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Alf Kwinter & Jason Singer Recognized in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada

Singer Kwinter is proud to announce that Alf Kwinter and Jason Singer have once again been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of  Best Lawyers® in Canada as leading legal practitioners Alf has been recognized in the areas of Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Negligence. Jason has been recognized in Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Best Lawyers® is considered by many as the "Gold Standard in Selecting a Lawyer". Congratulations to Alf and Jason for their hard work and this prestigious recognition in the Canadian legal community. Alf Kwinter was recognized as [...]

By | 2018-08-21T08:00:03+00:00 August 21st, 2018|alfred kwinter, General, Newsletter|0 Comments

GETTING LEGAL: Ride Safe this Summer

Summer is finally here! With the arrival of warm weather, many find cycling an irresistible form of leisure, exercise and transportation around the city. However, it is extremely important to be mindful of where you ride your bike and the consequences of not obeying the laws. The Highway Traffic Act (HTA), defines a bicycle as a vehicle that operates on the road, which means cyclists must use the roads with motor vehicles instead of the sidewalk. However, riders aged 13 or younger are allowed to ride on the sidewalk. While [...]

By | 2018-06-24T14:50:36+00:00 June 24th, 2018|General|Comments Off on GETTING LEGAL: Ride Safe this Summer

GETTING LEGAL: Children and Cycling in Toronto

Cycling on the roadway, in and of itself, is an activity that brings about a higher risk of serious injury because cyclists are not protected by a car’s exterior like motorists are. Young children are even more vulnerable while riding bicycles on the roadway because they are smaller and harder to see. Therefore, it is critical that parents and guardians review roadway laws and safety measures with their young children regularly to avoid unfortunate accidents and injury. Children must obey the applicable traffic laws anytime they ride on the roadway [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Ontario bill seeks to increase penalties for drivers who injure cyclists

A new bill is seeking to toughen penalties for drivers who injure or kill cyclists, pedestrians, and other vulnerable road users in Ontario. Bill 158, Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act, 2017, is a private member’s bill which was introduced by former MPP Cheri DiNovo. It is intended to penalize drivers who violate Highway Traffic Act rules around driving while using a cell phone, driving while unlicensed, driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless driving, disobeying signs or lights at intersections or pedestrian crossings, proper signalling, sharing the road with other users, safety near emergency vehicles, [...]

By | 2018-05-29T13:37:07+00:00 May 29th, 2018|General|0 Comments

GETTING LEGAL: Brain Injury Awareness and Bike Safety

On our crowded Toronto streets, bicyclists inevitably face a higher risk of being involved in an accident compared to an occupant of a motor vehicle. Add to this increased risk the reality that the object into which the bicyclist impacts is either a 3,000lbs vehicle or unforgiving pavement and the results can be severe and devastating injuries.  While proper bike safety is always important all year around, its importance is especially highlighted in June during Brain Injury Awareness month in Ontario. According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, brain injuries are the [...]

A Refresher on the Rules of the Road

As the days grow warmer and people start riding bicycles more regularly, it is important to refresh our memories on the rules for cyclists travelling on the road. At a minimum, adhering to the rules will help increase the safety of all cyclists. Accidents between cyclists and motor vehicles typically result in serious injuries, especially brain injuries, and are therefore more likely to result in law suits. In such cases, some fault may be attributed to the cyclist if he or she failed to follow the rules of the road, [...]

GETTING LEGAL: Tenants Insurance: How does this relate to biking?

One major difference between homeowners and renters is having insurance. If you have a mortgage, having home insurance is mandatory. There is no choice. If you rent, there is a choice. As a renter, you have a choice to buy what is called “Tenants Insurance”. You should strongly consider buying it for a couple reasons. Your landlord’s insurance policy doesn’t cover your possessions. If there is a fire or a water leak or a theft, your landlord will get insurance funds to pay for the losses to their building. All [...]

By | 2016-06-23T11:28:07+00:00 June 23rd, 2016|Blog, Community Involvement, General, Insurance Claims|0 Comments

GETTING LEGAL: Sharing the Road with E-bikes: What You Need to Know

Sharing the Road with E-bikes:  What You Need to Know Is an e-bike considered a motor vehicle? How does the law define an e-bike? Do I need to carry insurance or other documentation when I drive one? When riding along College Street in Toronto, you may have pondered one of these questions. Whether you own an e-bike or share the road with one, it is important to understand the rules for operating e-bikes and how they are classified under various laws in Ontario. Who is eligible to drive e-bikes and [...]

Cycling Safety for Kids

As summer vacation approaches, it is important to ensure your kids are safe while riding their bikes in the city. Children who are learning to ride their bikes are not always aware of and able to respond to dangers on the road. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has published a number of tips to help your kids bike safely this summer. These include to: Always have your child wear a helmet. A properly fitted helmet can reduce the risk of sustaining a head injury while riding. Helmets are also mandatory for [...]