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ROADTRIP!

Victor Lewin
Friday, July 21, 2017

School’s out for summer and road trip season is upon us. Did you know that more fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than at any other time of the year? Alcohol, fatigue, and increased traffic all play a role in these often avoidable tragedies. No matter where you’re off to this year, we at Wagners want you to be safe. So take a couple of minutes to review the following hints and tips we’ve put together to help keep you that way:

Before You Go

Before you head out on the open road, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working as it should be. Check brakes, fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all of your lights and signals are in good working order. And be prepared for emergency – stock your vehicle with an emergency supply kit. Prepackaged kits are widely available online and in your local automotive and hardware stores, check them out. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

While On the Road

Buckle up. Every time. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing you can do to keep both you and your passengers safe.

If you are travelling with children, everyone under the age of 13 should be seated in the backseat. If your children are young enough to require a carseat or booster seat, ensure that you have them secured in the appropriate seat, with appropriate restraints. If you aren’t sure, check with Transport Canada for more information: http://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/child-car-seat-safety.html

Make sure not to leave children or animals unattended in a hot car. When it’s hot outside, the temperature inside a parked car, even if it’s in a shaded area, can rapidly reach levels that lead to heatstroke or even death.

Avoid distracted or impaired driving. Don’t text and drive, don’t drink and drive.

Drive defensively, be patient and share the road. Summer driving brings out all sorts of roadway users from pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists to recreational vehicles and trailers. You may have to slow down and take your time. Relax. You’ll get to where you’re going eventually.

Most Importantly

Pack sunscreen and have some fun!

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Heart Surgery Infection: Heater/Cooler Infections Found in Canada

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Two major Canadian hospitals have begun the process of notifying thousands of their patients who have undergone open-heart surgery since 2012 of the possible risk of contracting non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) from heater-cooler devices that are used to control a patient’s blood temperature during surgery.  ..

Friends go on memorial bike ride in friend's honour

Victor Lewin
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friends of a 49-year-old bicyclist gathered for a memorial ride on Oct. 23. The woman was killed earlier this month in Halifax when she was struck by a propane truck where Purcells Cove Road intersects with Herring Cove Road.
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Pools can be a deadly danger

Victor Lewin
Sunday, August 23, 2015

If you are a Halifax resident with a pool, chances are that you are aware of the liability you face in the event that a drowning occurs in your pool. Your insurance carrier certainly hopes that you are.
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This is Safe Boating Awareness Week

Victor Lewin
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Recently, the Canadian Minister of Transport and the Parliamentary member representing Bruce -- Grey -- Owen Sound, kicked off North American Safe Boating Awareness Week. They issued a joint announcement that there was new funding allocated for safe boating projects through Transport Canada's Boating Safety Contribution Program.
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Charges Filed After Fatal Construction Fall

Victor Lewin
Friday, February 27, 2015

More than 15 months after the fatal accident occurred, a construction company in Halifax was found liable for the death of one of its employees. The deceased 21-year-old man had been cleaning an apartment building in Clayton Park when he fell to his death on Nov. 7, 2013. Investigators who worked on the case say that searches into workplace fatalities like this are complex and often take a long time. ..

Driver Not to be Charged in Fatal Nova Scotia Tour Bus Accident

Victor Lewin
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Following a fatal tour bus crash in July 2014, police have decided not to charge the driver who allegedly fell asleep and caused the accident. The wreck that occurred nearby the Neils Harbour community on the Cabot Trail claimed the life of one passenger and injured 17 others. ..

Wrongful Death Damages in Nova Scotia

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nova Scotia residents may be surprised to learn that pain and suffering is not mentioned in the section of the Fatal Injuries Act that deals with damages that may be awarded in a lawsuit brought by families who have lost a loved one. While a wrongful death lawsuit is often an extremely emotional experience for plaintiff and defendant, the process by which damages are determined is calculated and methodical.
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