August 19 2019

Drivers and Pedestrians. Do You Follow the Rules of the Road?

You’re out for a quick jog before work. It’s early and summer traffic is light, you decide to cut across a normally busy Edmonton street. Just like that—and out of nowhere—a car swerves into your path, missing you by centimetres.

Even if the above scenario has never happened to you, it’s increasingly possible in our fast-paced world. Even pedestrians who stay within the crosswalk may feel unsafe amid a sea of drivers who feel tired, distracted, or entitled to ignore the rules of the road.

Be proactive about preventing accidents; take time to refresh your memory and learn more about drivers’ and pedestrians’ basic responsibilities to each other. Continue reading

August 12 2019

The Real Costs of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving, as a contributing cause of serious accidents, is not new but the causes of distraction have increased as our society adopts new and more pervasive technology.

The RCMP considers distracted driving a form of impaired driving, because “a driver’s judgement is compromised when they are not fully focused on the road.” In Alberta alone, there were 23,546 distracted driving convictions in 2018. In an effort to reduce distracted driving incidents, as of January 1, 2016, penalties for distracted driving in Alberta began to include three demerit points in addition to a $287 fine.

Research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that drivers using mobile devices, whether hands-free or hand-held, are more than four times as likely to be involved in a crash. Continue reading

July 25 2019

It’s Summer in Canada! That Means Boats and the Potential for Boating Accidents

Memories of a long hard winter fade into the past as Canadians begin to enjoy a favourite time of year – summer! Part of the fun includes water sports – sailing, power boating, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming in our beautiful lakes. It’s never a bad idea to give some serious thought to water safety, and this is especially true when you are likely to be enjoying group activities that include young children.

Proactive Water Safety

Taking care to enjoy water sports safely means following basic safety protocols including the following:

  • Assess your swimming skills and the differing abilities of those in your group.
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July 18 2019

Schools out! Summer Safety Reminders for Drivers, Parents, and Kids

Summer is well underway, and school is out for elementary, junior and senior high school age children. The summer means more kids on bikes, skateboards, and on foot (plugged into their smartphones). It also means an uptick in young people learning to drive. All of these things increase the potential for injuries to children. For drivers, this means you need to tune up your “kid radar” and drive defensively with a view to doing your part to ensure their safety and to protect yourself against liability.

In Alberta, ss. 185 and 186 of the Traffic Safety Act create a reverse presumption against drivers, such that if there is a collision between a motorist and a non-motorist (for example, a collision between a car and a child walking or on a bike), the onus is on the driver of the vehicle to prove that the accident did not arise solely because of their negligent operation of the vehicle. Continue reading

June 27 2019

Alberta Traumatic Brain Injury Online Resources

The lifetime impact of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be overwhelming, especially for someone who is just beginning their road to recovery. As a law firm, CAM LLP is committed to not only defending their clients who are suffering from TBI, but also to supporting the Alberta non-profits and centres who play a critical role in the rehabilitation and caregiving of TBI sufferers.

In our efforts to continue supporting these groups and our clients in any way we can, we have created a credible list of TBI online sites for those who may need help in recovery and encouragement that things will get better. Continue reading

June 18 2019

Brain Advancements and Technology Through the Ages – Brain Injury Awareness Month

June is Brain Injury Awareness Month in Canada, a time where we raise awareness about the impact of acquired brain injury and empower those who live with brain injury everyday, from survivors to their caregivers.

From the 4th century to modern day, there has been huge jumps forward in discoveries about the brain. Technology is transforming what we know about our brains, adding new discoveries, advancements, and breakthroughs on a daily basis.

We invite you to explore the infographic below, and discover some fascinating achievements in terms of exploring the human brain. If you’re on a desktop computer, and having issues viewing the infographic, you can click on it and it will open a new page that will allow you to zoom in. Continue reading