Hanson Duby, Toronto’s Most Trusted Personal Injury Law Firm, Comments on OPP Crackdown on Distracted Drivers

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Hanson Duby Lawyers (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is commenting on the week-long crackdown on distracted drivers launched by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

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Hanson Duby, Toronto’s Most Trusted Personal Injury Law Firm, Comments on OPP Crackdown on Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving takes you away from the primary task of driving. As a result, distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road.

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Hanson Duby Lawyers (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is commenting on the week-long crackdown on distracted drivers launched by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

Using cell phones, laptops, radios, MP3 players, and GPS devices, as well as attending to children, eating, shaving, applying makeup, and smoking while driving, have all contributed to serious motor vehicle accidents on Ontario roads. The “Put Down the Phone and Leave it Alone” campaign runs from April 15th to 19th and will see hundreds of OPP cruisers patrolling Ontario highways as they look for distracted drivers.

According to the OPP, 83 people died in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving in 2012. Since the beginning of 2013, another 15 people have died in accidents caused by distracted drivers. (Source: cp24.com, “OPP launch crackdown on distracted driving,” April 15, 2013; http://www.cp24.com/news/opp-launch-crackdown-on-distracted-driving-1.1238154.)

“Distracted driving takes you away from the primary task of driving. As a result, distracted drivers are not only a danger to themselves, but everyone else on the road,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby. “In fact, 80% of collisions and 65% of near crashes are attributable to some form of driver inattention.” Not surprisingly, cell phones are one of the most common distractions for drivers. Interestingly, studies show that experienced drivers are no better at handling the distraction of a cell phone than novice drivers. (Source: caa.com, “Distracted Driving,” http://distracteddriving.caa.ca/education/.)

Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Lawyers as an associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours BA and from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law with a JD 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. Bekiaris represents clients in a variety of disputes, including motor vehicle accidents, accident benefits, slips and falls, property damage claims, and victims of assault. Spyros is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.

“When operating a motor vehicle, the driver's attention should be focused on the road and nothing else,” Bekiaris observes. “While Ontario has implemented legislation to make our roads safer, many drivers in the Greater Toronto Area continue to drive while distracted, which can result in serious injuries, including death.”

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident in the GTA due to the negligence of a distracted driver, contact a personal injury law firm. At Hanson Duby Lawyers, the experienced team of personal injury lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other incurred expenses.

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 Greater Toronto Area, and provides service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Greek, and French. The site will soon evolve again and 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.

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