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A rough night for pedestrian accidents in Toronto

Last night in Toronto, there were five separate accidents involving pedestrians in the span of two hours.

One day earlier the Toronto Police launched The Step up and Be Safe campaign which runs from November 3-9. The campaign focuses on pedestrian safety and officers will be on the lookout for drivers, as well as cyclists and pedestrians who commit offences near pedestrian crossing areas, intersections and school zones.

Statistics indicate November typically sees the highest incidence of pedestrian accidents. Daylight savings means it is darker earlier and the weather gets a little more precarious.  Rain and snow make it even more challenging for all on the roads.

Everyone needs to do their part.

Drivers need to take extra caution around intersections and it is more important than ever for them to put down their phones, even when stopped at a traffic light. Take extra caution when turning and slow down.

Pedestrian also need to be extra vigilant. Cross only at lights. Check twice before cross to ensure your path is clear and do not talk or text and walk. Pedestrians can also be responsible for accidents due to distraction.

Stay safe on the roads.

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ECHELON GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY V. ONTARIO (MINISTER OF FINANCE), 2016 ONSC 5019, RELEASED AUGUST 11, 2016

This was an appeal of a preliminary award in which the arbitrator determined that an insurer’s policy had expired prior to the collision in question.  The issue on appeal was whether an improperly cancelled policy remained in force. On May 15, 2010 the claimant, Mr. Farah was struck as a pedestrian.

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