For motorcyclists, it doesn’t matter how carefully they drive, how much protection they wear, or even how much experience they have, sharing the road with other drivers means they are always at risk for serious injury.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) August 05, 2013
Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is releasing its comments on distracted driving after a recent motorcycle accident where a 27-year old-man was killed after being struck by a Toyota Camry.
On Monday, July 22, Anthon Burrows rode his motorcycle to a friend’s house to share the news that his wife was expecting twins. On the way home, he was struck by a Toyota Camry on McLaughlin Road near Bovaird Drive. Burrows was later pronounced dead at Brampton Civic Hospital. No charges have yet been laid against the 68-year-old female driver. (Source: Keung, N., “Father-to-be killed in Brampton motorcycle-car collision,” Toronto Star, July 28, 2013; http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/07/28/fathertobe_killed_in_brampton_motorcyclecar_collision.html.)
“For motorcyclists, it doesn’t matter how carefully they drive, how much protection they wear, or even how much experience they have, sharing the road with other drivers means they are always at risk for serious injury,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law. “It doesn’t matter if the other driver is impaired, speeding, or distracted. Unlike with cars, motorcyclists do not have steel doors or frames to protect them. As a result, a collision with a motorcycle usually ends with a serious or fatal outcome for the rider. This can be a very devastating, traumatizing time for both the accident victim and their family.”
Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law as an associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours BA in political science in 2006 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 assault, representing the victims. Bekiaris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.
To help reduce accidents, and the number of deaths related to collisions, a new distracted driving campaign was launched on Tuesday, July 30, says Bekiaris. Dubbed “MISSING,” the four-week campaign is a joint effort between the Ministry of Transportation, the OPP, Toronto Police, and the CAA. (Source: Shum, D., “CAA launches ‘Missing’ campaign against distracted driving,” Global News, July 30, 2013; http://globalnews.ca/news/749673/caa-launches-missing-campaign-against-distracted-driving/.)
“In 2010, the last year for which statistics are available, 45 motorcycle drivers were killed on Ontario roads; a further 1,230 were injured. On top of that, two passengers were killed, while 462 suffered injury,” Bekiaris adds. “Regardless of the circumstances, one of the most important steps a victim or the family members can take is to consult with a dedicated personal injury lawyer to help them explore their options and make informed decisions.” (Source: “Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR) 2010,” Ontario Ministry of Transportation, March 6, 2013; http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/orsar/orsar10/special-vehicles.shtml#motorcycles.)
Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law 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 Personal Injury Law is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.HansonDuby.com or by calling 416-588-9100.