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Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents, bicycle /cycling accidents, safety on June 18th, 2013
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer I was pleased to learn of the Ottawa Police s current safety focus on cycling safety ; however I was astonished with the results. The Ottawa Police pulled over close to 500 Ottawa drivers and cyclists last week during a bicycle safety blitz with a goal of educating people and enforcing the rules of the road. A total of 385 charges were laid. This tells me more education is needed when it comes to drivers, cyclists and cycling safety.
We have some incredible resources such as:
Citizens for Cycling Safety
Ottawa Police Share the Road program
Ottawa Bicycle Club
and many more….
We all share our Ottawa roads and its important that drivers, cyclists and pedestrians are aware of one another and the laws surrounding cycling safety. Ride, drive and be safe Ottawa ! If you have a question that relates to Ottawa cycling and accidents, please contact us and we can give you any information you need. As Ottawa personal injury lawyers, it is our goal to help promote safety in any way we can so that fewer Ottawa accidents occur.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates have been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims since 1999. Our lawyers devote themselves to promoting safety in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer free consultations and make home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call (613) 978-9549 or (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . If you have any questions, we would be happy to help.
Ottawa Police safety blitz to focus on Ottawa cycling safety and what you can do to avoid a bicycle accident.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. Our Ottawa Police will be conducting a safety blitz for Ottawa cyclists . They plan to mainly target Ottawa’s downtown core most of next week. Specifically they will be looking to remind cyclists ..
- to stop at all stop signs and red lights,
-use proper hand signals,
-exercise caution when crossing intersections.
-shoulder check and signal all lane changes, turns and stops.
-be bright and visible at night
-share the road with other cyclists and drivers.
-recognize and be mindful of blind spots around cars, trucks and buses.
-cycle on the right side of the road.
-ride only in the designated direction on one-way streets.
-stay off sidewalks.
-wear a helmet if under 18.
-have a bell, gong, or horn on your bike.
Did you know that approximately 7,500 cyclists are seriously injured each year in Canada? Did you also know that most bicycle injuries and accidents occur during the afternoon rush hour ? 18% of cyclists killed in traffic accidents are under the age of 16 ? 34% of cyclists who were killed were hit by a vehicle in the dark ?
These statistic are alarming. As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer I urge both drivers and cyclists to be aware of the safety steps that can be taken that may very well save a life. Both drivers and cyclists need to be extremely aware of one another and share the road accordingly. Ottawa has seen our share of tragic cycling accidents in the past few years , despite how many wonderful paths and what a great cycling culture we have here in Ottawa. If you are out there on our roads as a cyclists or drivers, please do everything you can to make it a safe ride for everyone.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates has been helping Ottawa and Ontario bicycle accident victims since 1999. Our firm is dedicated to promoting safety in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. When accidents happen, we know how hard life gets and we are here to help by offering free consultations and making home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call (613) 978-9549 or (613) 237-4922 ext.203 . If you have any questions, we would be happy to help.
Ottawa Cycling Accident. Sadly, a 35 year old Ottawa cyclist was rushed to a Ottawa hospital after being struck on his bicycle on Bank Street this morning. Ottawa Paramedics rushed to the cycling accident close to Riverside Drive. Upon arrival at the hospital,the cyclist was said to have been in stable condition; however with severe abdominal and head injuries. Often times cycling accidents have very severe consequences and sadly many cyclists suffer very serious injuries including brain injuries and head injuries. I hope this is not the case here and this cyclist is able to recover fully.
It’s important to know that if you are injured in a cycling accident, you are able to access Ontario accident benefits through the driver’s insurance. There are many insurance benefits available to cyclists in Ontario. If you are in doubt of what you cyclists are entitled to, consult with a personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive proper treatments and maximum compensation.
David Hollingsworth is a personal injury lawyer practicing in Ottawa. His Ottawa injury team dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario drivers, cyclists, passengers and pedestrians obtain all the help, support and compensation needed following an accident and for the years to come . For more information relating to Ottawa accidents, cycling in Ottawa, Ontario insurance as it relates to cycling accidents, or the rights of cyclists in Ontario contact us at www.ottawainjury.ca ,or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (613) 978-9549
Ottawa bicycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. It looks to be a gorgeous day in Ottawa and I suspect many people will be getting their bicycles out for the first time this year. Cycling is an amazing activity. Sadly, it is not an activity without it’s risks. There are many things drivers and cyclists can do to help reduce the likelihood of a cycling accident. There are also a number of laws in Ottawa surrounding cycling and cycling safety.
For example, did you know that in certain circumstances a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle and that any collisions must be reported to Ottawa police if injuries or damages are in excess of $1,000 ? It’s important to treat a cycling accident like you would a motor vehicle accident. Gather all the information such as names, phone numbers, witnesses, insurance information, policy numbers etc. As soon as possible, write out your account of what happened in the accident and keep this information in a safe place. Cyclists who are hit by a motor vehicle are entitled to compensation through the driver’s insurance company and Ontario accident benefits.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act is also quite specific when it comes to bicycles. If it’s a 1/2 hour before sunset or 1/2 hour after sunrise, or anytime there is reduced visibility. By law, every bicycle must be fully equipped with…
- A working bell or horn (A fine of $85 can be issued if you are cycling without a working bell or horn)
- A working braking system on the rear wheel (A fine of $85 can be issued if you are cycling without a proper working braking system)
- A front light (white) (A fine of $20 can be issued if you are cycling without lights)
- A rear light (red) or red rear reflector
- 2 pieces of white reflective tape on front forks
- 2 pieces of red reflective tape on rear forks
In Ottawa, bicycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists under 16 years of age. A fine of $60.00 can be issued for not wearing a helmet. All helmets must be CSA or CPSC certified. All helmets need to fit properly and close to the head and all bicycle helmet straps need to fit properly under the ears.
A few basic pathway rules are…
- Cycle on the right of the yellow centre line
- Be cautious when passing others
- Always use a bell/voice/horn when passing others
- Whenever possible use hand turn signals
- Cycle at a reasonable speed
- Exercise caution while cycling in the evening. Slow down, wear bright colored clothes and turn on all bicycle lights
Cyclists who do not yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks are subject to a $85.00 fine.
Cyclists who do not walk their bikes at crosswalks are subject to $85.00
The following are not considered to be bicycles and therefore have different laws :
- Limited speed motorcycles
- Motor assisted bicycles
- Segway Transporters
- Low speed vehicles
- Motorized scooters
- Pocket bikes
Please enjoy your day out on your bicycles and ride safely. Sadly, I meet too regularly with Ottawa bicycle accident victims who have bit hit, doored or suffered serious personal injuries as a result of a cycling accident. Both drivers and cyclists have their role in helping reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents. Let’s work together on this Ottawa !
David Hollingsworth is a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa Ontario. His Ottawa personal injury team dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario drivers, passengers, riders and pedestrians receive all the help, support and maximum compensation following an accident . For more information relating to Ottawa accidents, cycling in Ottawa, Ontario insurance, or the rights of cyclists in Ontario contact us a twww.ottawainjury.ca ,or email email@example.com or call (613) 978-9549
Ottawa cycling accident Rockliffe Parkway and Aviation Parkway results in serious head injury, ankle injury and shoulder injury.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.. Sadly, I knew it wouldn’t be long with this warm weather. A Ottawa cycling accident has occurred; however this Ottawa cycling accident was between 2 cyclists. A 56-year-old cyclist suffered a serious head injury when his bicycle hit another cyclist on the Rockliffe Parkway this afternoon. The second cyclist was stopped at the side of the road, east of the Aviation Parkway when he was struck.
The impact was significant and the cyclist was thrown into the air upon impact. He was rushed to a Ottawa hospital in serious but thankfully stable condition. The other cyclist was treated for a serious ankle injury and shoulder injury and was also rushed to a Ottawa hospital in stable condition. I hope both cyclists are able to recover from this accident.
Cyclists have many rights to compensation when it comes to insurance claims and medical coverage. It is always best to consult with a Ottawa personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in a Ottawa cycling accident or a cycling accident in Ontario.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates . We are the top Ottawa injury lawyers team devoted to ensuring our clients get it all : the help, support and maximum compensation following Ontario accidents, including bicycle accidents. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information relating to Ottawa accidents, insurance claims in Ontario , personal injury or events in our community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (613) 978-9549
Ottawa accident Rockcliffe parkway, cycling accident rockliffe and aviation parkway
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. I was out visiting a client in Rockland today and as I was driving around Rockland. I couldn’t help but notice how many people were out on their bicycles . That’s great for so so many reasons. We are all excited for spring to arrive and with spring comes more pedestrians, cyclist, motorcycles, ATV etc. I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone of a few things you can do to help keep yourself safe and our Ottawa roads safe.
-The Ottawa Police have a great website that offers the following tips:
-Make sure your helmet is on and fits properly.
-Your bicycle helmet should be snug and not move around.
-Your bicycle helmet should sit two finger-widths above your brows.
-The straps of your helmet should form a V below and around both ears.
-You should not be able to get more than 2 fingers between the chin strap and your chin.
-Ottawa and Ontario cyclists must wear a helmet by law if they are under 18 years of age.
-Do not wear a hat under a helmet. This is not safe.
-Helmets only reduce personal injuries, they do not prevent accidents from happening.
-Do not use a helmet that has already been in an accident.
-All bicycle helmets need to be CSA, CPSC, Snell B-95, or a N-94 certification sticker.
-Remember that motorists and cyclists share the roadways.
-Cyclists must also follow the rules of the road. The Ontario Highway Traffic Act, the Ottawa Traffic and Ottawa Parking Bylaw state that cyclists:
-Stop at all stop signs and stop at red lights, and properly signal any changes in lanes.
-Ottawa cyclists must remain on the right side of the road
-Do not ride your bicycle on sidewalks.
-Have a bell, gong, or horn on your bicycle.
-If you are riding at night, make sure your bicycle is well lit.
Please be safe out there. Ottawa has had far too many bicycle accidents and we all need to obey the rules of the road. Have a great and happy spring on your bicycle Ottawa !
Ontario Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates . We are a dedicated team of Ontario personal injury lawyers who help clients get all the help, support and compensation following accidents in Ontario. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information relating to Ottawa accidents, Ontario insurance claims, personal injury or events in our community. Call (613) 978-9549 or email email@example.com
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Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates…We were thrilled to be able to help a 74 year old client last month. He was riding a bicycle in the United States and was hit by a car. Thankfully he was ok but he did suffer a fractured pelvis and a left tibia fracture. We were able to help him and negotiated on his behalf with the insurance company. We were able to get him support and compensation as well as $107 500.00 for what he had been through. Our client was so thankful and we were happy to help.
Accidents that take place in another country can still receive compensation. Many people are unaware that an Ontario personal injury lawyer can pursue a claim on their behalf. While accidents in other countries sometimes complicate a claim, experienced personal injuries lawyers know exactly what to do.
This is just one of many cases we were able to settle last month. We have built such an incredible team of injury lawyers, paralegals and personal injury specialists that we are able to help hundreds of personal injury clients each year. We have over 20 years of experience in Ontario personal injury law.We are fortunate that we are the ones who provide “good news” after a terrible and tragic event. Our clients have all been so wonderful and appreciative along the way. We really do understand and care. It’s our job as Ottawa personal injury lawyers to help make things better and we do. If you want to ask us ANY question that relates to personal injury, Ontario insurance, Ontario accident benefits or accidents in general, we are here for you. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thank you Ottawa Police, Ottawa Pathway Program, Right bike and Citizens for Safe Cycling for trying to reduce Ottawa cycling accidents.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents, Personal Injury Claims, bicycle /cycling accidents on November 7th, 2012
As an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, I want to personally thank the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Pathway Program, Right Bike and the Citizens for Safe Cycling. Yesterday they were involved in a fantastic Ottawa safety initiative. 200 bicycle lights were handed out yesterday to cyclists who did not have proper lighting on their bicycles. This is part of a bicycle safety awareness campaign that had Ottawa Police Traffic enforcement officers stopping cyclists who do not have the proper lights on their bicycles. Many volunteers from Citizens for Safe Cycling, Right Bike and the City of Ottawa Pathway Patrol Program provided the free lights and bells and also went as far as showing cyclists how to install them properly.
Cyclists need to be visible when cycling. Cyclists share the road with other cyclists, drivers and pedestrians. Now that it is getting darker, these safety measures become much more important.
Did you know that the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) states that all cyclists must have a working front light and minimum rear reflector, as well as a working bell? The lack of proper lights and bells are the two most common offencesOttawa Police have come across when they have ran enforcement blitzes with a focus on cyclists. Seems to me, there is an easy fix here.
Please, ensure that when you are cycling you have taken all precautions for a safe ride. We have lost far too many cyclists here in Ottawa to preventable accidents. On the flip side, to everyone sharing the roads, cyclists,drivers and pedestrians, please be aware that you are sharing the roads and remain in control. Any accident can happen in a split second and can be life-altering. Ride, drive and walk safely.
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Ottawa teenage cyclist accident McArthur avenue and Lafontaine results in serious personal injury: back injury.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Personal Injury Claims, bicycle /cycling accidents on November 2nd, 2012
Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. A 14 year old boy remains in an Ottawa hospital after being hit by a vehicle yesterday when he was riding his bicycle. The Ottawa cycling accident occurred at the corner of McArthur Avenue and Lafontaine Avenue in the early morning hours. The teenage Ottawa cyclist was hit and landed on the hood of the car that hit him and then fell to the ground. He suffered very serious personal injury; including a back injury. He remains in stable condition. I’m thankful he is alive and my thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very stressful time.
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Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents, Personal Injury Claims, bicycle /cycling accidents, wrongful death on October 19th, 2012
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates… Tragically, a 27 year old female cyclist has died. She was hit by a car last night , close to Carleton University. The terrible Ottawa accident occurred on Bronson Avenue. Although an off-duty paramedic was able to treat the accident victim before the ambulance arrived, it was not enough. She was rushed to the Ottawa Trauma Centre at the Civic Hospital and was in multi-system traumas. Sadly, she was pronounced dead in the Ottawa Trauma Centre. The accident is still under investigation. Ottawa Police are not considering this accident a hit and run accident. Ottawa Police have also reported that there is no evidence that speed was a factor in deadly accident. My thoughts go out to her friends and family at this very sad and difficult time.
Ottawa Police need assistance and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact Constable Kevin Bradford at 613-236-1222 ext. 2470 or please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
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