As speed increases, so does the risk of a car accident
Some people get behind the wheel and drive with no regard for others. In many cases, these drivers are speeders who recklessly exceed the speed limit. According to Tests.ca, last year, 27 percent of traffic fatalities on Canadian roads involved speeding. Unfortunately, reckless drivers are also wreaking havoc in a Toronto neighbourhood, and locals are fearful that it may become a hot spot for serious and fatal car accidents.
At Smitiuch Injury Law, our Toronto car accident lawyers understand the devastation a serious motor vehicle crash can have on someone’s life. We take pride in holding negligent drivers accountable for their actions and know how to fight for the compensation crash victims deserve. If you were injured in an accident in Toronto or anywhere in the GTA, contact us today to review your legal rights and options.
Reckless drivers take over Fairbanks
The Caledonia-Fairbanks area hasn’t always been a hot spot for reckless drivers, but city construction has changed that. Construction on the Eglinton Crosstown light rails and the installation of a new storm sewer are causing some drivers to find the quickest alternative routes, which happens to be through the roads of Fairbanks.
A frustrated father who has lived in the area since 2016 says the speeding on his street has been non-stop, and he’s concerned about safety. There are schools, a nursery, and children playing on the streets, but some drivers choose to go over the speed limit of 40km/hr and put everyone else on the road at risk of injury or death,
“I’ve seen cars driving backward down my street. I’ve seen road rage on my street, I’ve seen screeching tires, fast moving traffic and (the) local councillor’s office and police will do nothing,” the man told CP24.com.
The local area Councillor told CP24.com that they are aware of the concerns and traffic issues and have made their own observations. Unfortunately, to make any sort of changes (such as installing speed bumps), a petition must be written, and a majority must be signed in favor. Law enforcement has tried its best to issue tickets, but there aren’t enough officers to constantly patrol the area.
Penalties for careless driving
On top of speeding, careless driving can also include refusing to yield, excessive lane changing, stopping on a crosswalk, and tailgating. According to Ontario.ca, if convicted of careless driving, the penalties may include the following:
- Fines up to $2,000
- Six demerit points
- Up to six months in jail
- Up to two years of a suspended driver’s license
Talk to a Toronto car accident lawyer if you’ve been injured
Experienced legal representation can often make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. Remember, claims involving reckless drivers can quickly become complicated legal matters. A car accident lawyer can protect your rights and help you pursue the compensation you deserve so that you don’t end up paying out of pocket for your accident-related expenses.
At Smitiuch Injury Law, our legal team has the knowledge and experience to investigate your accident and help you hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions. If you were hurt in a crash in Toronto or anywhere in the GTA because of a careless driver, contact us today for a free consultation. We are ready to hear from you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.