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Toronto Metro News - Legal Matters

Oct 15, 2014



Interview with: Brian Cameron, Personal Injury Alliance Lawyer
Published in: The Toronto Metro Newspaper October 15, 2014 issue

Q How serious are the risks of distracted driving?
A Very serious. A momentary distraction — texting, calling someone on your cell — can cause a death or serious injury to someone else. Ministry of Transportation stats show that a driver using a cellphone is four times more likely to be in a crash than a driver focused on the road.

Q What are the legal implications of distracted driving?
A All distracted drivers are at fault if they cause an accident and injure or kill someone. The driver will be sued, receive a fine for dangerous driving, and may end up in jail. Their car insurance rates will go up as well.

Q If you have been injured by a distracted driver, what can you do?
A A person who is injured can sue the driver — the compensation will depend on the extent of the injuries and the expertise of the lawyer. The legal process for these cases is very complex and a qualified personal injury lawyer is key. To find a qualified lawyer, look beyond the billboard ads. Get references, find out about years of experience, and ask the lawyer about the last case they actually tried and how it was resolved. The lawyer should be certified by the law society, be recognized in legitimate peer reviews, and have a track record in personal injury law. The law firm, like all of the firms of the Personal Injury Alliance, should have a proven history of handling complex personal injury cases.

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