process. His support and strategic approach were truly impressive. I must also give a special mention to Nainesh, whose support was invaluable. They always addressed my queries and concerns, offering reassurance during what could have been an overwhelming time. The entire team's commitment to my well-being and their compassionate approach made a world of difference. They kept me informed, provided regular updates, and worked diligently to secure a favorable outcome. Thanks to Kotak Law and his team. If you're seeking legal representation that goes above and beyond, look no further. I wholeheartedly recommend Kotak Law Firm for their exceptional services. Thank you again for your outstanding work!

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    August 8, 2023

    Just a quick thank you to both Sergey Loganov and Klara Kotanovic for their efforts over the past few months in taking care of my CPP Disability denial and appeal process. Not only did they win the case but the retroactive lump sum owing went back 10 months earlier than what I thought it would and I will be receiving the maximum monthly payment. Dealing with chronic pain from 3 surgeries in the early 2000s on my neck and now finding out I have numerous bulging discs and spinal stenosis in my low back which creates nerve pain and kicking leg syndrome is a lot to deal with medically and it was a load off my mind to have a very competent group of players on my team to deal with CPP. Lowering stress levels and being able to afford to go and have more Bowen therapy on my low back means the world at this point. Pills are something I try to take as little of as possible and I am an advocate of the growing and use of cannabis and products for both stress levels and helping with nerve pain. It also cuts down the cost of expensive pain meds which can become addictive such as opiods. Thank you again everyone for your efforts and calm demeanor in this battle we call life. Two thumbs up.

    Greg Boydell Avatar Greg Boydell
    July 8, 2023
  • I would sincerely like to Thank Kaity Yang for representing me as a client. Kaity was excellent from start to finish. Kaity understood my struggles and fought for my rights. I would and will highly recommend Kaity Yang and Kotak Law. I would also like to Thank Louise Lloyd for all her help and professionalism. Through out the process Louise was also a tremendous help. Thank-You both so much.

    Chris Loughlean Avatar Chris Loughlean
    April 8, 2023

    An excellent experience. We had tried to do it by ourselves, following the insurance company’s rules and they simply kept declining the claim and running out the clock, causing no end of stress. We turned to Kotak Law and Rajiv and his team listened, understood and sympathized. They worked hard, kept communication open and delivered results. They took an overwhelming situation and walked us through…thank you.

    Mike Kirtz Avatar Mike Kirtz
    February 8, 2023

    Rajiv Hate is amazing! I contacted Kotak law after my employer fired me and I was on LTD. However, I did the mistake of going thr Ministry of labor and the severance I received was so low. Not only this but my employer had hired a lawyer and they had drafted the release form- I signed off on it not only releasing my employer but also affiliates etc. My employer was dishonest and last minute made an amendment which I didn’t see and I released the LTD provider as well and the provider was not even there and not part of the discussion. It was such a bad deal to release all my rights for so little money. I didn’t realize all this until after I contacted Kotak and Rajiv looked at my documents. Instead of giving up on me Rajiv went ahead and fought for me. It was a long wait and I thought I had lost and was giving up, but Rajiv kept persevering. He was skilled at the negotiation and when I was tired, he found the right words to speak on my behalf and understood me. My case was won by Rajiv and it takes amazing talent like his to win a lost battle! Hats off to Rajiv and his assistant Stefan Jakovljevic for a job well done and being there for me.

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    November 8, 2022
  • After dealing with my insurance company with no results, I hired Kotak Law to advocate for me. Mr Rajiv Hate did an excellent job of listening to the issues and presenting them on my behalf. Without him, I would not have been able to reach an agreement with the insurer. Would definitely recommend.

    Kevin O Avatar Kevin O
    November 8, 2022

    My experience with Kotak Law Lawyers was simply amazing. Nainesh Kotak represented my case with great care and attention. The level of empathy and comfort provided meant the world to me. I truly felt Mr. Kotak and supporting staff made the difference between a very stressful experience to one that went smoothly with a positive outcome.

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    September 22, 2022

    After dealing with my insurance company with no results, I hired Kotak Law to advocate for me. Mr Rajiv Hate did an excellent job of listening to the issues and presenting them on my behalf. Without him, I would not have been able to reach an agreement with the insurer. Would definitely recommend.

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    August 29, 2022

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