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Published in: The Toronto Metro News Newspaper April 23, 2014 issue
What to expect in personal injury cases
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Streets designed to take every mode of transportation into account – dubbed complete streets – are safer for the drivers, cyclists and pedestrians travelling on them, Toronto critical injury lawyer Patrick Brown says in Law Times.
In the article, Brown discusses the 2012 cycling death review and the 2012 pedestrian death review, and the coroner’s office move to call for the adoption of complete streets.
“The complete streets concept has been around for a while,” Brown says in Law Times.
“It has been adopted in various jurisdictions in the U.S. Put simply, it provides that anyone involved in the construction, building, maintenance or design of any type of roads provide equal access and equal consideration for all users, especially in urban centres. Complete streets are designed to give cyclists and pedestrians their own space so they can avoid contact.”
The cycling death review examined all of the 129 accidental cycling deaths that occurred in Ontario between Jan. 1, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2010, the article says, while the pedestrian death review examined 95 cases of preventable pedestrian collisions in 2010, including the 23 deaths that occurred in January of that year.
The Ministry of Transportation is currently in the process of developing a cycling strategy and is moving forward with implementing the coroner’s recommendations, the report says.
“We are hoping for a complete streets policy statement directing the road authorities to adopt the concept,” Brown, partner with McLeish Orlando LLP, says in the article.
“There is no doubt in my mind that if they do, we will have the safest roads in North America and a substantial reduction in fatalities.”
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Toronto critical injury lawyer Rikin Morzaria kicked off Bike Month 2013 this week, joining hundreds of cyclists in riding his bike to work and speaking on behalf of Bike Month lead partner McLeish Orlando at Nathan Phillips Square.
Morzaria, a partner at McLeish Orlando, rides his bike to work every day and spoke to the crowd about safe cycling and encouraging businesses to be smart commuters.
“As a law firm that represents seriously injured people, we often encounter cyclists who have been injured in road collisions,” Morzaria said during the kick-off. “Because we see the impact of these injuries up close, we feel that we have a responsibility to promote safe cycling. Some of this involves advocating for safe solutions. For example, Patrick Brown, was instrumental in prompting a coroner’s review of cycling safety. We are also strong supporters of cycling advocacy organizations such as Cycle Toronto.
“We also believe that cycling is safer when more people are using it as a method of transportation,” he said. ”This leads to greater awareness of cyclists by motorists, and to reduced hostility.
“We feel that we need to lead by example by encouraging our own employees to cycle to work,” Morzaria told the gathering. ”We have taken some concrete steps to make this more practical and appealing. For example, we have made our workplace more cycle friendly by providing secure bike parking and including shower facilities in our retrofitted office space. We have also regularly participated in cycling events, and purchased memberships to Cycle Toronto for our employees.
“Perhaps most importantly, we lead by example; many of our lawyers, including several partners, regularly commute to work by bicycle. ‘Helmet head’ won’t make you so self-conscious when you see your boss sporting it,” he said.
The firm also participate in a “Helmets on Kids” program every year, purchasing and handing out approximately 500 helmets each year to children who wouldn’t otherwise have them.
“I’m excited to be part of Bike Month, because I love cycling – I’ve cycled year-round as a commuter for over a decade – and because I want to be part of the movement that makes cycling accessible to others who haven’t yet started using bikes as a method of transportation,” said Morzaria.