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Popularity of UberX Raises Questions: All You Need to Know About UberX Auto Insurance Coverage

The recent popularity of UberX and other ride-sharing apps has raised a number of questions about insurance coverage for Ontario drivers and passengers. UberX is a smartphone app which matches potential passengers to drivers in their area. UberX collects a percentage of the fare charged to a passenger’s credit card through the app and the driver keeps the remainder. Drivers who sign up with UberX are required to have a drivers’ license, a car, and proof of insurance. After signing a contract with the company, they access the app which [...]

Five New Laws Affecting Cyclists and Drivers in Toronto

With four cyclists killed in 2015 already, the City has had extra pressure to revise the laws to better address the dangers of unsafe driving of both two- and four-wheel vehicles. The ongoing battle of the Toronto roads has resulted in some major changes in city legislation that will affect both cyclists and motorists. Below, find five such laws that you need to know for navigating the busy Toronto streets. 1. CYCLISTS MUST GLOW IN THE DARK Effective September 1, 2015, cyclists who do not use the required bicycle lights and reflectors [...]

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Case Summaries – September 4, 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 September 4, 2015 newsletter.  Arunasalam v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance, 2015 ONSC 5235 Released August 20, 2015 | CanLII This Superior Court decision involved a motion brought by a defendant for an order requiring the plaintiff to attend defence orthopaedic and psychiatric examinations. The plaintiff was involved in two motor vehicle accidents in 2006 and 2009. The pleadings and [...]

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Court of Appeal decision on vicarious liability (Highway Traffic Act)

Fernandes v. Araujo, 2015 ONCA 571 The Ontario Court of Appeal just clarified the law with respect to the vicarious liability attributed to motor vehicle owners who by consent allow another to possess their vehicle. The issue in this case surrounded the interpretation of s. 192(2) of the Highway Traffic Act, which states that, a vehicle owner is liable for the negligent behavior of a vehicle’s operator if the operator’s possession has been consented to. The Court of Appeal, recognizing conflict within the case law, reviewed various precedents cited by [...]

Jason Katz and Ari Singer interviewed on Rogers Cable 10 Live in Brampton on August 5th!

Jason Katz and Ari Singer were interviewed by Rogers Cable 10 Live in Brampton on August 5, 2015. The show aired live at 8:00 PM. Jason and Ari responded to important questions regarding the The Highway Traffic Act and it's implications for Ontario drivers.  

Be aware of your liability and obligations while at the cottage – tips on how to have a safe and fun summer.

Ari J. Singer provides insightful tips related to cottage safety in Ontario. To read the full article by kawarthNOW! click here. General Liability The content of this article is of a general nature and does not constitute legal advice. It is not intended to be a full or complete analysis of the topic. Before applying the concepts or any content of this article, consult your legal advisor. Neither the author of this article or Singer Kwinter can accept any responsibility for financial loss nor gain of any nature should the reader not take [...]

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 , [...]

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 [...]

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Case Summaries – June 29, 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 June 29th, 2015 newsletter.    Charlebois v. SSQ, Life Insurance Company  2015 ONSC 2568 Released May 29, 2015 This was an appeal of an order dismissing SSQ's motion to remove plaintiff's counsel in a disability claim against SSQ. The motion was brought by SSQ after it learned that plaintiff's counsel had retained two medical experts who had been consulted by [...]