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Steering clear of Ontario’s seasonal vehicle dangers

With the coldest seasons behind us for now, people across Ontario are spending more time outside. Schools close their doors for vacation, families plan outings and the spirit of adventure takes over.

However, this time of year is not without its risks. Along with the sun and warmth comes a serious risk of tragic accidents involving various modes of transportation.

Vehicles for fatal accidents

Even in nice weather, there are risks of accidents on our roads and highways. In fact, some types of crashes are more likely to occur when the temperatures rise and the streets are clear and dry. For instance, accidents involving these vehicles can be particularly problematic during spring and summer:

  • Boats: Waterways become crowded, and inexperienced operators may increase mishaps.
  • Cars: Car and truck accidents can skyrocket during the summer due to factors like surges in vacation traffic and having more teen drivers out of school and on the road.
  • Motorcycles: Clear skies draw riders out, but they are vulnerable on the road.
  • Recreational Vehicles (RVs): More families on road trips mean more RVs. Inexperienced operators and reckless motorists sharing the roads with RVs can be highly dangerous.
  • Bicycles: Cyclists share the roads with heavier traffic, which can sometimes lead to unfortunate encounters.
  • All-terrain vehicles: ATVs may not be on our roads, but they can still be involved in catastrophic crashes – particularly among young riders.

Each of these vehicles carries its own set of risks, made more acute by the increased seasonal activity. As Ontarians take to roads and waters, practicing safety and being mindful of our shared spaces is crucial.

Understanding the options after a wrongful death

Even when people take proper precautions, fatal accidents can and do still occur due to the negligent actions of others.

In Ontario, the law provides a recourse for the families of such victims through wrongful death lawsuits. These legal actions can be pursued when a fatality is caused by the misconduct or negligence of another party, whether it’s a distracted driver, an intoxicated boater or an untrained vehicle operator.

Understanding these legal rights is essential for those affected, as it offers a pathway to financial compensation and justice.