Your Personal Injury Lawyers
Call 1-888-404-5167
Preszler Injury Lawyers

9 Tips for Avoiding a Car Accident While Driving in Toronto

Car accidents continue to decline in the nation, but statistics show that injury-causing and fatal accidents remain a serious threat to public health and safety.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) reports that in 2016 – the most recent statistics available – 483 people died in the province as a result of car accidents. Meanwhile, more than 49,601 people were injured.

It is not always possible to prevent or anticipate an automotive collision. Knowing key safety rules may help to lessen the chances of being injured in a car accident.

Whether you’re navigating heavy rush-hour traffic on the 401 or driving through the Downtown Core, here are nine driver safety tips to consider.

1. Avoid distractions

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) cite distracted driving as a “casual factor in (at least) 30 to 50%of traffic collisions” in the province. You can even be fined for distracted driving. The OPP specifically names texting and talking on cellphones as chief causes of distracted-driving accidents; cellphones have been banned while driving since 2009 in Ontario. Other driver distractions include eating, grooming, reading, and talking to passengers.

2. Beware of blind spots

Always check blind spots before making a lane change or merging into traffic. Conversely, never drive in another vehicle’s blind spot, particularly that of a large vehicle like a commercial truck or bus.

See also: The Top 10 Most Dangerous Areas for Car Accidents in Toronto

3. Don’t drive drowsy

A drowsy driver may experience delayed reactions and impaired judgment, as well as the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel. Stop every two hours on long car trips, avoid driving after taking medications that cause drowsiness and maintain cool temperatures inside the vehicle.

4. Be road ready

Many senior drivers can continue to drive safely and maintain independence, provided they adhere to basic precautionary guidelines. This includes avoiding driving at night, sticking to familiar routes, and avoiding certain medications prior to driving. Similarly, those of the opposite age spectrum — teenagers — need a little extra guidance when driving and can follow the same rules. Avoiding alcohol and drugs at any age while driving also may be the difference between life and death.

5. Forget the far left lane

Driving in the center or right lane on a multi-lane highway provides more opportunities for “escape” in the event of a sudden traffic backup or wreck. Only use the far left lane for passing.

6. Mind the speed limit

Obey the speed limit except in situations that call for driving slower than the posted speed. This includes driving during inclement weather, heavy traffic, or construction zones.

7. Anticipate problems ahead

Don’t just watch the vehicle immediately in front of you. Scan the road ahead and in adjacent lanes to better anticipate potential obstacles or incidents. Put your best defensive-driving skills to work.

8. Watch out for wildlife

The MTO reports that one out of 17 auto accidents in Ontario involves a collision with (or is caused by) a wild animal. And these types of accidents are only increasing. Between 1999 and 2008, the number of collisions with wildlife increased 42%. Be particularly cautious in May, June, and October through December, which represent peak times of the year for collisions with deer and moose.

9. Stay safe in the event of a car accident in Toronto

Stay with the vehicle in the event of a car accident. Do not leave the scene of the crash. Call police and exchange driver information, if applicable. Do not get into any arguments or talk about who was at fault for the accident.

If injured in a car accident in Toronto, you may have questions about your rights to financial recovery. Call us at 1-800-JUSTICE® or complete this online Case Evaluation Form. There is no cost to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your potential compensation, so contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.

You may also be interested in:

related videos


Car Accident Lawyers

Hit and Run Injury Claims

Statutory Accident Benefits & Car Accident Claims

Types of Damages in Car Accident Cases

What Are Statutory Accident Benefits?

What Insurance Cuts Mean For Drivers in Ontario

Who to Contact Following a Car Accident
Call us now at

151 Eglinton Ave W,
Toronto, ON
M4R 1A6
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
4145 N Service Rd
Burlington, ON
L7L 4X6
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
2 County Ct Blvd #400,
Brampton, ON
L6W 3W8
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
105 Consumers Drive
Whitby, ON
L1N 1C4
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
92 Caplan Ave #121,
Barrie, ON
L4N 0Z7
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
380 Wellington St Tower B, 6th Floor,
London, ON
N6A 5B5
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
2233 Argentia Rd Suite 302,
East Tower Mississauga, ON
L5N 6A6
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
1 Hunter St E,
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3W1
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
459 George St N,
Peterborough, ON
K9H 3R9
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
22 Frederick Street,
Suite 700
Kitchener, ON N2H 6M6
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 300
Ottawa ON
K2P 0C2
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
10 Milner Business Ct #300,
Scarborough, ON
M1B 3C6
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
*consultation offices

DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the header image and other images throughout this website may include both lawyer and non-lawyer/paralegal employees of Preszler Injury Lawyers and DPJP Professional Corporation and unrelated third parties. Our spokesperson John Fraser, or any other non-lawyer/paralegals in our marketing is not to be construed in any way as misleading to the public. Our marketing efforts are not intended to suggest qualitative superiority to other lawyers, paralegals or law firms in any way. Any questions regarding the usage of non-lawyers in our legal marketing or otherwise can be directed to our management team. Please also note that past results are not indicative of future results and that each case is unique and that case results listed on site are from experiences across Canada and are not specific to any province. Please be advised that some of the content on this website may be out of date. None of the content is intended to act as legal advice as each situation is independent and unique and requires individual legal advice from a licensed lawyer or paralegal. For legal advice on your individual situation – we can provide legal guidance after you have contacted our firm and we have established a lawyer-client relationship contractually. Maximum contingency fee charged is 33%. Finally, our usage of awards and logos for awards does not suggest qualitative superiority to other lawyers, paralegals or law firms. All awards received from third party organizations have been done so through their own reasonable evaluative process and do not include any payment for these awards except for the use of the award logos for our marketing assets. We are also proud to service additional provinces like Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.