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The following information was found in the Ottawa Citizen. There has been a significant decline in the number of serious collisions and fatalities on highways the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) patrol during the first three months of 2009, OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, said today.
A 5.5 percent decrease in the number of fatal collisions on OPP- patrolled highways from January to March of 2009 compared to the same period in 2008 resulted in 12 fewer deaths. In 2008, 322 people were killed on roads the OPP patrolled, down from 451 in 2007, a 29 per cent decline.
“We are making progress, and it seems the message is getting through to motorists,” Fantino said. “But we still have a long way to go. Unfortunately, the main causes of the serious collisions and fatalities are still speed, alcohol and people not wearing seatbelts. The good news is that alcohol-related fatalities are down from ten in the first three months of 2008 to just one so far this year. Speed-related fatalities in the same period are down from 24 a year ago to 17 this year.”
Under section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act, motorists who drive 50 kilometres or more over the posted limit or perform stunts have their vehicles impounded and their driver’s licence suspended for seven days on the spot.
Police have charged 11,437 motorists under the section since the law was enacted in September of 2007. Of that total, the OPP have laid 8,580 of the charges.
Even though the seatbelt laws have been in effect for more than 30 years, some people are still not buckling up. So far this year there have been 11 fatalities attributed to seatbelt non-compliance compared to 19 over the same period in 2008.
The OPP attribute the decrease in the number of crashes to the effective enforcement of new legislation, introduction of speed limiters on commercial vehicles, increased OPP visibility on highways and increased media attention.
These factors are part of a comprehensive Provincial Traffic Safety Program initiated by the OPP in 2007.
“We will continue to be vigilant and use all the tools available to us in our effort to keep the roads we patrol safe for all motorists,” said OPP Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski, Commander of the Highway Safety Division (HSD). “The OPP makes traffic safety a key priority for all officers, whether they are on traffic patrol or not. Our goal is ensure the number of serious collisions and fatalities continue to decline throughout the rest of the year.”
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on April 8th, 2009
Eganville Car Accident -My sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Joseph Daniel Boyd. It is so sad to hear of such a young person dying. Ottawa Accident Lawyer — Regrettably, an 18-year-old man is dead after a car accident southwest of Eganville. At around 4:50 p.m., the driver lost control of his vehicle in the Raglan Township according to the Ontario Provincial Police. The car left the road and hit a tree before rolling over, and landed partially submerged in water. The result, sadly was the young death of Joseph Boyd, 18. He died from his personal injuries. The accident is under investigation, and police said they are considering alcohol as a factor. What a sad and traggic accident.
Source: The Ottawa Citizen
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, Ottawa Injury and Accidents on March 30th, 2009
Kingston Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth. Tragically, 78-year-old John Langley, of Perth died as a result of his personal injuries. Langley was driving the SUV that struck a hydro pole on Country Road 10 west of Gillies Corners. His 77-year-old wife Pamela Langley also died at the accident scene. John Langley was taken to a Kingston hospital in serious condition. Sadly, he died 4 days later. According to police, the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. My thoughts go out to this grieving family…
source -The Ottawa Citizen
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David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer specializing in personal injury representing motor vehicle accident victims since 1999. David practices with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience in representing accident victims, and helping personal injury accident victims get the maximum compensation they need at an incredibly difficult time. David offers free consultations, takes cases on contingency and travels to homes or hospital. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.
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Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents on March 13th, 2009
The death of a 49-year-old woman Thursday morning in a collision between a concrete truck and a car has revived the issue of removing heavy vehicle traffic from the King Edward area.
Police closed off the intersection of King Edward Avenue and St. Patrick Street for five hours following the fatal two-vehicle accident, which happened just before 10 a.m.
The truck was heading south on King Edward and the Toyota, driven by Samantha Wong, was westbound on St. Patrick when the collision occurred. The impact heavily damaged the car. Wong was rushed to the General campus of The Ottawa Hospital and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. The 56-year-old male truck driver was not injured. They were the only occupants of the vehicles.
Sam Wong, 49, was at work when he got a call from the hospital about his wife. When they suggested he bring along someone to drive him to the emergency room, he was prepared for the worst.
“I had a gut feeling,” he said. “I’ve seen these situations before.”
The couple and their sons, Kenneth, 16 and Michael, 15, had a family breakfast of bacon and eggs at their home in Gloucester Thursday morning before Sam drove his sons to school.
Samantha had likely planned to stop by the Chinese embassy on St. Patrick to finalize the paperwork for her visa before heading to work at Mendes Toyota. She was to leave for China on Tuesday, to visit her mother.
Wong and his family are dealing with the sudden loss of a “very, very caring” wife and mother.
“Everybody’s taking it very hard,” he said. “The boys really miss her big-time.”
Wong was fielding calls from friends and trying to track down his wife’s brother into Thursday evening.
When paramedics arrived, she showed no vital signs, and attempts to resuscitate her failed.
At the hospital, Wong was told that his wife likely died on impact.
The truck is owned by St. Marys Cement Group. A spokesman for the company would not comment.
Yesterday’s death adds to the list of traffic fatalities and injuries in the Lowertown area. Since 1997, at least five people have been killed and 26 injured in large vehicle incidents.
According to Lowertown Community Association president Angela Rickman, more than 3,500 trucks and 50,000 cars use King Edward Avenue daily driving to and from the Macdonald-Cartier Bridge.
Rickman says it’s time to make the area safer by limiting traffic.
“We need a new bridge, we need action on it,” said Rickman. “The only action we’ve had is more delay. To say a glacial pace is an insult to glaciers. This is ridiculous.
“We’ve got a number of levels of government that need to step in here and put their money where their mouth is.”
The presence of the bridge and the heavy traffic it attracts has an impact on life in the area.
“When I first started working here it was very startling,” said Zosia Religa, who works across from the crash site at Renaissance Holistic Health. “It felt like there was an earthquake.
“I would really like it if they could move the traffic elsewhere. They (the trucks) move at such fast speeds. It’s very noisy and there’s a lot of pollution.”
Ottawa-Vanier Liberal MPP Madeleine Meilleur said she will continue to lobby the federal and Quebec provincial governments for a new bridge.
Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man was fighting for his life Thursday night after his scooter collided with a car near Merivale Road, sending him to hospital with serious head injuries, a collapsed lung and broken legs, according to paramedics.
The woman driving the car suffered minor back injuries and was also transported to hospital. The collision occurred around 7:30 a.m. near Merivale between Baseline Road and Kirkwood Avenue. Police closed Merivale to north- and south-bound traffic for several hours following the collision.
source: The Ottawa Citizen
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, Ottawa Injury and Accidents, Personal Injury Claims on March 10th, 2009
I truly hope you aren’t in one but should you be, here are a few important things you should do:
Give all information about the accident to the police
Get names and addresses of parties involved and witnesses
Notify your insurance company of the accident and record insurance information
Notify your doctor, employer or school
Keep track of all medical and rehab appointments
Keep track of receipts of related expenses
Keep track of time family and friends have provided care
Check for other available health insurance coverage plans
And of course, call a personal injury lawyer….
Who ? I know…Call me – David Hollingsworth (613) 237-4922 ext 203 or (613) 978-9549
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents on February 6th, 2009
I was sad to read of another fatal accident occuring outside of Ottawa on Hwy 17 yesterday that claimed the life of a young woman. I then came across this article and couldn’t help but share it with you.
It’s snowing out this morning, please drive safely and take the extra few minutes to get there safely. -Dave
Last night’s fatal crash in Arnprior is the third incident on this stretch of Highway 17 this year and the Highway 17, which starts where Ottawa’s Highway 417 ends – a four lane highway that merges into two lanes traveling in opposite directions, stretches from Arnprior to Kenora and right into Manitoba. It is Ontario’s longest provincial highway spanning 1,960 kilometres, and one of Ontario’s most deadly.
In bad weather, Canadians who live along its route near the Arnprior (Ottawa) area are quick to point out that Highway 17 can be a terrible road to travel and with no concrete barrier separating traffic along some stretches, head-on collisions are all too common on this highway as drivers, for whatever reason, drift out of their lanes and cross into the path of oncoming vehicles.
Highway 17 is part of the Trans Canada Highway – Canada’s largest and massive transport network connecting highways from Newfoundland to British Columbia. It winds through large cities and small towns and is an artery of activity that seems to come with a price as thousands of Canadians have died on this network since its inception in 1933. It has its own website inviting Canadians to use the network to plan vacations and trips.
As beautiful as the network is, it falls short in its safety. The Canadian government and municipalities where stretches of the highway snake through have been petitioned by numerous families to spend the money to upgrade the highway’s infrastructure and make it safer, starting by twinning. This is done by digging a deep center median between a two lane highway, widening it to four and separating it with trees and grass. In some areas where this can’t be done, families of loved ones killed on two lane portions where traffic is separated by a white or yellow dividing line, have asked for concrete barriers or steel guardrails to be installed to separate traffic.
These are not unfair requests. We pay enough in taxes that more money needs to be earmarked for road safety.
The government made good on its promises in the late 1980s and early 2000s and twinned stretches of the highway around Sault St. Marie, Echo Bay and Desbarats. In July 2008, the federal and provincial governments announced a $6.2 billion infrastructure program to twin the the highway near Kenora and Thunder Bay a priority. But what about those living in Renfrew and Sudbury County?
In a perfect world, every driver would stay in his or her lane, but this is not a perfect world. We are more distracted as drivers consumed by our materialistic conveniences of iPods, cellphones, cup holders, in-dash DVD players, GPS units and eating on the go. We drive faster. We’re more stressed. Many of these driver conveniences provide deadly distractions as we take our eyes off the road briefly to open a food wrapper, change a song, dial a number or put a straw in a cup. So much can go wrong in a split second that if a driver drifts to the center of the road and collides with a barrier instead of a motor vehicle, granted there’s still potential for a crash, but will it be as deadly as a head-on collision?
Even if it’s a steel guardrail on posts, a center dividing barrier is still an important safety measure, specifically if a strong gust of wind pulls a car out of a person’s control. It’s 100 km/hr along most of these stretches with people driving faster than the speed limit. That’s a lot of force and velocity in a head on crash. The result is almost always fatal.
If there’s one way to drive the point home, as I know that there’s a group of grieving families in BC fighting for a twinning solution on a Cassidy highway, put it into perspective for your local politicians and transport officials this way: The national average in Canada is 8 people die each day in car crashes and hundreds more are injured. Of those fatalities, three are often head on type crashes.
If we had an aviation system in Canada where we had eight planes crashing a day and three of those were due to mid-air collisions with oncoming planes, don’t you think the public outcry would be massive? Don’t you think the levels of government in this country would shut it all down and make immediate changes?
written by Cindy Smith, Education for the Driving Masses…
I would love to hear your thoughts….
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, Personal Injury Claims on February 5th, 2009
Canada Road Traffic Crash Car Accidents.
There are about 160,000 road accidents in Canada every year. According to the Transportation Safety Board approximately 2800 to 2900 people are killed on Canadian roads each year. These statistics show that while driving in Canada is relatively safe compared to other countries (including the US), there are still risks.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, safety on February 2nd, 2009
How to avoid a head-on collision
One of the scariest situations any and all drivers can face is to see a car approaching from the opposite direction in your lane. This is very common on two lane rural roads where passing on blind hills, around curves or against a solid (and a double one at that) happens more frequently than most drivers would like.
As easy as it to focus on the events unfolding in front of you, you *can* teach yourself to react to the situation so that you don’t brake, you don’t panic and you get your vehicle out of the other vehicle’s path – saving not only your life, but the life of the person in the oncoming car.
If someone is trying to pass you at any cost, especially when you are traveling the posted limit, do not tap your brakes. Do not “force” them to go around you in the opposite lane. Signal that you are pulling onto the shoulder, slow down and let them go around. Most head-on collisions occur because of driver error, driving too fast for the road conditions, not predicting a change in road condition and passing when it is not safe to do so.
What should you do if you are in the opposite direction and a car is coming towards you?
Driving involves a lot of concentration so as much as we all enjoy the conveniences of cellphones, driver vanity mirrors, iPods, Blackberries, cupholders and CD changers, I don’t need to remind you where your eyes should be at all times and where your hands should be at all times. You have to look ahead when you drive at all times. I mean, way ahead – beyond the car in front of you. In fact, you should never use the driver in front of you as your “guide” to stopping.
Whatever you do, DON’T BRAKE. If the road you are on has a soft shoulder, steer your car so that two wheels are on pavement and two wheels are on the shoulder and take your foot off the gas. This will allow you to get around the approaching car and avoid a head-on collision. By not braking, you remain in control of your vehicle. You may make contact with the car you’re trying to avoid and lose a sideview mirror … but there’s a reason why you pay for insurance. Cars can be fixed.
This article was written by Cindy Smith, Editor forEducation For The Driving Masses: A Gigababy’s Web Creed Production. I read this article and thought I’d share it as I found it very helpful.
Please drive safely !