April showers bring May Motorcycle Accident Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Accident Safety Awareness Month

As the weather gets warmer, more and more motorcycles will be on the road. Whether you are on two wheels or four, it’s everybody’s responsibility to drive safely and provide a safe environment for all road users.


Here are some quick tips to promote motorcycle accident safety:

• Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection.
• Motorcycles are smaller than most cars and trucks so they may look farther away than they are. For that reason, it may also be difficult to judge a motorcycle’s speed. When checking traffic to turn at an intersection or into a driveway, always assume a motorcycle is closer than it looks.
• Motorcycles can be easily hidden in a car’s blind spots. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check traffic, whether you’re changing lanes or turning at intersections.
• Motorcyclists often slow down by downshifting so you may not always see a brake light. Always keep a safe distance away. At intersections, motorcyclists sometimes slow down without warning.
• Turn signals on a motorcycle usually are not self-canceling. Some riders may forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change.
• Motorcyclists often move within a lane to be seen more easily or to avoid road debris, passing vehicles and wind.
• While bikes are much easier to maneuver than a car or truck, don’t always expect that motorcyclists will be able to get out of the way in an emergency situation.
• When a motorcycle is in motion, don’t think of it as a motorcycle; think of it as a person.

Motorcycles are considered motor vehicles and follow the same rules as trucks and cars when it comes to accidents and insurance claims. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, it’s important you get informed. 

Keep motorcycle riders safe on the road during motorcycle safety and all year around. Please share the road.


Compensation for motorcycle accident on highway 17

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Motorcycle accidents can be serious and the injuries are often long lasting.

Motorcycle accidents can be serious and the injuries are often long lasting.

Accident Scenario:

Ottawa is surrounded by many highways and open roads.  As summer wraps up and fall is in full swing, the number of motorcycle drivers decreases. Our spring, summer and fall weather are amazing and allow for more vehicles on the road; in particular , motorcycles. The latest statistics from Statistics Canada show that in 2013 there were 198 motorcyclists fatalities and the percentage of fatalities and serious injuries by road user class was 10.3% fatalities and 11.6 % serious injuries. The Globe and Mail also reported that Motorcycle riders in Canada are at least 15 times more likely to be involved in a crash than automobile drivers. Are you surprised by this statistic ? Our Ottawa injury lawyer aren’t.

It goes without saying that most motorcycle accidents result in very serious injuries. Motorcyclists are a lot less protected when it comes to accidents. Sometimes, even at slower speeds, a motorcycle accident can result in very serious injuries. Our Ottawa injury lawyers often receive calls and requests for free consultations.  Often times it is tricky to determine who is at fault, what will insurance cover and what compensation motorcycle drivers are entitled to. One of our Ottawa injury lawyers recently settled a motorcycle accident case.

Injuries Resulting From Accident:

Our client “SH” was a 58 year old male from Brockville who loved to ride his motorcycle. Unfortunately one day, his ride was like none other.  He was on his motorcycle when suddenly the defendant driver turned left in front of him. The accident took place on Highway 17. As a result of the motorcycle accident, SH suffered a fractured femur and tibia requiring open reduction and internal fixation surgeries.

Compensation for Injury:

Our client was an arborist by trade. Unfortunately , the injuries resulting from the motorcycle accident left him unable to work . After mandatory mediation , our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to negotiate on our client’s behalf and reach a very favourable  settlement with the insurance company of the driver who had made the left turn in the amount of $265,000.00 on the tort side of his injury lawsuit. On the Ontario Accident Benefits side of the injury lawsuit, SH continues to receive medical benefits  and rehabilitation benefits from his insurer in addition to weekly income replacement benefits. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were happy to help SH get the compensation he needed, as well as make sure his future medical needs are being covered.

*Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.


Ottawa motorcycle accident lawyers discuss causes, laws and insurance claims.

Ottawa Motorcycle Accidents

What a day ! It’s absolutely gorgeous outside and as we head into the weekend we wanted to remind drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles. There will no doubt be many more people out on the roads with this nice weather.  Our Ottawa injury team hopes that the increased number of motorcycles on the roads doesn’t mean an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents.

Did you know that between 2008 and 2012 there were 776 motorcycle accidents in Ottawa areas ? these motorcycle accidents resulted in 517 serious injuries and 13 deaths.

What are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Ottawa ?

A motorcycle accident can be caused by anyone. The most common motorcycle accidents we see typically caused by vehicles making a left hand into an oncoming motorcycle, vehicles changing lanes and not leaving enough room for a motorcycle to get by, other drivers failing to see motorcycles; and drivers and motorcycles not having enough time and distance to break safely.

Unfortunately, when it comes to motorcycle accidents, motorcycles don’t offer the same type of protection that a car or truck offers.  In most cases, when a motorcycle and a car collide, the motorcycle driver sustains the most serious injuries. Most motorcycle accidents results in orthopaedic injuries, fractures, severe scrapes and scars, amputation injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and often times result in death.

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In Ontario, a motorcycle is considered to be a motor vehicle and therefore follows the same rules under the Highway Traffic Act, as well as The Insurance Bureau of Canada. What this means is that if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it follows exactly the same rules as a car accident.  Depending on the extent of the accident, it must be reported to police and depending on the extent of the injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident, an insurance claim can be made and accident benefits can be accessed.

Accident Benefits for Motorcycle Accidents

Anyone seriously injured in a motorcycle accident can apply for accident benefits through their own insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver involved in the accident.  In the rare situation where there is no insurance for either driver an application can be made to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. Typical accident benefits for motorcycle accidents include: income replacement benefits, caregiver benefits, housekeeping benefits, medical and rehabilitation benefits, and death benefits.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident it’s best you consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents.  Most lawyers offer free consultations and can sit down with you at your home or hospital and walk you through what options you have after a motorcycle accident. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in maximizing motorcycle accident insurance claims. Let our experience and hard work ethic work for you. You have been through enough.

Call a personal injury lawyer Ottawa residents know and trust, call us for a free consultation.


Second Dr. Chow motorcycle accident leaves Dr Chow with broken ankle, cracked ribs, a head concussion and a possible injured clavicle.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.

When we first hear of a motorcycle accident, immediately we think that most likely the motorcycle driver must be severely injured. It goes without saying that if a motorcycle and a car or truck collide, the motorcycle driver will inevitably suffer the most injuries.  There just isn’t enough protective equipment in the world for that to have a different outcome. When we heard of Dr Chow’s motorcycle accident, we thought it must be bad. It wasn’t long ago that all of Ottawa heard the shocking news that the Ottawa Senators team doctor, Dr. Chow was in a terrible motorcycle accident.   Thankfully he survived and recovered. Now, almost 3 years to the day he has been in another motorcycle accident. Dr Chow’s motorcycle accident occurred on Fisher Avenue at Prince of Wales Drive  on Sunday afternoon as he drove in to cover a colleagues shift at the Ottawa hospital.  It was reported that  Dr. Chow suffered a broken ankle, cracked ribs, a head concussion and a possible  injured clavicle. Ottawa police  stated that a vehicle that hit the motorcycle was making an  improper left  turn and right into the path of Dr. Chow’s motorcycle.

We are so thankful that Dr. Chow’s motorcycle accident was not as severe as his previous motorcycle accident.  I have had the pleasure of attending several events where Dr. Chow has spoken about his accident, his road to recovery and his dedication to the Ottawa community.  I even have close relatives who have had Dr. Chow as their surgeon.  Dr. Chow is  with the Ottawa Senators ,  is an associate professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa and is also well established in the sporting community.

His recovery is inspirational and I hope he is able to recover fully from this most recent accident.

 

 


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 motorcycle accident Fisher avenue results in wrist injury and leg injury.

Ottawa Motorcycle Accident

An Ottawa motorcycle accident has resulted in one man  in an Ottawa hospital. He suffered personal injuries when his motorcycle and a car crashed on Fisher avenue, close to  Carling avenue.  The motorcycle driver was a 64 year old man . He was driving a 3 wheel motorcycle when another vehicle crashed into him. On impact, he flew off the motorcycle and rolled over the hood of the car. He suffered injuries to his wrist and legs. Ottawa police are investigating the accident. I am thankful the motorcycle driver is alive and I hope he is able to recover fully from his injuries.

Motorcycle Safety

Did you know that between 2008 and 2012, there were 776 accidents involving motorcycles? These motorcycle accidents lead to  in 517 injuries and 13 fatalities.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers represent people who have been injured in a motorcycle accident get the support and compensation they need .Every motorcycle accident is unique; however, the most common injuries we see after a motorcycle accident are:

  • Amputations and disfigurement
  • Head injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Broken bones
  • Fractures
  • Road rash
  • Scrapes

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident in Ontario you are most likely entitled to accident benefits compensation through your own insurance company or the insurance company of the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident.

You owe it to yourself to get all the medical and rehabilitative treatments you need as well as compensation for the future and moving forward.  Depending on the severity of your injuries, your injuries may be deemed catastrophic, in which case, you are entitled to a significantly higher level of accident benefits.

Whatever the extent of your injuries are, it’s important that you get a proper diagnosis and top level medical and rehabilitative treatments. Contact one of out Ottawa motorcycle accident lawyers for a free consultation and let them walk you through your options, so you can best decide how you want to proceed.

 

 


Ottawa motorcycle accident in Orleans results in tragic death.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Motorcycle Accident, Sadly, a 24-year-old man has dies after an Ottawa motorcycle accident in Orleans on Friday night. the Ottawa motorcycle accident occurred at the corner of Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard and Avignon Crescent. when Ottawa rescue crews arrived, the man had no vital signs and multiple critical head injuries, despite the fact he was wearing a helmet at the time of the Ottawa motorcycle accident. Despite Ottawa paramedics trying to resuscitate the motorcycle driver, he was pronounced dead in the emergency room of the Ottawa Hospital. My thoughts are with his family and friends and this incredibly sad time..

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa motorcycle accident West Hunt Club Road results in serious leg fracture.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A 45-year-old man is in an Ottawa hospital . He was involved in an accident when his motorcycle collided with a car in Nepean yesterday afternoon close to West Hunt Club Road near Merivale. The motorcycle driver suffered serious injuries, including a serious leg fracture and cuts to his face. He remains in an Ottawa hospital in serious but thankfully, stable condition. The Ottawa Police are investigating this Ottawa accident. If you have an information in regards to this Ottawa accident, please contact the Ottawa Police.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer and Accident Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario  injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer and Accident Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, Ottawa accidents, personal injury, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ontario insurance, Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. 

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Ottawa motorcycle accident : man rushed to Ottawa hospital in critical condition

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth…Sadly, an Ottawa  man in his 30s is in critical condition after a serious motorcycle accident , when he hit a  guardrail in Ottawa’s east end yesterday afternoon. Ottawa rescue services arrived  to Highway 174’s east off-ramp on Blair Road, shortly after 2:00 in the afternoon. The man had suffered serious personal injuries  to his chest and limbs and was rushed to an Ottawa hospital in critical condition. Ottawa police are continuing to investigate. If you have any information relating to this Ottawa motorcycle accident, please contact the Ottawa Police. My thoughts are with this man, his friends and family and I hope his condition improves significantly today…

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information, call (613) 978-9549 or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca

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Ottawa motorcycle accident results in orthopedic injuries and possible head injury and spinal injury. Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth — A terrible Ottawa motorcycle accident resulted in 2 young adults being rushed to an Ottawa  hospital early this morning, after a motorcycle accident at Daly Avenue. Ottawa Paramedic treated 2 people for serious personal injuries. A young woman in her 20s was treated for serious orthopedic injuries -fractured arm and possible head injury and spinal injury.  A 23-year-old man was treated for serious personal injuries including a fractured arm.  Thankfully , they both were in stable condition by the time they arrived at the hospital.  My thoughts are with them and their families at this very stressful time. I hope to soon be able to share some better news on their recovery.

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog reports on accidents in eastern Ontario, personal injury issues, local Ottawa news and events and various news that relates to Ottawa, accidents and personal injury. Visit  www.ottawainjury.ca for more information, call (613) 978-9549 or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca

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