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As we head into the weekend, many of you will be on the roads. Winter is upon us and with it comes some challenging driving conditions. Now is the time to make sure that your vehicle is in top condition for winter driving. Getting ready is only half the battle. Winter conditions also require a refresher in driving safety. Snow and ice need to be taken seriously. Going the extra mile by getting your vehicle ready for winter and learning what it takes to drive safely through ice and snow could be a lifesaver.
First things first… Do you have your snow tires on ? If not, do it now ! It’s safer and your insurance company likely offers you a discount. If you can buy snow tires, please do.
Check your tires
Low air pressure and worn tires are a dangerous combination on wet or slick roads. No traction means no control. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that your treads are deep. You may also consider an investment in snow tires.
Replace or Refill All Fluids
* Coolant—Make sure your antifreeze levels are correct to prevent freezing in your radiator.
* Oil—Time for an oil change? Keep your levels topped up all season long.
* Wiper fluid—Change to winter wiper fluid to keep your wipers from freezing and keep your vision clear.
Cold Weather & Battery Capacity
It isn’t only your engine that if affected by the cold. Your battery capacity is reduced by the cold weather too. A thorough inspection of your battery, cables, terminals, and fluid will help you make sure your car is ready for the winter.
Pack an Emergency Kit
Keeping a safety kit in your car all year is a good idea. Things like road flares, a jack, a lug wrench, and a first aid kit should be at hand no matter what. It’s also a good idea to update this kit with seasonal items that can keep you warm and prepared for winter’s worst.
Items to include in your winter safety kit include:
* Blanket, leather gloves, and hat
* Bag of kitty litter or sand
* Ice scraper and brush
* Small shovel
* Safe and leak-proof container of coolant
Our Ottawa injury team wishes you a safe and fun filled weekend. Drive safely.
A lot of accident victims wonder whether or not they should hire an Ottawa dog bite lawyer or personal injury lawyer after they have been in an accident or sustained an injury. It is a very common issue. Studies have shown that approximately *60% of all accident victims settle with the insurance company without ever consulting a personal injury lawyer. Are these people saving money in legal fees or losing money by settling for less than they deserve?
It would not be practical to make a decision on the perceived size of the claim without a lawyer’s input. If the victim assumes that the claim is small and is not significant enough to justify the legal fees, a quick consultation with a lawyer will help to determine the actual size of the claim. Claimants may be surprised to learn the actual value of the claim when working with a lawyer that can determine who responsible for the injuries and understands where the damages can be recovered from.
When should you hire an Ottawa dog bite lawyer ?
Larger, more complex claims are always best left with an experienced personal injury lawyer who :
* Can achieve higher settlements than what the claimant can on their own
* Can explain legal documents and related paperwork
* Has claims assessment expertise
* Is experienced in working with defendant’s lawyers and insurance company lawyers
* Will represent the victim and work towards the best possible outcome
Understanding when you should seek out the services of an Ottawa dog bite lawyer or personal injury lawyer is essential to getting the compensation you deserve. Don’t let the negligence of another party cause you undue stress and pain. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an injury or accident, contact our personal injury lawyers for a free consultation. David understands, he cares and he can help.
There once was a time, not long ago, when children were taught to look both ways before they crossed the street. In those days, we were all worried that drivers would not see pedestrians. We were afraid of the drivers. Now we also need to be on the look out for a pedestrian accident.
Today, pedestrians themselves are increasingly becoming the problem, walking around with their eyes on their phones and earbuds plugged in.
In fact, around 40 percent of Canadians admitted to texting as they walk and about 25 percent said they always or often walk with their headphones on. Not surprising given the increase in cell phone use over the years, but no text or call is worth the risk. These distractions are a very real danger, especially during the month of November which is noted for an increase in pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The time change leaves commuters at a greater risk walking and driving home in the dark.
While laws are in the works across Canada to fine distracted drivers, it’s best to make sure that you and your family are always safe and that you are not liable for an accident.
Our Top Ottawa Injury Tips for Avoiding a Pedestrian Accident
1. If you must use headphones or other electronic devices, maintain a volume where you can still hear the sounds of traffic and your surroundings.
2. If you need to talk to someone, make a call or text, stop and do it away from the traffic.
3. Focus on the people, objects and obstacles around you.
4. Don’t jaywalk. Cross streets carefully at a traffic light. Stay aware of the traffic and the vehicles and bikes on the road.
5. Look up, not down, when stepping into an intersection or walking in a parking lot.
6. Stay alert and be aware especially during the winter months when it gets dark earlier and drivers aren’t as likely to see you.
More and more, our Ottawa injury lawyers are finding that the things that social media , the things you post online are being admitted into in court as evidence. Think about it. The updates, photos and videos you post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat can be very easy to access.
Every day, people post photos, status updates and videos that create a window into their personal lives. Insurance companies may explore all of your posts, past and present, to uncover your character and your lifestyle. They will look at the type of activities you participated in prior to your injury and dig for signs of pre-existing injuries. More importantly they will follow your activity after the injury.
Social media recommendations from our Ottawa injury lawyers:
Lock down your accounts– This is the easiest way to help prevent information from being used against you.
Monitor photos – Keep a close eye on photos that you post or are tagged in. Untag yourself or ask the person who posted it to delete it right away.
Watch what friends post – Monitor what’s being posted on your wall to make sure nothing could be misinterpreted.
Monitor comments – Be careful when commenting on friends’ statuses or photos.
Our Ottawa injury lawyers ask you to consider your social media presence –
Although Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are the most targeted, don’t forget about the rest of your online presence. Are you on LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr, or Flickr? These may all be other sources of information for other lawyers or insurance companies.
Ask the question: “Who am I really sharing this information with? Could it be used as harmful evidence?” If your gut tells you yes, it’s probably a good idea not to post it
Don’t talk to strangers. If you are involved in a personal injury or insurance case, beware of friend requests from people that you don’t know. Folks who want to access your information have ways of making you think that you know them. Be very careful.