Now that Labour Day is over, the roads around the GTA are busier than ever, with more and more cyclists, including children, taking to the roads as they head back to school.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) September 06, 2013
Rotondo Law Firm (http://www.RotondoLaw.com), a Greater Toronto Area (GTA) personal injury law firm and GTA wrongful death law firm, is warning motorists to be careful of cyclists as students head back to school.
“Now that Labour Day is over, the roads around the GTA are busier than ever, with more and more cyclists, including children, taking to the roads as they head back to school,” says P. Michael Rotondo, lead counsel at Rotondo Law Firm. “While Toronto has an excellent reputation for being a safe city for cyclists, accidents do happen. No matter how many precautions a cyclist takes, when it comes to an accident involving a motor vehicle, the cyclist is always at a disadvantage.”
On August 15, a 52-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital in critical condition after being struck by a car in downtown Toronto. According to witnesses, the cyclist was stopped at a traffic light when he was struck by the vehicle, knocking him onto the top of the car, after which the vehicle sped forward, throwing him to the ground, where he hit his head on the sidewalk. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet. (Source: Bitonti, D. “Toronto cyclist rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries,” The Globe and Mail August 15, 2013; http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/toronto-cyclist-rushed-to-hospital-with-life-threatening-injuries/article13803239/.)
This past summer, a Toronto police officer was hit by a car door while riding his bike while on duty. Though the officer’s fall was cushioned by a bulletproof vest, he still fractured his sternum. Toronto police stopped tracking “dooring” separately from other bike-car collisions in 2012, after the province redefined “collisions” as incidents involving vehicles in motion. Between 2007 and 2011, there was an average of 144 dooring incidents reported each year in Toronto. (Source: Andrew-Gee, E., “Toronto cop ‘doored’ on duty wants police to track incidents,” Toronto Star, September 2, 2013; http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/09/02/toronto_cop_doored_on_duty_wants_police_to_track_incidents.html.)
“Injuries to cyclists can result from a driver’s lack of concentration and being distracted, or driving poorly or dangerously,” Rotondo adds. “At Rotondo Law Firm, we see the devastating consequences motor vehicle collisions can have on cyclists. Injuries can include abrasions, concussions, broken bones, spinal trauma, internal injuries, and even death. If you or a loved one are injured or killed as a result of a car accident, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon after the accident as possible.”
Rotondo Law Firm is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto and has been providing personal injury law services to clients since 1999. Over the last 14 years, Rotondo Law Firm has been providing its clients with the highest level of legal service spanning many areas of personal injury law, including trip and fall accidents; motor vehicle, pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents; brain injuries; air flight accidents; accident benefit claims; and wrongful dismissal claims. Whether their clients have been injured in a car accident, are owed compensation from insurance, or have been wrongfully dismissed, Rotondo Law will work diligently to ensure they receive the settlement they deserve. More information on Rotondo Law Firm is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.RotondoLaw.com or by calling 416-868-0900.