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Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, Personal Injury Claims on November 14th, 2009
Ottawa Lawyer, Ottawa Injury Lawyers…Ontario Accident? What you must do…
Ottawa personal injury lawyer shares what you can do if you have suffered a personal injury.
Life can become extremely difficult when an accident or personal injury occurs and challenges your routine in life, and stops you from being able to enjoy activities with your loved one’s and family, whether they may be as simple as holding your son or daughter in your arms, and taking your dog for a walk. A minor injury can become serious when it affects you and changes your life. For the unfortunate among us who have experienced the death of a loved one and close friend, the scars that remain can last a lifetime. No amount of monetary award or benefit can fully compensate for the loss. Putting a price tag on how much a personal injury has cost can seem impossible, given that the only thing one could really want in such circumstances is to un-do the accident or have the loved one back.
In these circumstances, is vital for you to seek help from appropriate avenues, including close family, friends, health services providers, the services of an experienced and caring lawyer. It is important to have as many people on your side as possible. Getting advice from one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers is always good idea. David Hollingsworth meets daily with people who have been in an accident and just want to know what their rights are.
Why you should see experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer:
- Conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of the accident scene
- Get medical advice (aches and pains often take a few days to develop and some injuries are not obvious).
- Preserve critical evidence at the scene (you may not know what is important and what is not)
- Start your potential lawsuit before your statute of limitations expires
What you need to consider after an accident:
- Medical circumstances: Go to a doctor ASAP to get checked out.
- Witnesses: If possible, get their address and phone numbers. It will be nearly impossible to reach them once everyone departs
- YOUR OWN notes: important details are still in your memory, so now is the time to write it down.
- Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.
- “On the spot” settlements can often leave you with less than you deserve. Your doctor will look at the extent of all your personal injuries, your need for medical treatment or perhaps surgery. An “on the spot” settlement may limit and restrict any future treatment.
If you have suffered a personal injury due to an motor vehicle accident, or any kind of personal injury from any other kind of accident, there are important reasons why you need to consult with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Waiting can often hurt your case as we have discussed. As time passes, materials can get forgotten and it may become impossible to collect crucial evidence and information. In short, if you wait, it can be much more difficult to prove your case.
This blog is prepared daily to report on Ontario accidents, personal injury law and resources available to Ontario residents. David helps Ontario accident victims get insurance benefits, support and proper rehabilitation they need after an accident. David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer helping Ontario accident victims since 1999, with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, safety on October 4th, 2009
Car accidents happen everyday and it can happen to anyone. The information here was found on Wikipedia and isn’t anything new but serves as a good reminder. Drive safely out there ..
How to Survive a Car Accident
A car accident is one of the most dangerous things the average person will come in contact with during her life. This guide is posted in the hope that it will help its readers avoid injury or death. It should be noted that every vehicle is different, and much of the information here (such as airbags) will not apply to those who drive vehicles from 1990 or earlier. The methods of avoiding an accident, and the position one should be in during a crash, however, are effectively universal.
Be prepared Wear your seat belt. Wearing your seatbelt is one of the most important things you can do to survive a car crash. Make sure that your lap belt sits low on your hip bones and that the shoulder belt goes across the center of your chest. Children should be seated in proper child restraints until they are large enough to properly wear a lap and shoulder belt. Drive a safe car which is fitted with seat belts and other safety features. Do not sit in a seat which has no head support. Older cars, which may just have lap belts and almost never have any additional safety features, are generally less safe than large vehicles. SUVs tend to be more prone to rollover accidents than cars. Try to drive the safest car that suits your needs and budget. The Insurance Institute for highway safety maintains extensive crash test ratings and lists of safe vehicles of different sizes and styles. Store objects such that they will not hit you if the car gets hit. If an object could become a projectile during a crash, either remove it from the car, or stow it in the trunk, or, in the case of a minivan, in the well behind the seat. Make sure the safety systems on your car are serviced regularly. Airbags and seat-belts significantly reduce injury and death in automobile accidents. Make sure your car’s engine, brakes, transmissions, suspension and tires are in good condition. The safest accident is the one you don’t get in; having your car in top running condition can help you avoid an accident or minimize harm in case you get in an accident. Use good driving practices Obey traffic laws and be conscious of current conditions. Adjust your driving if in heavy traffic or inclement weather. Sixty mph may be safe when it’s dry, but if a sudden rain falls, wetting the roadway and raising oil off the ground, it will probably be safer to drive at a lower speed. Focus on what you are doing. While driving, avoid using cell phones, reading maps, eating and other distracting activities. If you are a passenger, sit up straight with your seat-belt fastened. Don’t lean your seat too far back, don’t put your feet up on the dashboard, and definitely do not distract the driver. Do not place objects on top of the air bag enclosure. Anticipate potential problems. Observe the road looking for things that could end up causing an accident. Look ahead for cars or pedestrians that may move into your car’s path. Keeping a safe distance behind other vehicles (following the “two second rule” ) can help you have enough time to react when a vehicle in front of you makes an unexpected move. Stay away from distracted drivers (e.g., the guy on his way to work using an electric razor), tailgaters and other drivers engaging in risky behaviors. Keep an eye on parked cars. They may pull out in front of you; people may exit from them or move from between them without much warning. Avoid or minimize an accident Stay calm. If an accident appears imminent, you need to respond quickly but smoothly. Vehicles of all types respond better to smooth steering and braking inputs. Choose your course of action. You need to decide what combination of steering, braking and accelerating will best serve to avoid or minimize the harm from an accident. Brake with control. Braking practices vary depending upon whether your vehicle has antilock brakes. No antilock brakes – If your car lack antilock brakes, you need to pump the brakes to keep the car under control. If you slam on the brakes, your car will start to skid and you will lose control. You cannot steer a vehicle when the brakes are locked. Press firmly, then release. If you feel the tires start to skid release the brakes before steering. Antilock brakes – Do not pump antilock brakes. Your car’s ABS computer will pulse them much faster than you can (you will feel the pedal vibrate a bit when this occurs). Just hold the brakes firmly and steer normally. Steer smoothly. – Very jerky motions of the steering wheel, especially with heavy vehicles or those with light rear ends (e.g., pickup trucks) are likely to lead to skids. Accelerate if needed. Although it seems counterintuitive, sometimes the best way to avoid an accident is to speed up and get out of the way. Take steps to recover if you start to skid or lose control. If your car starts to skid or if a tire blows, follow these steps to control the car. Don’t hit the brakes. This will only make things worse. Keep a firm grip on the wheel. Steer in the direction of the skid. If the back of your car is sliding to the driver’s left, turn the wheels to the left. Wait for your tires to regain traction before braking or pressing the accelerator. If a crash is unavoidable, try to minimize damage. Avoid head-on collisions into other vehicles or front-end collisions into immovable objects like large trees or concrete barriers. Do as much as you can to control your car’s speed. The faster the impact, the more damage it will cause. Avoid side impacts. Serious injury is likely to result if another car strikes your car on the side where it is much weaker structurally. Call emergency services after a crash. Apply first aid if needed. Do not attempt to removed injured people from a vehicle. Explosions are very unlikely, and you could aggravate any neck spinal injuries, even if the victim feels uninjured.
Be sure to exchange information with others involved in the accident and get information from eyewitnesses. If you are purchasing a new vehicle, be sure to note the standard and optional safety features, such as where and how many air bags come with the car. Research crash test results, and consider built-in monitoring services such as General Motors’ OnStar system. These can notify emergency personnel of an accident.
Do not bend over or cover your head. In the event of a roll over, any force significant enough to warp in the roof and bend or break the A-beams might hit your head, and possibly knock you unconscious. It is unlikely to do nearly as much damage as that caused to your neck from having your head in front of the air bags when they deploy.
If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of an accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits you are not receiving. As an Ottawa lawyer specializing in personal injury, I meet with people daily who have been seriously hurt and need help. Visit my website at www.ottawainjury.ca, call me at 613 978-9549 or email email@example.com for more information and a free consultation.
David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyer
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury on August 31st, 2009
Ottawa Lawyer supporting persons with spinal cord injuries in Ottawa.
Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario Wheelchair Relay Challenge Race Me…PULL UP A CHAIR 2009 Join the Ottawa Wheelchair Relay Challenge in Ottawa and help raise funds for persons with Spinal Cord Injuries! Whether you’re looking for a corporate team building experience, a group outing or just an opportunity to get outside and have fun, this event is for you. Individual and corporate teams can better understand the experience of using a wheelchair whether you are able bodied or have a disability. So come out and have some fun, be active and compete to raise awareness and vital funds for those with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities. Event Details Saturday September 19, 2009 – Ridgemont Secondary School 2597 Alta Vista Dr. Ottawa Team registration begins at 10 am Race begins at 11am Volunteers We can always use a helping hand – if you are interested in volunteering at this event, please complete the Volunteer Registration Register Online Now! Register and Collect pledges online to join the Ottawa Wheelchair Relay Challenge. It is easy, quick and fun! Set up your personal profile, webpage, and e-mail your friends, family, coworkers to support you within minutes. They will receive an automatic tax receipt for their donation. Registration and a minimum of $100 in pledges includes the race entry fee, Gift, lunch and a chance to win great prizes. The top fundraising team will also win fabulous prizes! Sponsor a Participant Help their team reach their fundraising goal! Download a Pledge Form – Click Here Hospitality Tent The Ottawa Wheelchair Relay Challenge hospitality area will be open on the day of the challenge to collect pledges and following the race to host lunch for all participants who raised pledges.
I encourage everyone to support in any way they can ! Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Injury and Accidents on August 24th, 2009
Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth - I have had many cases similar to this one this summer. Please be careful when you are crossing any street; especially in the busy downtown area.
OTTAWA — A pedestrian suffered minor injuries after being struck by an OC Transpo bus while crossing Cobourg Street at Rideau Street shortly before noon on Monday. Ottawa police said the bus driver could not see the pedestrian in his blind spot. Two passengers on the bus also received minor injuries and all three were taken to hospital, however the most serious injury was cuts to the pedestrian’s arm when he fell to the ground. The incident is under investigation and no charges have been laid.
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If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of an accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits you are not receiving. As an Ottawa lawyer specializing in personal injury, I meet with people daily who have been seriously hurt and need help. Visit my website at www.ottawainjury.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and a free consultation
Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Ottawa Car Accidents, Ottawa Resources on July 29th, 2009
Car Accident statistics More than 1 million vehicles in Canada are involved in accidents each year.
Here are a few accident statistics from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Road Safety Annual Report 2004This represents the latest data available.
- Ontario had a population of 12,407,300, of which 8,655,597 were licensed drivers.
- 421,870 drivers were involved in a collision (316,856 property damage only, 93,207 personal injury, 1,208 fatal collisions)
- 136,402 people (not just drivers) were involved in personal injury collisions.
- 799 died (433 drivers, 191 passengers, 104 pedestrians, 19 bicyclists, 47 motorcycle drivers/passengers).
- 3,565 received major injury (admitted to hospital).
- 29,918 received minor injury (went to hospital, treated in emergency room, but not admitted).
- 39,525 received minimal injury (did not go to hospital when leaving the scene of the collision; includes minor abrasions, bruises, complaint of pain).
- 4,505 pedestrians were injured and 104 were killed due to auto accident.
- Lowest risk of accident: males and females 16 years old (at this age, individuals have a G1 license that allows them to drive only with an experience driver, often a parent).
- Highest risk of accident: males 17 years old (6.01% had accidents) and females 18 years old (7.29% had accidents). It seems that, by this age, they are driving on their own. On their own with little experience.
- The percentage of drivers who have a collision, based on age, generally drops lower each year after this for both females and males.
- The good news in this report is that 2004 had the lowest number of fatalities ever recorded in the province. Ontario also had the lowest number of accidents per capita of any jurisdiction in North America.
If you or a loved one has been in an accidednt you may be entitled to benefits you are not receiving. For more information visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyer at 613 978-9549 for a freee consultation with no obligation.