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What’s New on the Road in 2016?

As motor vehicle accidents statistics are collected and analyzed, the Ontario government continuously seeks improvements to increase safety on the road. In 2016, Ontarians will face some changes, including new funding, new discounts and a reminder of the new laws. Those developments are outlined here, including the testing of driverless cars in Ontario, funding for Ontario’s Cycling Infrastructure, mandatory insurance discounts for winter tires, higher fees and new driving laws for 2016.

Driverless Car Testing in Ontario

Driverless cars will be tested in Ontario as part of a pilot project starting as early as March 2016. Applications for driverless test car licences with certain restrictions are already being accepted by the Ontario government. The vehicles must include a driver who can override the automated system if needed.

This move tests the vehicles in local conditions and puts Ontario in the limelight with California and Nevada, where Google’s pod-like car and Mercedes’ sleek F015 are attracting much attention. The project will also give Canadian business a boost in the global race for a stake in the emerging industry for new automated vehicle technologies. More than 100 companies and institutions exist in the self-driving car industry, so the pilot project will be an incentive for them to stay in Ontario instead of taking their services to competing jurisdictions.

As testing begins here, it is expected that the new driverless car models will be available for sale in Canada within 10 years, according to the Conference Board of Canada, in its January 2016 report. The vehicles could technically be on the road within five years, but there is a need to plan the impact of them on Canada’s economy and infrastructure and develop new regulations and new insurance products first. Meanwhile, many automakers are adding automated features, including parallel parking assist, to their vehicles. The main benefit of self-driving vehicles is expected to reduce traffic fatalities.

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Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

Howard Yegendorf & Associates

Howard Yegendorf has spent his entire career as a personal injury lawyer protecting the rights of clients who have been seriously injured.

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Insurance Discounts for Winter Tires

Insurance companies are now required to provide a discount for the installation of winter tires for drivers who are renewing their auto insurance policy or starting a new one in 2016. The amount of the discount was undisclosed when the Minister of Finance announced it at the April 2015 Ontario provincial budget, but the common winter tire discount in the insurance industry prior to it being mandated was 5 percent. Winter tires reduce the incidence of accidents in winter on snowy and icy roads. They provide control, traction and safety in freezing and below-freezing temperatures, using a technology whereby specialized soft rubber remains flexible in harsh winter conditions to grip the road.

Funding for Ontario’s Cycling Infrastructure Begins

As part of #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is starting to fund the $10 million Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program as of April 1, 2016, to help municipalities build new and improve existing cycling infrastructure. Under this new program, municipalities can apply for funding for up to 50 percent of the total eligible costs of a cycling infrastructure project to a maximum amount of $325,000, until March 31, 2018.

Higher Fees for Unpaid Provincial Offences Act Fines

In 2016, fees have doubled to $40 for unpaid fines under the Provincial Offences Act in order to encourage people to pay on time. The fines collected will be kept by the municipalities.

New Laws in Place as the New Year: Pedestrian School Crossings and Crosswalks

New pedestrian safety rules are in place at school crossings and crosswalks with pedestrian-operated crossing lights, effective January 1, 2016. Motorists and cyclists are now required to wait until pedestrians have finished crossing the road before proceeding. Under the prior regulations, it was acceptable to move forward if pedestrians had crossed half the roadway. Pedestrians are also facing changes, as they are now required to wait (instead of entering a crosswalk) if an approaching vehicle is too close to the crosswalk to come to a stop. A fine of $150 to $500 and three demerit points will apply to any drivers caught in violation of the new rule. Fines are doubled in Community Safety Zones, which are near schools and in public areas.

New Laws for Spring 2016: Violations Apply to Out-Of-Province Drivers

In spring 2016, greater sharing of driver information between the provinces is planned. Municipalities will have greater ability to charge out-of-province individuals for violations for failing to stop by red light cameras.

Keeping Informed with Howard Yegendorf & Associates

Howard Yegendorf & Associates are car accident lawyers serving Ottawa, Kingston and Toronto. We stay informed about laws respecting Ontario’s roadways that may affect you. We are known as Ottawa brain injury lawyers that help victims with catastrophic injury cases, but we handle all kinds of personal injury car accidents. Contact us for more information at 1-866-303-5118.

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At Howard Yegendorf & Associates, we have nearly 50 years of combined experience with personal injury claims. Our primary focus is on catastrophic injuries such as brain and spinal cord injuries and wrongful deaths, but we will guide and represent you during any personal injury case.

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Rony Podolsky
Rony Podolsky
13:34 19 Jan 18
Mr. Yegendorf is very different than the stereotypical lawyer. He is sympathetic to his clients and eager to help.Probably one of the most ethical, professional and experienced lawyers out there.Highly recommended!
Natalia Bradu
Natalia Bradu
15:46 17 May 17
I can not express my warmest wishes to Howard Yagendorf and his amazing team. I had a great experience working with them and I'm so thankful to his expertise and help in my difficult situation. He guided me and my family through the process and helped us to get the outcome we've never hope about. Great people, great team and overall experience was easy and worry free. Thank you so much.
Michael Dagenais
Michael Dagenais
16:42 14 Mar 17
I have known Howard for nearly 20 years. During that time he not only helped me with sound, expert advice pertaining to a "Ponzi scheme" that devastated my family, he has helped countless others. He is dedicated to the law and a true expert in his field. I know first hand that he has changed the destiny of many of his clients , allowing them to move forward with dignity after suffering catastrophic events. He cares deeply , has dogged determination, vast experience and his team of lawyers and support staff are second to none. I would highly recommend Howard and his team.
Brian Mandelker
Brian Mandelker
15:41 21 Apr 17
Howard is an excellent, meticulous lawyer. Perhaps even more important though, is that he is a compassionate human being. A very good listener and an even better questioner!
Stephen McGill
Stephen McGill
14:22 16 Feb 17
I've known Howard Yegendorf for well over a decade and consider him to be one of the most capable, professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy people I've met in my business career. His attention, compassion and skills were reinforced to me when he helped a very close family member with a potentially serious legal situation. Without hesitation I will continue to recommend Howard and his firm to anyone who wants exceptional legal representation.
Carol Dunlop
Carol Dunlop
02:09 04 Mar 19
2 years ago I was hit by a car on Hunt Club and Riverside intersection in Ottawa, the lady behind the wheel was not looking at me at all even though I had white sign for crossing. She stopped before the traffic light, I stepped on the crosswalk and she just turned right while looking to the left. She bumped me with her car and my foot got stuck under rear passenger wheel. Then she apparently panicked and went backwards rolling over my foot one more time. Later at emergency they diagnosed me with multiple bone fractures, I had to go through 2 complicated surgeries and over a year of rehab before I could use my foot again. And it still hurts when I run, jump, stand for too long or stress it somehow else.Engaging Howard Yegendorf and his team shortly thereafter was one of my best decisions ever. His knowledge, and confidence told me I was working with the best professionals I could have found. Howard guidance was invaluable. He listened and helped me throughout the case. We were both patient and that patience produced positive results.He helped me to deal with insurance company, guided me through LTD insurance and closed my case for really good amount of compensation.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
rath khan
rath khan
20:04 28 Jul 19
Receptionist She is always in bad mood. I did observe her a lot. If you are happen to be other ethnicity than caucasian , she will racially profile you. She doesn't have simple courtesy . Also one of the lawyer I dealt with not professional at all and rest of the lawyers I don't know much about them. At this place, you don't feel like they care about your situation much.
Jonny Hare
Jonny Hare
09:00 05 Mar 19
In 2014 I was involved in a car accident on HWY 417 near Ottawa. It involved myself and two other vehicles being rear ended. I was the middle vehicle and ended up being transported by ambulance to Queensway hospital. My injuries were misdiagnosed at the time of the accident and I was referred to Howard Yegendorf. I met with Mr. Yegendorf and he showed me overwhelming concern and care for my situation, injuries and surgery. He explained how he could file liens for surgery and physical therapy to resolve my health issues sooner rather then later. He then fought 100% with the auto insurance company completely looking out for my best interest.I cannot put into words how tremendously grateful l am for everything that Howard Yegendorf has done for me and my family!
Julie
Julie
13:50 23 Nov 19
Najma from Howard Yegendorf's office represented me and she is the lawyer you want on your team. Najma has incredible skills at negotiating and getting the results that you deserve.Najma helped me through the worst nightmare of my life and I will always appreciate the compassion she showed me. From the moment I handed my case to Howard Yegendorf and Associates it was like a weight was lifted off of me and I knew everything was going to be just fine.
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