October 9

Winter Driving is Here. What to do if You Experience a Car Accident.

If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer an injury, your legal rights may be the furthest thing from your mind. You may be confused about your next steps, and you may not realize how important your early actions are to a legal settlement later. Here’s a checklist to help protect your legal interests even before you call an injury lawyer.

May 2

Loss of Income and Loss of Earning Capacity as a Result of an Accident

An injury caused by a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, or other type of accident can have serious and far-reaching consequences on your life. In addition to the pain and suffering resulting from the injuries sustained in the accident that begin immediately or soon after the accident, there exists the possibility of long-term, chronic pain and impairment that can reach well into the future.

January 19

Self-driving Cars – The Future is (Almost) Now

The automobile industry is gearing up for perhaps the biggest advancement to ever hit the industry: self-driving cars. This futuristic development is primed to forever change our preferred daily method of transportation. Self-driving cars hold the potential to dramatically reduce motor vehicle accidents, reduce traffic congestion, and effectively revolutionize the way that motorists everywhere drive..

October 23

I’m Sorry (but it wasn’t my fault!)

People sometimes joke about how we as Canadians seem to apologize even when we have no real reason to apologize. For example, if two individuals brush shoulders walking past each other on a busy street, or almost collide their shopping carts in a supermarket, it’s not uncommon to hear one or both individuals say, “I’m.

September 8

Who’s to Blame? Apportioning Liability in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Accidents happen. Whether it is on the road of life, or the actual road, mistakes will be made, and accidents will happen. Oftentimes, it is easy to tell who caused an accident. If only one driver did something improper, negligent, or illegal that caused the motor vehicle accident, then only that driver is to blame.

August 11

Speeding and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Speeding and motor vehicle accidents often go hand in hand. Drivers who speed are far more likely to be involved in a collision, and are far more likely to be injured in a collision. Speed limits are enforced to varying degrees, depending on the roadway and responsible police force. Speed limits can also themselves vary.

June 19

Traffic Violations Prompting Focus on Road Safety

If it seems like there are more bad drivers than ever on our city streets, it’s not just your imagination. In fact, the Calgary Police Service (CPS) reports that there is a growing number of speeders on our roads. According to the CPS’s Annual Report for 2014, a total of 358,538 speeding summons were issued.

May 15

Shoulder-tap Technology Aims to Protect Cyclists and Motorcyclists

Cyclists, moped users and motorcyclists might be a bit safer on the roads if technology being tested by Jaguar Land Rover becomes widely available. Jaguar has developed a driver-alert system that emits a noise (such as a bicycle bell) or gives the driver a virtual tap on the shoulder if there is the danger of.

April 20

GPS Tracking Opens Door to Location-Specific Vehicle Ads

Imagine that you’re driving down the road and an ad pops up on your car’s computer screen. You’re just two blocks away from a new restaurant, the ad informs you. Location-specific advertising such as this is just one aspect of GPS tracking of vehicles that regulators and automakers are grappling with. The tracking and relaying.

March 11

Canada’s Worst Drivers

You don’t have to be a personal injury lawyer to know that every city has its share of bad drivers. But it seems Calgary’s drivers might in fact be worse than those in many other cities. According to a recent article in the Calgary Herald, our city has contributed the most bad drivers of any.

January 19

Survey Highlights Desirable Vehicle Safety Technologies

It seems like every week there are announcements about new gadgets and safety features for vehicles. Which ones appeal to you? If you’re like the people recently surveyed by Edmunds, you’re probably interested in blind spot detection and rearview cameras with park assist. They were the top two most-wanted vehicle safety technologies among survey respondents. .

November 17

A Future With Connected Cars Should Mean Safer Driving

The future of driving is connected cars, according to an article in the September 6, 2014 edition of The Economist. The article states that connected cars will make driving “safer, cleaner and more efficient.” There’s certainly a lot of room to improve the safety record of cars. The one billion vehicles on the world’s roads,.

October 15

Voice-activated Systems Place Heavy Demand on Driver Attention

A new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that all voice-activated, hands-free devices cause driver distraction. The study, entitled “Mental Workload of Common Voice-Based Vehicle Interactions across Six Different Vehicle Systems,” found that some hands-free systems are worse than others. The study used 18 male and 18 female participants to measure the.

August 27

Dashboard Cameras Can Protect Drivers

There is only so much you can do to avoid motor vehicle accidents. Even if you do nothing wrong, you must contend with the actions of other drivers. And if something does happen, your version of events might differ from the other driver’s version. There may not be independent witnesses or traffic camera footage to.

July 18

Report on Cycling

The City of Calgary has just issued a new report showing the most popular cycling locations in the city. It also reveals some interesting demographic data on the city’s cyclists. The report states that nearly 20,000 cyclists were counted at 51 locations across the city for the 2013 Bicycle Count. The busiest count location turned.

May 15

What if the At-Fault Driver is a Family Member?

Let’s say you’re a passenger in a vehicle and your spouse or another family member is the driver. What happens if that family member makes a mistake and causes a serious accident that results in injuries to you? What are the implications for your insurance claim? In such a situation, your family member’s car insurance.

May 7

Can I Borrow Against My Future Injury Settlement?

If you’ve suffered a slip and fall injury or have been in a motor vehicle accident, the day you’ll reach a settlement can seem a long way off. It can be a significant challenge to get by financially while you wait for everything to be resolved. Even if you’ve hired a very capable personal injury.

April 30

Injuries on Public Transit

You’re on a crammed city bus. People are holding bags and various other items, and everyone is jostling for position. During rush hour most bus passengers are standing. If you’re lucky you’re within reach of a pole or strap. Meanwhile, the bus driver is navigating rush hour traffic. Sudden stops are to be expected, especially.

April 23

Personal Injury Lawyer Discusses Cycling Safety

Personal injury lawyers don’t just assist vehicle drivers and their passengers. They also assist cyclists who have been injured on the road. Due to their lack of protection, cyclists often suffer particularly serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle. According to an article in American Family Physician, most bicycle-related injuries happen to the upper.

April 16

Hands-Free Devices Aren’t Free of Risks

Publicity around distracted driving is prompting many drivers to avoid texting or calling while driving. Some are opting to use hands-free devices instead, such as an earpiece, a dashboard system or a speakerphone. However, hands-free devices might not offer as much safety as people assume. As highlighted in a new infographic from the National Safety.

April 10

The Prospect of Self-Driving Cars Raises Many Questions

Self-driving cars seem to be a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ As for when, it will likely take at least 20 years for truly autonomous vehicles to become common on our roads. In the meantime, there’s no question that vehicles are becoming more autonomous all the time. Safety features that alert drivers of obstacles (and.

March 19

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Motor Vehicle Accident Award?

If you have been in a motor vehicle accident, you might wonder if you will have to pay taxes on the settlement that is ultimately reached (or the damages award if it goes to trial). After all, a motor vehicle accident settlement can be in the range of tens of thousands or even hundreds of.

March 5

Injury Lawyer Discusses Pros and Cons of Winter Tires

City council in Calgary recently debated whether to make snow tires mandatory for Calgary drivers. City councillors previously considered, and rejected, such a measure in 2010. It seems most councillors remain opposed to forcing drivers to swap out their all-season tires for winter tires once the snow starts to fall. Calgarians are likely to remain.

January 29

What’s Forbidden Under Alberta’s Distracted Driving Legislation?

The dangers posed by distracted driving have gained a lot of attention in recent years. As a result, all 10 provinces now have some form of distracted driving legislation. Provincial fines for distracted driving range from $100 to $400, depending on the province. In some provinces you also receive demerits for a distracted driving offence..

January 8

Common Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrian injuries are an unfortunate fact of life, particularly in urban environments. As personal injury lawyers, we often represent pedestrians who have suffered injuries caused by motor vehicles. As would be expected, these injuries are often severe. Many factors influence the severity of a pedestrian’s injuries if they are hit by a motor vehicle. Some.

December 18

Should I Call an Injury Lawyer After a Minor Car Accident?

Another driver hits your car. The damage to your car is minor and you don’t seem to have any injuries. Should you still call a personal injury lawyer? Here are a few reasons why it might be a good idea: 1) The call is free. We’re not aware of any personal injury lawyer who won’t.

December 12

Safety Tips for Winter Motorcycle Riding

Motorcycle riding can be dangerous at the best of times. A study by ICBC found that only two per cent of BC drivers were motorcyclists, and yet they were 15 times more likely than drivers of other vehicles to be involved in a motor vehicle accident. While winter driving conditions make matters worse for all.

December 4

Many Car Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue

Motor vehicle accidents have many causes. One that doesn’t get as much attention as it should is driver fatigue. But that’s starting to change. Calgary Police recently warned that they have seen an increase in the number of collisions caused by driver fatigue. As of early November 2013 they had responded to 96 collisions in.