Ottawa Police supporting motorcycle accident safety, aiming to reduce Ottawa accidents.

Ottawa Motorcycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth.  With the nice weather here, more and more motorcycles will be out on the roads and highway. We hope that all drivers are extra cautious and watching out for motorcycles that may be in your blind spot . Obviously motorcycles are much smaller than cars or trucks and are often more difficult to see.

Ottawa Police along with  Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation are working at reducing Ottawa motorcycle accidents by introducing their  “Keep an Eye Out for Motorcycles” campaign. The main messages of the campaign is for motorists to share the roads and watch out for one another. Ottawa has also announced that  May will be  “Motorcycle Awareness and Safety Month” .

As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer I meet regularly with people who have been in a motorcycle accident and have become severely injured. The reality is that motorcycle drivers have much less protection and often the injuries are devastating.  Both motorists and motorcyclist need to share the road and be aware of one another.

Here are a few tips for drivers when it comes to motorcycles:

  • Motorcycles require full lane and are no different than  other vehicles.
  • Share the road
  • Follow at least 2 seconds or 2 chevrons behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • Most motorcycle accidents happen between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., so be extra vigilant during these times.
  • Over 1/3 of motorcycle accident happen at intersections. Be extra vigilant.
  • Slow down at intersections.
  • Avoid tailgating as this can be more dangerous to  motorcyclists with less protection.
  • Give motorcyclists enough room to change lanes. Although they are smaller, they still need room.
  • Check  mirrors often so you know where other vehicles are.

We can all put a little more effort into keeping our Ottawa roads a little safer. Motorcyclists and drivers have their role to play. Let’s play together and keep our Ottawa roads safe.


Ottawa accident highway 417 sends 4 children to CHEO with personal injuries.

Ottawa Accident Highway 417

A terrible accident last night has left one young boy at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario with serious personal injuries after being thrown out of the vehicle upon impact. The Ottawa accident occurred on Hwy. 417, close to the Pinecrest exit. The most seriously injured was a young 6 year old boy who had severe road-rash injuries and was rushed to CHEO in serious but thankfully stable condition. 3 other children, a 1 yr old boy, 10 year old boy and 11 year old girl were also treated for personal injuries and brought to CHEO. I wish everyone a full and hopefully a speedy recovery.

There were also 2 other adult passengers in the vehicle . They escaped without injury. The Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the accident. If you witnessed this accident on Highway 417  or have any information that could help in the investigation, please contact the Ottawa Police.

Since 1999 , David Hollingsworth  has been a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa Ontario and has built a team of experienced personal injury lawyers dedicated to safety and helping families through the most difficult days following an accident in Ontario.


Ottawa accident Eagleson and Hazeldean sends man to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre with severe injuries.

Injury Lawyers Ottawa David Hollingsworth

Last night, a 65 year old male was rushed to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre in critical condition. He was injured in an accident when his minivan hit  a street cleaning vehicle from behind , on Eagleson Road near Hazeldean. The Ottawa accident occurred close to 9 p.m.

Ottawa rescue crews needed to use  the jaws of life to free the man from his vehicle.  At the accident scene, the man was treated for a collapsed lung and severe injuries to his chest and lower limbs. Ottawa police are investigating the cause of the accident, if you have any information, please contact the Ottawa Police.  I wish this man a full a healthy recovery. He is in excellent hands at the Ottawa Hospital .

Our lawyers help wherever we can and this includes preventing accidents and educating Ontario drivers. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca .


Kanata bicycle accident. Child rushed to Ottawa hospital with severe child head injury.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Now that spring is here ( at least until tomorrow) , the bicycles are out.  Many people are biking to work , school and just about anywhere on their bicycles.  Unfortunately, this also means an increased chance of cycling accidents in the Ottawa area. Sadly, Ottawa bicycle accidents have already begun and a 17-year-old teenage girl was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in serious condition with  a severe head injury. She had been biking in Kanata this morning, when she was hit by a car as she crossed the street. The Kanata bicycle accident took place at Shirley’s Brook Drive close Kinross Private early this morning . When Ottawa rescue crews arrived, the young girl seemed confused , which is a sign of a closed head injury. A head injury can be a devastating and life changing injury. I wish this young girl a full recovery and I hope she is able to completely get through this accident. My thoughts are with her, her family and her friends at this incredible stressful time.

Many cycling accidents result in severe head injuries.  A head injury can be a catastrophic injury and must be diagnosed and treated properly.  We have many clients who have suffered a head injury and felt fine immediately following their accident.  In some instances, the true effects of their head injury don’t manifest until days later, in some cases, it can even be months later.  That is why it is critical that a head injury not be taken lightly. If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury; go see a doctor and listen to your doctor.  If you are suffering from a concussion, you will likely be advised to rest, avoid screens, loud noises and busy activities. In a nut shell you want to give your brain a chance to rest as much as possible. Yes, this means a complete shut down if possible ! Your doctor will best advise you of how long and exactly what you will need to do. Take care of yourself and your concussion.


Ottawa rollover accident Queensway and Moodie results in severe facial injuries.

Ottawa Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates. A Ottawa accident yesterday afternoon has left a 51-year-old with several severe facial injuries. The Ottawa accident took place on the Queensway’s eastbound off-ramp at Moodie drive when the vehicle hit a light and then rolled over. The driver was alone at the time of the accident and was rushed to a Ottawa hospital in stable condition. Facial injuries can be a life long devastating injury. I wish them a full recovery from this accident.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates are  Ontario injury lawyers dedicated to helping our clients get all the help, support and compensation after an accident Ontario accident. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information relating to Ottawa accidents,  insurance claims in Ontario , personal injury or events in our community. Email  david@ottawainjury.ca or call (613) 978-9549

Ottawa Rollover Accident Queensway and Moodie


Carleton Place accident tragic death of Madeleine Havelock and Thomas Guerette and leaves 4 others with severe personal injuries.

Carleton Place Accident

What a terrible and tragic start to Easter weekend. Sadly, 2 young university students died on their way home from Trent University to visit their families for Easter.  4 other people also suffered serious personal injuries last night after a terrible accident in Beckwith Township, close to Lanark. The accident took place on Richmond Road,  just south of Carleton Place and involved 2 vehicles. Tragically 21-year-old Madeleine Havelock and 22-year-old Thomas Guerette were found trapped in their car and pronounced dead at accident scene. They were travelling with a 21-year-old woman who suffered a severe pelvic fracture and a serious head injury. She remains in critical condition.  I hope she is able to fully recover from this devastating accident.

3 others people were also injured. A 23-year-old man driving suffered a shoulder injury, while his passengers suffered serious personal injuries. One had severe abdominal injuries and a 16-year-old suffered serious injuries to his back and shoulders. They were rushed to  the Carleton Place Hospital. I hope they are all able to recover from these injuries.

We never want to hear about accidents like this and it is tough to imagine the devastation for these suffering families.

 

 


Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Although it doesn’t look or feel like it, spring is officially here.  With the warm weather coming , more Ottawa pedestrians will be taking to the streets. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

To avoid a pedestrian accident, you should…

  • always cross at crossways or traffic lights
  • be alert
  • ensure drivers see you before you cross any road;
  • only cross a road when traffic has stopped;
  • be cautious when crossing and do so promptly. Don’t waste time and make sure you get completely across before the light changes.
  • do not wear headphones to listen to music. You need to hear the sounds around you.
  • be aware of cars that may be turning and may not be able to see you;
  • as much as possible, wear bright clothing or reflective wear and make yourself as visible as possible.  Most of all, use common sense.

Accident benefits for pedestrian accidents

Did you know that pedestrians are entitled to accident benefits is they become injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident? A personal injury insurance claim is mad through the drivers insurance company and things like income replacement benefits, rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, hospital expenses, loss of education expenses, housekeeping, expenses of visitors etc.. can be covered

There are far too many Ottawa pedestrian accidents each year and sadly, most of them could be avoided.  Both motorists and pedestrians need to ensure that they are doing everything they can to keep Ottawa roads safe and accident free. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are top Ottawa personal injury lawyers  who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario pedestrians get all the help, support and maximum compensation after an Ontario accident.

Feel free to contact our Ottawa injury law firm with any questions you may have and we would be happy to help.


Ottawa accident highway 401 and highway 416 sends 2 to hospital with hip injury, pelvis injury, shoulder injury and severe leg fracture.

Brockville Accident

Accident highway 401

An accident on Highway 401, east of Brockville Friday resulted in a 20 car pileup accident and left  two people with serious personal injuries. The accident occurred close to Maitland and the  416  split. Although the snow storm only lasted 5 minutes, it caused a lot of damage and injury.  Cars and tractor trailers were swerving all over the highway and one tractor trailer caught flames. Given the number of vehicles involved in the accident, it’s no wonder there were not more injuries. Ottawa paramedics reported that a 68 year old woman suffered a hip injury, pelvis injury and shoulder injuries.  They also reported that a 33 year old man suffered a fractured leg.

Thankfully many drivers were able to pullover to safety as the intense snow storm began.  There is no doubt that this helped in keeping the number of injured down to 2. The Ottawa Police and the Ontario Provincial Police are investigating the accident. I am so thankful no one died and I hope that the 2 people who did suffer personal injury are able to recover fully from this terrible accident.

Our personal injury lawyers travel to Brockville on a regular basis to help people who have been injured or lost a loved on in a Brockville accident. We are able to sit down and discuss what are the best options given the nature of the accident and the extent of the injuries.  All of our consultations are free.  It’s important for our lawyers to establish a comfortable relationship with our clients and that at any given time throughout their case, they know they can come to us with anything. Our clients tell us that’s what distinguished us from other personal injury lawyers and that’s one of the many reasons they hire us.

If you would like to hear from us or other clients we have helped following a Brockville accident, let us know. We would be help.

 

 


Are you part of the Ottawa community? What you can do to reduce the number of Ottawa accidents each year. Lawyer David Hollingsworth asks for your help.

Accidents at Schools

I am once again asking all drivers to think about their driving and the decisions they make behind the wheel each day. I am thrilled to share with you that the Ottawa Police are focusing on school bus and school zone safety this month in the Ottawa area. Over the last few years, 9 people suffered personal injury in 41  schools zone accidents.  These accidents were avoidable.

Another area of focus this month for Ottawa drivers will be to reduce the number of drivers making unsafe lane changes. There have been over 5500 Ottawa accidents in the last few years that were caused by unsafe lane changes. These Ottawa accidents resulted in 4 deaths and over 600 people suffering personal injuries.  Again, these are accidents that can be avoided ! Ottawa police are working hard at lowering accidents in Ottawa with the end goal of  preventing or eliminating deaths and serious personal injuries. As an Ottawa community, we all have our part in reducing the number of Ottawa accidents each year, especially school accidents. Let’s all work together.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have helped many people work through their options following an accident on school property or on a school bus. Sadly, accidents at schools happen regularly and children suffer serious injuries.  You owe it to yourself and especially your child to meet with one of our personal injury lawyers experienced in child injury. We can sit down and walk you r through your options free of charge so that you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed with a child injury on school property. Our personal injury lawyers can also help you meet with some of the top medical professionals in the Ottawa area when it comes to child injuries.  Let us get your child maximum compensation and let yourself focus on your child.


Congratulations Ottawa ! Yesterday’s snowstorm resulted in 95 accidents, none with serious injuries .

Ottawa Snow Storm

Well done Ottawa.  We survived what seemed to be an incredible amount of snow fall yesterday.  It was recorded that we received close to 15 centimeters but it did feel like much more.  In Ottawa/Gatineau there were a reported 95 car accidents. Ottawa paramedics responded to 26 accident related calls but thankfully no serious injuries were reported.  I say well done. While it would have been great to avoid all accidents, in weather like yesterday’s, it is bound to happen. The fact that there were no serious injuries tells me that Ottawa drivers are driving more cautiously and adjusting their driving to the conditions of the roads . Well done Ottawa. (Maybe you all read my earlier post on safe driving in winter weather ) All kidding aside, I think this is great.

Continue to use your best driving skills as we aren’t out of the woods yet.  Ottawa roads are covered in snow and may make for challenging driving conditions. Most of all ensure you have enough space between you and the driver in front of you. Slow down and eyes on the road at all times !

Safe travels home ..and if you are like me, safe travels to your kids extra-curricular activities once you get home !