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Saying that the Ontario auto insurance system is in crisis, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association recently called on the provincial government to “establish a commission to conduct a public inquiry to examine the current state of independent medical assessments of injured auto accident victims.” In the above video clip, see OTLA President Maia Bent presenting […]

If you are badly injured, you may wish to file a lawsuit with the goal of getting financial compensation for your pain, suffering and other expenses you now have as a result of your injury. The money awards (known as “damages”) available through the courts can be broken up into two main categories: pecuniary and […]

At long last, the province has acted on recommendations in the 2012 Chief Coroner’s Report on Pedestrian Deaths, which analysed the 95 accidental pedestrian deaths that occurred in Ontario in 2010. As of January 1st, a new law requires cars (and cyclists) to come to a complete stop and yield the entire crossover to pedestrians […]

A term that is often heard in the context of auto accidents, insurance, and lawsuits is “catastrophic injury”. As you’d imagine, a catastrophic injury is very serious, but there’s an actual definition in Ontario legislation, found in section 3 (2) of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule – Effective September 1, 2010, which is a regulation […]

Research shows that one of the best ways to increase your safety on the roads during the winter is to install winter tires. Earlier this year, the government of Ontario decreed that insurance companies must pass the savings associated with winter tire use along to customers who use them. Savings for consumers and safety for […]

Did you know that in our province in 2013, more than 4000 pedestrians were injured in road accidents? Tragically, 91 of those pedestrians lost their lives in these accidents. Unfortunately, as long as there are vehicles on the road, there will always be a danger to pedestrians. But is a driver always liable for causing […]

Aside from physical injury, financial worries are often one of the hardest parts of an auto accident to cope with. In Ontario, auto insurance is mandatory, but there are certain situations where the at-fault party’s insurance isn’t sufficient to cover the costs associated with an accident. Here’s a look at three types of drivers that […]

Today, November 18th, is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. It’s a day to remember and honour those who have lost their lives in road accidents, and to acknowledge the loss their families, friends and colleagues have suffered. According to the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), almost 2,800 people die […]

Attending court to testify can be a intimidating prospect. The rules of decorum in a courtroom are likely completely foreign to you and it is natural to be worried about doing or saying the wrong thing. Here are a few key points to remember when attending court. Dressing for court Choose clean and tidy clothing […]

Curious about who works at Van Dyke Law Office? We’ve recently added an “Our Team” page to our website so you can put faces to the names you’ll encounter when getting in touch with our law firm. Take a look to learn more about our team, which includes lawyer Frank Van Dyke, legal assistants Jennifer […]