The results of the Toronto Police Service’s annual safety blitz illustrate how important it is to maintain the safety of commercial vehicles.
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Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) April 11, 2013
Hanson Duby Lawyers (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), comments on the annual spring vehicle safety blitz and the need for both drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their rights if they are hurt as a result of an improperly maintained commercial vehicle.
Safety comes first for motorists on Ontario’s roads, but not everyone takes heed of safety warnings. Dozens of police officers from across the GTA teamed up during a two-day campaign on April 8th and 9th, for the annual spring vehicle safety blitz at Woodbine Racetrack. The focus of the blitz is to ensure pickups, cube vans, and tractor-trailers are operated safely and have proper documentation. (Source: 680news.com, video, “Police launch spring commercial motor vehicle safety blitz,” April 8, 2013.)
“The results of the Toronto Police Service’s annual safety blitz illustrate how important it is to maintain the safety of commercial vehicles. It also goes to show how many poorly maintained commercial vehicles are on the road and the hazard they pose to others,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby. “During the 2012 campaign, a total of 196 charges were laid during the two-day operation; including one to the operator of an ice cream truck.” (Source:torontonews24.com, “An ice-cream truck?!? TPS spring road cleaning pulls unsafe vehicles off city streets,” April 2012.)
Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Lawyers as an Associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours B.A. and from Queen’s University Faculty of Law with a J.D. in 2009. He formerly worked at a boutique insurance defence firm in Toronto, representing insurance companies.
Bekiaris has appeared before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Divisional Court. He represents clients in a variety of disputes including motor vehicle accidents, accident benefits, slips and falls, property damage and victims of assault. Bekiaris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.
Hanson Duby notes that, after a long winter, it’s imperative that vehicles be checked to ensure they are safe for the roads. During the winter, snow and salt can turn certain parts of a vehicle rusty, including brake lines, steering components, and frame components.
Not keeping a commercial motor vehicle safe for the roads can also be fatal. Studies by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation show two fatalities occurred in 2011 as a result of wheels separating from commercial vehicles in transit. (Source: ontruck.org, press release, “OTA Issues Advisory to Industry Following Apparent Wheel Separation Tragedy,” December 22, 2011.)
Commercial vehicle accidents can be more violent than other collisions and result in more serious injuries. Hanson Duby has an experienced team of litigators dedicated to helping clients get the help, support, and compensation they deserve after being injured in a commercial vehicle accident.
Hanson Duby Lawyers is a personal injury law firm located in the Annex district of Toronto. The firm specializes in helping injured victims obtain compensation due to car accidents, long-term disability claims, life insurance claims, and product liability claims. The firm serves clients from across the GTA and provides services in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Greek, and French. The site will soon be updated to include pages in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, and Greek to better serve those communities.
More information on Hanson Duby is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.HansonDuby.com or by calling 416-588-9100.