There is a great deal of legislation which is governing the exploitation of motor vehicles as well as the consequences which take place in an eventual accident. We have the Traffic Acts which governs the way you are supposed to behave while taking part in the traffic in the province of Ontario as well as the Insurance Act which is currently in force and regulates the consequences deriving from an accident. It’s safe to say that the legislation is extensive enough and it is designated to cover all hypotheses, even though precedents tend to take place every now and then. However, there is a whole lot of things that have to be considered when talking about motor vehicle accidents that it seems most appropriate to cover the most common reasons for which they tend to occur.
This is likely to be the most universal reason for which accidents happen. However, it’s also the most common because it envelops a lot of other reasons into one sentence. Distracted driving stands for everything that is capable of capturing your attention such as one-hand driving, talking on the phone, smoking a cigarette while driving, not paying attention to the current road condition and their specifications and many more. In any case, the result is always the same – horrible motor vehicle accidents with high mortality rate. This is mainly due to the fact that these accidents tend to happen at really high speed as the drivers are fully conscious and they are confident that they are handling the situation just fine.
Driving Under Influence (DUI)
Drunk driving is also something that’s incredibly dangerous and, unfortunately, common. Driving under the influence is also something which encompasses a lot of other reasons, much like distracted driving. As per the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario almost all kinds of substance abuses are strictly prohibited when it comes to driving. The most common one of them, of course, is alcohol. It impairs the driver’s ability to take proper conduct and almost always results in an accident. Driving under the influence of sedatives and other medication that can impair reflexes is covered under these laws. Usually motor vehicle accidents tend to be on high speed which in turn causes fatal injuries and disabilities.
This is also something quite common on the streets of Ontario. However, this is particularly interesting because it leaves the doors open for a civil lawsuit under the premises of product liability. This is one of the personal injury areas which pose great interest to the practitioners as the cases are often targeted towards major corporations, which ensures wealthy commissions. However, it’s also worth noting that this type of liability is covered by the Contractual and the Civil law of Ontario with provisions being set forth in the Contractual legislation as well as in the Common law statues of the province.