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Safe Driving in the City

The City of Toronto is one of the largest in North America. It is home to millions of people and it is one of the more active cities in the world. Any Toronto personal injury lawyer will tell you that a city like Toronto presents a long list of driving challenges that the open roads of the country do not. Some of the more prominent challenges in city driving include:

  • Pedestrians
  • Bicyclists
  • Visitors who are not familiar with the roads
  • Parked cars that can block oncoming pedestrians or other traffic

It would be easy to say that the best way to stay safe when driving in the city would be to always take it slow. But the reality is that the flow of traffic does not always allow a person to drive at the pace they would like to and that can create problems. But there are still plenty of things that a good driver can do to try and avoid problems when driving in a city like Toronto.

Parked cars can pose a significant threat for several reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Doors suddenly being opened
  • People running into traffic from between the cars
  • Cars pulling into traffic from the curb

Car accident lawyers see plenty of situations where cars along the curb cause accidents that could have been avoided. One of the best ways to avoid problems with cars parked along the road is to drive one lane over, and only get in the far right-hand lane when you are ready to turn. This will get you far enough away from the parked cars so you can properly react to anything that may happen.

Another challenge when driving in the city is pedestrians. Catastrophic injury lawyers see more than their fair share of pedestrians who are seriously injured in automobile accidents. Pedestrians can protect themselves by using crosswalks and only crossing streets where there are signs or lights provided to protect them. Drivers can be mindful of street signs and traffic lights, and can be sure to keep a watch out for pedestrians who try to cross streets without using the proper methods.

When bad weather comes, driving in the city can get much more dangerous. If you have to drive in the city in bad weather, try to do so in the daytime. The combination of nighttime and bad weather can be lethal for a driver and a pedestrian. If you are in the city during bad weather, try to stay away from the far right-hand lane and keep an eye on the things that are going on around you.

Whether it is the middle of a snowstorm, or a bicyclist who suddenly darts out in front of you, driving in a big city can be dangerous. The best way to avoid a personal injury accident is to follow good driving tips and remain vigilant at all times.


For assistance with a personal injury and/or insurance claim, please email David Himelfarb at or call 1-855-446-7765, for a free case evaluation.

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