With the snow officially gone and warmer weather ahead, it’s important to remember that the weather is not the only reason accidents happen on the road. Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major cause of motor vehicle collisions.
A new piece of sports equipment has been designed specifically to reduce brain injuries in athletes. Bauer Hockey – a Canadian sports apparel brand – will begin selling the product, which studies have shown restricts movement around the brain after heavy impact to the head.
Last week, the Toronto Star published an article describing a mind shift locally here in Toronto, across the country and even internationally about how we look at the problem of trauma, injury and death from motor-vehicle accidents. Broadly, many medical providers, infrastructure design experts, urban planners and government officials are switching from seeing injury from traffic accidents as a necessary byproduct of a modern road system to a preventable public-health issue.
At least 22 pedestrians were hit by motor vehicles in the GTA last Tuesday, December 6, according to the Toronto Star. A spokesman for the police department said he did not know the reason for the surge. Police reportedly issued an advisory to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to take extra care to avoid such crashes in the wet weather.
Ontario drivers are preparing for the annual onslaught of winter weather. This year, experts are contemplating substantial lake effect snow that will impact road conditions for those in Toronto and surrounding areas, according to The Weather Network.
Two major news organizations have recently looked in depth at Toronto pedestrian-accident data and the results are unsettling. Surprising results underscore the need for walkers and runners to proceed cautiously to avoid traffic and thereby collisions with moving vehicles.
Someone in Ontario is hurt in a motor vehicle accident from distracted driving every 30 minutes, according to 2013 data from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Let the immensity of that number sink in: in 24 hours, that is about 48 distracted-driving crashes somewhere in the province — a staggering number.
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