Increased fines are not enough to prevent careless drivers from endangering pedestrians, says Toronto personal injury lawyer McPhadden Samac Tuovi Haté LLP. “Many times pedestrians, even crossing on a crosswalk where they have the right-of-way, still end up getting hit if the driver is just not paying attention.
“One of the more common things I hear is about distracted driving. People are using their cellphones, texting, and emailing, and that’s something that comes up frequently."
Last fall, the Ontario government announced tougher penalties for careless driving and endangering pedestrians.
Those convicted of careless driving causing bodily harm or death face fines ranging from $2,000 to $50,000,…