As Deadly as Impaired Driving
The statistics are sobering: in Ontario and most of Canada, distracted driving is the #1 factor in road deaths, exceeding accidents involving drugs and alcohol, speed and seatbelt usage. Although awareness is increasing (along with penalties), there is no doubt that distracted driving is the most dangerous threat on Ontario roads.
Whether a driver is texting, making a phone call, adjusting climate controls or a GPS unit, eating or being distracted by passengers, the effect is the same. Inattention to other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, road conditions and general surroundings can cause serious accidents in the blink of an eye.
Civil Action Can Be A Powerful Tool
If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver, the police will likely issue a traffic ticket; criminal charges are less frequent. However, an injured person also has the right to pursue civil action against a driver. Civil lawsuits are a powerful way to hold a distracted driver responsible for injury or death caused by their irresponsible actions.
Van Dyke Law Office is a strong advocate for individuals and families affected by distracted driving. Contact us to discuss your case and the compensation you deserve.