Whatever Happended to Vision Zero?

cyclist riding alongside Toronto streetcar Seventeen pedestrians were injured in separate incidents in the Toronto area on a rainy night in early November of 2018. After two years of press conferences, millions in infrastructure improvements, and repeated promises by the city of Toronto, pedestrian safety still goes out the window every time mother nature has a bad day. Vision Zero … Continued

Hosting a party? Read this first!

social host liability With the holiday party season in full swing, the Ontario Court of Appeal has released a decision which revisits social host liability. A “social host” could be an employer hosting a holiday party for staff or individual planning an event for family and friends. Either way, as a host, you have a responsibility to ensure … Continued

Yonge St. Van Attack Lawsuits Face Hurdles with Insurance Claims

The Star | by Alyshah Hasham, quoting Darcy Merkur | December 3, 2018

Star.com thumbnail If a drunk driver veered onto a sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 16, his auto insurance policy would typically pay damages awarded to the injured parties in a lawsuit. But if the driver was found to have driven into the pedestrians intentionally — as Alek Minassian is alleged to have done with a rented van in … Continued

The Case for Winter Tires

car with winter tires Nearly one-quarter of Canadian motorists do not use winter tires and continue to use the all-season tires that came with their vehicle throughout the year. As lawyers who specialize in helping people recover from the aftermath of catastrophic collisions, we wish all drivers would understand the life-saving benefits of winter tires. Why Do Some Canadian … Continued

Preparing to Give Evidence at Trial

Presented at the Toronto ABI Network Conference | November 15, 2018

Robert Ben, personal injury lawyer Many personal injury victims have legal claims for compensation. When those claims go to trial, the outcome often turns on the oral testimony of treating health practitioners and expert witnesses. An unprepared witness can spell disaster for a case and for the witness’ professional credibility. In this article, Robert M. Ben provides a primer on … Continued