Hanson Duby, Toronto’s Leading Personal Injury Law Firm, Issues Distracted Driving Warning this Thanksgiving in Light of Recent Allstate Canada Poll

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Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is issuing a warning to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists to be mindful of distracted driving this weekend in light of recent Allstate Canada poll.

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Hanson Duby, Toronto’s Leading Personal Injury Law Firm, Issues Distracted Driving Warning this Thanksgiving in Light of Recent Allstate Canada Poll

Even though texting and driving didn’t make the list of the top four driving distractions in the Allstate Canada poll, 35% of Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1980.

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Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law (http://www.HansonDuby.com), a personal injury law firm serving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is issuing a warning to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists to be mindful of distracted driving this weekend in light of recent Allstate Canada poll.

Whether the roads are clear, dry, wet, or clogged, or drivers are on the highway, in a subdivision, or in a school zone, many think it’s acceptable to multitask behind the wheel. According to the most recent data, almost all (97%) Canadian drivers perceive other distracted drivers in a negative light. At the same time, 90% of Canadians admit to some kind of distracted driving. (Source: “Allstate cautions motorists as July is among deadliest on Canada’s roads,” Allstate web site, June 27, 2013; http://www.allstate.ca/Allstate/about/newsroom/newsroom.aspx?article=gen-x.)

“Even though texting and driving didn’t make the list of the top four driving distractions in the Allstate Canada poll, 35% of Generation X, those born between 1965 and 1980, and Millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, admit to texting, sending e-mails, and taking pictures when they’re behind the wheel. And when they do, they’re 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law.

Bekiaris, an associate at Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law since September 2010, graduated from York University with an Honours BA in political science in 2006 and from the Queen’s University Faculty of Law in 2009 with a JD. Bekiaris has appeared before Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Divisional Court. Bekiaris is also a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.

Distracted drivers cause thousands of accidents across Ontario each year. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, of the 177 deaths on Ontario roads thus far in 2013, 47 have involved distracted driving. That means one out of every four deaths on Ontario roads is a result of distracted driving. On top of that, the number of deaths as a result of distracted driving is up 17% over the last five years. (Source: “OPP home in on distracted drivers over Labour Day weekend,” CBC web site, August 30, 2013; http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/opp-home-in-on-distracted-drivers-over-labour-day-weekend-1.1415416.)

“If someone has been involved in a distracted driver-related motor vehicle accident in the GTA, the first thing they need to do is get medical attention and then follow up with their family physician. That’s because some injuries take a few days or longer to settle in, and waiting too long for a medical opinion can hinder a victim’s right to seek compensation. That’s why it’s vital to contact an experienced personal injury law firm immediately after an accident as well,” Bekiaris adds.

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 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.

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