A statistic provided by Transport Canadas National Collision Database shows that there were 2,227 fatalities, and 170,629 total injuries resulting from car crashes across Canada in 2010.
On average, most drivers will not even recognize that they are speeding until it is too late, thus speeding has become one of the biggest problems on our Ontario roadways. In most cases, speeding in excess of the posted speed limit will result in severe damage to the other cars involved in the accident, not to mention increasing the chance of injuring or killing an innocent individual.
At Greg Monforton and Partners, we believe that if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, due to the negligent actions of another individual, that individual must be held accountable for their actions in the court of law and pay for the losses and damages they have caused. These losses and damages may include; loss of wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and property damage.
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What Are the Speeding Ticket Penalties in Ontario?
Here in Ontario, most speeding tickets will result in demerit points added to a persons drivers license. These points are used to track re-occurring traffic offenses and poor drivers. As demerit points add up, an individual will typically experience an increase in insurance rates along with possible licenses suspension and loss of their vehicle.
The point system for speeding in Ontario is as follows:
- 0 to 15 km/hr. over = 0 points with minor infraction and fined $2.50 times km over limit
- 16 to 29 km/hr. over = 3 points with minor infraction and fined $3.75 times km over limit
- 30 to 49 km/hr. over = 4 points with minor infraction and fined $6.00 times km over limit
- 50+ km/hr. over = 6 points with 30 day license suspension and fined $9.75 time km over limit times $1.25
- 50+ km/hr. over while street racing = 6 points with immediate 7 day license suspension and car impoundment with up to two years additional license suspension if convicted and fined between $2,000 to $10,000
The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario established our demerit point system to track driving records. Individuals begin with 0 demerit points and accumulate them as speeding offenses accumulate. These demerit points will remain on a drivers license for two years following the offense date. Ontario drivers can also have demerit points added to their license for violating traffic laws in the state of Michigan and New York, along with other provinces and territories in Canada.
Why Do Drivers Speed in Ontario?
Oftentimes, individuals travel at higher speeds because they are in a hurry to get to their location. However, these individuals are also putting themselves, along with everyone around them at an increased risk of danger. In other instances ignorant individuals may not realize they are exceeding the speed limit, which may be more dangerous than intentionally breaking the speed limit.
Some common reasons for speeding include:
- Ignorant drivers unaware of their speed
- Recklessly speeding to location
- Travelling alone on the road
- Idea that traffic laws do not apply to them
- Passing other vehicles
- Travelling downhill
- Keeping up with traffic
As there are many additional reasons for speeding, these are the most common reasons individuals speed on our Ontario roadways. Unfortunately, these individuals fail to realize the extent of damage that could be caused by these actions, thus these speeding individuals continue to cause accidents throughout Canada every day.
Injuries Caused By Speeding
Studies performed on speeding indicate that speeding fatalities are more common with individuals travelling at higher speeds than lower speeds. This is mostly due to the fact that individuals travelling at higher speeds do not have the time to react to situations, which could be avoided by driving the speed limit. In addition, these accidents are also known to cause major damages and injuries to many innocent victims and themselves.
A few common Ontario speeding injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Dislocated joint injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
- Broken glass injuries
If you believe you have been injured in a car crash, it is advised to seek the immediate attention of a medical professional. These documents can also be used by our lawyers to formulate a case against these negligent individuals in the court of law.
Monitoring Speed on Canadian Roadways
All police officers and law enforcement officials in Canada carry some form of radar to detect the speeds of cars travelling on our Ontario roadways. There are also devices which will capture the speed of a car and suggest an alternate speed limit of safe travel. These devices are all used to make sure people follow the speed limit in order to keep our roadways safe.
A new system developed by Transport Canada utilizes GPS and a speed limit map, along with technology that will cap a vehicles speed once a vehicle begins travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. At this time Canada is looking to implement this feature in the automobiles of known reckless drivers and speeders.
Contact an Experienced Ontario Lawyer
At Greg Monforton and Partners, we believe that when a negligent driver inflicts harm on an innocent victim, the negligent individual must be held accountable for their actions in the court of law. Our Ontario personal injury lawyers seek the maximum compensation for our clients including all losses and damages caused to the victim during the accident. We also work on a contingency basis, meaning, we will not charge for our services unless we obtain a favorable verdict or settlement for our clients.
With our office located in Windsor, we are licensed to serve the entire province of Ontario.
A few locations we serve include:
To obtain additional information about our law firm and how we can help you obtain justice in the court of law, we welcome you to contact us at (866) 320-4770 today. Here a member of our intake team will take information about your accident and quickly connect you with one of our helpful lawyers ready to take your specific case.