Johnson & Johnson Preparing $3.9 Billion for Talc Settlements

By |May 4, 2021|

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has set apart $3.9 billion for talc-related litigation, as outlined in a regulatory filing earlier this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C. The company said it’s now going through more than 25,000 lawsuits associated with numerous talc products which have allegedly caused cancers, by and large from asbestos fiber contamination. The $3.9bn is nearly double the amount that Johnson & Johnson reported being set apart for litigation charges in 2020. In 2020 a Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a lower-court ruling, but reduced the award from $4.69 [...]

Safety Tips for Drivers and Riders On Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

By |May 3, 2021|

Warmer months are upon us, and spring is the beginning of motorcycle season. That is why May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. The risk of death among motorcyclists is significantly higher than driving a car which is why everyone needs to take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips to safely share the road as a driver. Never Tailgate. Leave a greater distance behind motorcycles than you would for cars. Check your mirrors, and blindspot before signalling for lane changes. Pay extra attention at intersections as that is where the majority of crashes happen. Never share a lane [...]

Do You Know the 10 Safety Tips For Highway Driving

By |April 26, 2021|

  Highways are the quickest way to travel. They are a high speed multi lane road, with ramps as entrances and exits. Since the speed is higher, the driving can be more stressful and difficult. Accidents on a highway are oftentimes more serious due to the speed on impact, so drivers need to follow the proper rules of the road to reduce the risk of crashing. Here are 10 safety tips for highway driving. 1. Pick the Right Time to Drive If you're nervous or new at driving, try to avoid rush hour while driving on the [...]

How to Reduce Accidents During Rush Hour Traffic

By |April 19, 2021|

Traffic is extremely frustrating, but also incredibly dangerous. The more cars on the road, the higher likelihood of a traffic accident occurring. In fact, 25% of accidents throughout Canada are rear-end collisions. The danger of accidents increase when drivers are: Distracted, Fatigued, Impatient and aggressive, or Fail to obey the rules of the road. Rush hour in Canada is between 8am-9am, and between 5pm-6pm. There are a few things you can do to avoid rush hour traffic, which will reduce your chances of an accident. Plan Your Morning Waking up earlier, and getting ready the night before, [...]

Do You Know What to do in a Hail Storm?

By |April 12, 2021|

If you're driving, and a hail storm hits, you should know the proper precautions to keep you, and your vehicle as safe as possible. Hail can be extremely damaging to your car, it can be dangerous to step outside unprotected, and it causes dangerous road conditions. Hail should be treated as if you are driving in heavy rain, with ice on the road. Although hail storms typically only last a few minutes, you should follow the proper precautions. Turn on your low beams Drop your speed if you continue to drive Allow 3 times the normal space [...]

5 Safety Tips for Spring Driving

By |April 5, 2021|

Winter is over, temperatures are rising, and snow is melting, so we need to adapt to the new season and change our driving habits. Every season carries different dangers that we need to beware of. Here are 5 safety tips for spring driving. Vehicle Prep Don't be too anxious to change your winter tires. There may be sporadic snowfalls, so keep your winter tires until ambient temperatures stay above 7 degrees celsius on average. As well, replace anything that may have been damaged in the harsh winter months. 2. Water Warning Watch for spring showers that can [...]

Do You Know the 15 Things To Do At An Accident Scene?

By |March 22, 2021|

Getting into an accident involving a car, motorcycle, bike, or pedestrian is scary. Knowing what to do at the scene of an accident can help you in the long run. Here are 15 things to do at the scene of an accident. Get help for anyone injured. Don't move the victim. Keep the injured person warm. Do not move your car unless it is blocking oncoming traffic. Warn approaching traffic - don't let one accident cause another. Call an ambulance if you think someone may be seriously hurt. Call the police if someone is injured, or if [...]

When Should I Call the Police?

By |March 15, 2021|

After an accident, especially a minor one, it may be questionable whether to call the police. However, calling the police ensures a fair and balanced report that lawyers can use later. It can also be useful determining liability. Not every accident requires police at the scene, but they must be called if any of the following is true: Anyone was injured or killed Damages look to be over $1000 dollars, or there's damage to the public or private property A pedestrian or cyclist is involved A driver is impaired A driver is uninsured or unlicensed Whether it [...]

5 Tips To Staying Safe This St. Patrick’s Day

By |March 8, 2021|

Saint Patricks Day is the most popular holiday for drinking and going out to bars. This leads to more drunk driving, and alcohol related accidents. If you plan to drink, be prepared and safe for the well-being of you, and everyone around you. Here are some tips on staying safe this St. Pattys Day. Have a Designated Driver Designate yourself, or a friend to be the designated driver for the group. Make sure to plan ahead so you aren't caught in a situation where everyone has had a drink. While drunk, you may think you are suitable [...]

Should You Install a Dashboard Cam

By |March 1, 2021|

10% of Canadian drivers have joined the trend of installing a dashboard camera into their motor vehicle. A dashboard cam is a camera that continuously records the view outside, and even inside your vehicle. Once installed, it can be synced to your car ignition, and even records when motions are sensed, protecting your car from theft, hit and runs, and vandalism. What are the advantages to installing a dashboard camera? 1. Prove What Happened By having a hard copy of the accident, you can prove to the police, without a doubt what happened. Giving clear, definite footage, [...]

10 Tips on Dealing With Your Insurance Company

By |February 22, 2021|

Getting in a car accident is stressful enough. On top of the strain of dealing with injuries and damages, your insurance company will also be attempting to deal with you directly. You cannot count on the insurance company to take care of your best interest. Here are 10 tips on how to deal with your insurance company effectively. 1. Document any damages and injuries, and write down anything you remember from the accident. 2. Report your claim as quickly as possible, and check if you have coverage under more than one policy. 3. Take detailed notes about [...]

The Dangers of Driving High

By |February 15, 2021|

Drug impaired driving has been illegal since 1925, however, the discussion about driving under the influence is mainly focused around alcohol. Twenty-five percent (25%) of cannabis users have reported driving while high in their past. It is important to know, and educate that driving high is illegal, and can cause serious damage. The use of Cannabis is now legal in Canada, but driving while high is illegal, and doubles the risk of a fatal, or serious injury crash. You could face consequences including a fine, criminal charges, or even jail time. Cannabis can give you a sense [...]

What Parents and Teens Should Know About Young Drivers

By |February 1, 2021|

For teens, getting their license is a key to independence. Unfortunately, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for teens. In fact, half of teens will get in an accident before graduating high school. What are some of the factors associated with teen driving accidents? Speeding; Lack of Seatbelt Use (teens have the lowest seat belt use rate); Alcohol Use; Nighttime Driving (almost half of teen fatalities occur between 9pm-6am); Weekend Driving (about half of crashes occur between Friday morning, and Sunday night); Distractions (more than half of teen drivers have admitted to using their phone [...]

Important Facts About Texting and Driving

By |February 1, 2021|

    The alarming truth about texting and driving in Canada, is that it causes more deaths, that impaired driving. In fact, 25% of reported car accidents involve a cell phone, which amounts to 4,000,000 accidents North America. 1 in 5 drivers will pick up their phone while behind the wheel, disregarding the fact that they are now 8 times more likely to crash. For teens, that number is even higher. Staring at a phone for even 2 seconds, while going 100km/h, the average highway speed in the Maritimes, you will travel more than half a football [...]

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