Texting and driving in Canada has become a serious problem, leading to shocking accidents and even more fatalities than driving while impaired. According to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Constable Linda Wolf, distracted driving, such as texting and driving, caused 85 deaths on highways patrolled by the OPP in 2012, more than those caused by drinking and driving.
Texting and driving is illegal in Ontario and throughout Canada, aside from Nunavut. This type of distraction causes a driver to take his or her eyes off the road for several seconds at a time, which can lead to horrific tragedies.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a driver using their cell phone, a texting and driving lawyer at Greg Monforton & Partners may be able to help you recover compensation for the damages you have suffered. A driver who sends or reads text messages while driving is acting negligently behind the wheel, and should be held accountable for any injuries caused by such negligence.
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Ontarios Distracted Driving Laws & Cell Phone Ban
On October 26, 2009, Ontario enacted a ban on hand-held devices that makes it illegal for a driver to talk, text, type, dial or email on any hand-held device. It also made it illegal for drivers to view screens on a media device such as a DVD player or laptop. (Vehicle-related screens are still permitted, including GPS and in-dash information screens.) Drivers who break this law are subject to a $155 fine.
Hands-free devices may be used but must not be interacted with during driving; this means no dialing a number, finding a contact or programming your destination into a GPS device.
Risks of Texting & Driving
According to a study by Virginia Techs Transportation Institute in 2010, those who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash or in a near-crash event than drivers who are not being distracted.
Texting while driving can take your attention off the road in many ways, not to mention slow your reaction time. Some ways cell phone use distracts from driving include:
- Visually your eyes are taken off the road
- Manually your hands are not both on the wheel
- Cognitively your mind is on your phone, not the road
Even when using a hands-free device, your mind can be distracted from the task of driving. According to Alberta Transportation data from 2011, 20 30% of all accidents involve distracted drivers. Considering that a drivers eyes may not even be on the road, such collisions can be extremely severe and lead to a variety of injuries.
Types of Injuries Caused by Texting or Distracted Driving
It only takes three seconds to go half the distance of a football field when driving 60 km per hour, and looking at a cell phone usually tales longer. Cell phone distractions can cause accidents that range anywhere from a fender-bender to a massive multi-car pileup.
Some injuries sustained in texting & driving accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Back trauma
- Head trauma
- Brain damage
These are just some of the injuries that can result from an accident with a distracted driver. If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident caused by a cell phone user, you can contact a texting and driving lawyer at Greg Monforton and Partners for free.
Hurt In A Crash? We Can Help
Getting hurt in an accident that was caused by another driver is troublesome enough; when that driver wasn’t paying full attention to the road and putting safety first, it can be even more frustrating. Drivers who negligently take their eyes and mind off the road should be held accountable when they cause accidents.
Have you or a loved one been in an accident caused by a driver who was texting? A texting and driving lawyer from our firm can help explain your legal options and answer general questions you may have about your potential claim. We are proud to serve the province of Ontario and accept clients from the following areas:
- Thunder Bay
- and cities & towns throughout Canada
Call us today for your free case evaluation at (866) 320-4770.