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Jason Katz quoted in Canadian Business – “Insurance could be the biggest roadblock for autonomous cars”

Jason Katz was interviewed in the July 23, 2015 Canadian Business  article entitled, “Insurance could be the biggest roadblock for autonomous cars”. Jason speaks to liability and smart cars on today's roads. “Even if the vehicle is doing the majority of the driving, if the human has to step in to prevent an accident and stay focused on the road, then it’ll be the driver who is responsible...Until every car on the road is completely self-driving the human factor would still have to be a part of it and the buck stops [...]

Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act…What does it mean to drivers?

The Ontario Government thought that a fine of $300.00 would get drivers to put their phones down. They thought the vinegar would be better than honey. They thought it was sour enough. They were wrong and they misjudged how attached we all are to our phones. Distracted driving is not a joke when it comes to safety and the provincial government is going to make sure that drivers wake up. In the “Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act” (which ironically reduces benefits for people injured in car accidents), the  https://www.myexcellentwriting.com/ , [...]

Legal Rights for Cyclists – Biking Toronto Article by Shane Katz

When heading out to cycle on municipal roads it is important to know your legal rights should you be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.  An injured cyclist has the same legal rights to compensation as an injured pedestrian, passenger and/or driver of a motor vehicle. If you suffer an injury in an accident with a motor vehicle while cycling, the police must be called to the scene.  The investigating police officer will investigate the accident by inspecting the scene and interviewing witnesses and the parties involved.  The [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Rules to Promote Safety on Trails

As the days grow warmer and the weather gets nicer, more and more people are heading out to the various beautiful trails we have in Toronto. Some people prefer to stroll, others prefer to cycle. However, both activities typically occur on the same pathway of the trail. Biking accidents between pedestrians and cyclists can result in significant injuries because our bodies are more exposed, and pedestrians are not typically wearing helmets. Cyclists need to obey the speed limit posted on the trails, which are typically around 15 to 20 km/hr. Additional precautions should be [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Ontario Cyclists Affected by Changes to the Highway Traffic Act

Ontario recently passed a number of changes to the Highway Traffic Act through Bill 31, Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario’s Roads Safer), 2015. Cyclists will be affected by these changes including the provisions which: Require drivers to maintain a minimum distance of one-metre when passing cyclists Increase fines for “dooring” cyclists Allow cyclists to use the paved shoulders of non-400 series highways Allow the use of flashing red lights on the rear of bicycles Allow bike lanes on one-way streets to run in the opposite direction from regular [...]

Biking and Brain Injury Awareness Month 2015

The release of the 2015 Ontario Budget by the Liberals seeks a dramatic and unprecedented cut in auto insurance coverage for residents of Ontario. Most of the media reporting and politicking on the past 18 months has focused on a 15 percent rate cut for drivers. The rate cuts are now being leveraged as a reason for cutting benefits by far more than that 15 percent. And worse, the benefits to be cut are those for the injured accident victims who need it most, those who are paralyzed or have [...]

Singer Kwinter Named to Canadian Lawyer Top 10 List for 2015-2016!

THANKS AGAIN! Named by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as a Top Personal Injury Boutique Law Firm in Canada in both 2011-2012 and 2013-2014, we are proud that our dedication to helping individuals and their families rebuild their lives has once again earned us a position on the 2015-2016 Top 10 List. We are honoured to be a Top 10 Law Firm in Canada and thank you for your continued trust and recognition  as a national leader in personal injury law. One voter commented, “I have known Singer Kwinter since its inception. [...]

A Sad Day for Ontario Drivers

The release of the 2015 Ontario Budget by the Liberals seeks a dramatic and unprecedented cut in auto insurance coverage for Ontario drivers. Most of the media reporting and politicking on the past 18 months has focused on a 15% rate cut for drivers. The rate cuts are now being leveraged as a reason for cutting benefits by far more than that 15%. And worse, the benefits to be cut are those for the injured accident victims who need it most, those who are paralyzed or have traumatic brain injuries. [...]

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Case Summaries – April 20, 2015

Singer Kwinter’s Veronica Marson highlights important facts and outcomes in the Ontario Courts. Click here to read more about these important cases.   Case Summaries  Case summaries originally distributed in OTLA April 20th, 2015 newsletter.  Lingard v. Milne-McIsaac, 2015 ONCA 213 Released March 31, 2015 This case from the Court of Appeal involved a plaintiff who was rear-ended by an uninsured vehicle on October 28, 2008. The motor vehicle accident report listed the owner and driver of the defendant motor vehicle as well as the name of the insurer for same. [...]