Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth, Apparently we set a record temperature this morning for this time of year and it’s about to get colder. This weekend, in Ottawa we saw lots of snow and consequently accidents throughout the city. It was reported on CFRA news that at one point, Ottawa Police were attending to more than 50 car accidents at the same time.
Environment Canada is predicting that in Ottawa temperatures with the windchill may drop between -20 and -25. so, yes that means get your snow tires on and be prepared for slippery roads that will likely be covered by a light dusting of snow. Having proper snow tires on your vehicle is crucial for winter driving in Ontario. It’s important to remember that snow tires help with snow on the roads but when it come to icy conditions, braking is equally if not more important. Remember to adjust your driving speed and allow yourself time to break .
After visiting CAA’s website , I found the following tips for driving safely under icy conditions:
- Ensure your is good working order and ready for winter. Have an overall check up done, focusing on the car’s battery, brakes, heater, defroster and wiper blades.
- Make sure you have proper snow tires.
- Ensure that you clear off your car and make sure you have excellent visibility.
- Travel with a shovel, scraper, washer fluid, first aid kit, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries, a bag of sand or salt can also be used for traction.
- When weather conditions are not good, plan for extra time when travelling. You are always better off taking extra time and arriving safely.
- Look up the weather conditions ahead of time and know what to expect. at your destination, because they can be drastically different than Niagara.
- Punch in destination addresses in your GPS before you hit the road.
It’s cold out there in Ottawa and surrounding areas and winter isn’t going anywhere. Please prepare and drive safely. Have a great, safe week.
Teenage texting and driving has become a huge area of concern for new drivers. Thankfully, most new drivers now understand and respect the dangers of drinking and driving but unfortunately texting and driving seems to be the new focus.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that 35 people died last year because of distracted driving and 1,000 suffered serious personal injuries as a result of texting and driving.
The following statistics were found at www.textinganddrivingsafety.com. This website is an incredible website devoted tothe elimination of drivers from texting when driving. I encourage you to visit this site for many valuable resources, statistics, videos, campaigns, pledges and tools designed to share the text free driving message.
The reality of texting and driving..
- In 2011, there were a reported 1.3 million car accidents involving cell phones.
- The chances of being in an accident increase by 23X when you are texting. (National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.)
Texting while driving causes…
- 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
- 330,000 personal injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
- 11 teenage fatalities daily – Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts
- Close to 25% of motor vehicle accidents
Texting when driving is:
- About 6 X more likely to cause an accident than driving impaired
- As dangerous as driving after drinking 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
- The main cause of distracted driving for teenage drivers
Texting While Driving:
- Is as dangerous as the driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
- Takes place at any giver moment across the country by close to 800,000 drivers.
- Slows your braking speed reaction by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
The statistics don’t lie. Texting and driving has become a huge concern for all of us. This blog post focussed on teenagers and texting but that’s not to say they are the only ones. Adults are also texting and driving and often times their children are watching. We must educate our teenagers and all drivers to put down the phone and focus on the road. It has taken our society awhile to get there with drinking and driving and we still have a long ways to go; however, this newest generation of drivers seems to be understanding it more and more. Now, we must do the same with texting and driving. I have 3 children who will all start driving in the next 10 years so I feel very strongly about this issue. Would love to hear your thoughts on what you think we can do to help eliminate texting and driving.
Throughout the years I have met with far too many families who have lost a loved one in an accident because someone was texting and driving. It is so hard for the families to understand how these accidents happen. I’m here to tell you, they do and they are devastating.
Ottawa accident and distracted driving
For everyone’s safety, the OPP-Ontario Ontario Provincial Police are about to begin a distracted driving campaign next week. This is not the first distracted driving campaign in the Ottawa area. Ontario Police often target distracted drivers and you wouldn’t believe the number of infractions that occur in just a one weekend blitz campaign. I support these campaigns fully. As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I read police accident reports daily and the number of Ottawa area accidents caused by distracted driving is astonishing. What bothers me most, is that these accidents are avoidable. I’m not saying I don’t understand how it happens. I too have children that suddenly start fighting in the back seat and before I know it, my attention has been diverted from the road to them. It happens. That is why reminders such as this post are so useful. My goal is to have us all tuck this post in the back of our minds and hopefully the next time a situation arises when we are driving, we will remember.
Ontario Police are not only focusing on distracted drivers, they are also asking drivers to leave any handheld devices out of reach while driving. Yes, put your phone away. don’t even have it out. Leave your phone in your purse , or even the back of the car. If it’s too close, the fear is that you might be tempted to check that text that just came in etc.. We can’t have that ! Ontario Police are also asking that passengers to speak to their drivers if they are driving distracted. While this may be uncomfortable, it is life saving ! This is particularly important if you have teenagers or children in the car. Please do not set a bad example.
As I mentioned earlier, distracted is not limited to texting or talking on the phone. Although texting is the most dangerous, there are other obstacles that can divert your attention while driving. The most common are:
watching other drivers,
focussing on kids in the backseat ,
looking in the mirror,
or personal grooming.
Please tuck this information away and hopefully we can all work together to reduce Ottawa accidents and keep our roads safe. Drive safely and have a great day.
David Hollingsworth has been a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer for close to 15 years. David works with an incredible team of highly skilled injury lawyers, Ontario accident benefits specialists and personal injury law clerks .
Killaloe Accident, Lawyer David Hollingsworth…
A terrible Killaloe accident has left a mother and one of her children in an Ottawa hospital with serious injuries. Kristen Birney was driving a minivan with her four children inside the vehicle when it was hit by another vehicle turning from Opeongo Road onto Letter Kenny Road at about 5 o’clock last night. The OPP are looking to press careless driving charges against the 67 year old driver that struck the minivan. The result was that Kristen and her 3 year old toddler were airlifted to the Ottawa Hospital Civic campus in critical condition. The OPP are continuing in their investigation.
If you have any information that could help police, please contact the OPP. My thoughts are with Kristen, her young child and their family at this difficult time and I’m wishing them both FULL recoveries. Thankfully they are in excellent hands at the Ottawa Hospital.
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We received another great email today from a client who came to us close to 2 years ago after she had suffered a serious back injury in an accident. We began working with her and her family soon after her accident and were able to secure them a great settlement that allowed them to continue on with life much more financially comfortable and start rebuilding a life with a serious back injury. Not only do we help secure her financial future, we were able to get her in to see some of Ottawa’s top back specialists. We also helped them set up for the future with a plan that would make sure they were well taken care of. This client is just one of many clients we help each month. Here is what she had to say.
“I just wanted to say thanks again. My husband and I sat down last night and for the first time felt like it was finally over and that is thanks to you and your staff. We really appreciated everything you did for us David and know how hard you worked to get it for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. “
Our success as personal injury lawyers
As Ottawa personal injury lawyers, we are also very thankful that we are in a position to help. Our success rate speaks for itself and we pride ourselves on how hard we work and how experienced we are. We know how to make a difference for each and every one of our clients.
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The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) need our help . A Casselman car accident has left one woman dead and unfortunately no one seems to know what happened to the deceased driver. The Casselman accident is believed to have occurred last Saturday on St. Albert Road. The deceased driver identified as 20-year-old Mylaine Charland , from Embrun Ontario. Mylaine was last seen at her friend’s house at approximately 8:00 p.m on Saturday. If you have any information about this Casselman accident, please contact the Ontario Police-Russell County. My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mylaine Charland.
Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout eastern Ontario meeting with people who have been injured and their families. Our lawyers often meet at kitchen tables, coffee shops, hospitals and places where people are most comfortable. Often times after an accident people don’t know where to turn to for legal advice. Our injury lawyers offer free consultations and can help determine what the best course of action is in a personal injury lawsuits. Let us help you get expenses covered and benefits for the future.
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost a loved one as a result of being in an accident in Ontario, you need help and our lawyers are here for you.
Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims
There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss. I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents. So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents. The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly, fatal. Please ride safely…
Transport Canada has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada? Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.
The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.
Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:
- Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
- Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
- Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
- Always have a first aid and survival kit available.
- Ride at your own speed.
- Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
- Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
- If you don’t know the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
- Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
- At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
- Know the ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
- Always wear flotation-type clothing.
- Always be on the look out for wildlife.
It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try. Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport. Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !
Accidents resulting in death
Statistics reported in the Ottawa Citizen today revealed that there were many highway accidents that resulted in deaths in Eastern Ontario in 2012. The highways that are under the Ontario Provincial Police’s watch went up by close to 1/3 last year, compared to 2011. Accidents killed 73 people in the eastern Ontario area compared to 55 in 2011. Last year was the highest rate of accident deaths since 2008.
Drinking and driving was the cause of 9 deaths and improper seat belt use caused 16 deaths, That’s 25 AVOIDABLE deaths ! Reckless driving , driving too fast and not paying attention also contributed to many eastern Ontario accidents.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers work closely with families who have lost a loved one in an accident and are devastated. Families would do anything to bring their loved one back to life and no amount of compensation can do that for them. Ontario accident benefits pay for funeral expenses and loss of income etc, but can never replace a loved one.
Please be aware of your surroundings when driving. If you are unsure of the roads, slow down and be extra cautious. Avoid distractions including loud music, devices that are not hands free etc.. We also need to remind our new young drivers about being responsible drivers and the best way to do so is by setting the best possible example we can as drivers. I challenge each and every one of you to be the best driver you can possibly be, lower accident statistic and save lives. Thank you.
Compensation for wrongful death
If you have lost a loved one in an accident; we are sorry. Our personal injury lawyers can help get accident benefits for wrongful death. We are free to meet with you and walk you through your options and what benefits and compensation you are entitled to. You have been though enough, let us help.
Ottawa Pedestrian Accident
An unidentified 50-year-old woman was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with serious personal injuries after she was hit by a truck on Kent street, near Slater this morning at approximately 7:30. The impact caused her to suffer personal injuries to her head, pelvis, and arm. I wish her a full recovery and hope none of these injuries are permanent.
Pedestrian accident often result in serious injuries and many pedestrians are unaware of the accident benefits they are entitled to. Regardless of whether or not a pedestrians has their own insurance policy or regardless of whether or not they are at fault, you have rights and you likely have an injury claim for compensation against the driver of the vehicle that hit you. Most pedestrian are entitled to medical expenses, medical treatments. and compensation for pain and suffering among other expenses.
The question that comes into play in a pedestrian accident is ..was there contributory negligence. Contributory negligence is when the pedestrian is help party responsible for the accident. The amount of compensation is reduced if the pedestrian is found partially responsible for the accident. In other words, the insurance company will try to pay less in compensation if the pedestrian was not crossing at a crosswalk etc… This is when it is absolutely vital that you have an experienced personal injury lawyer representing you. not only will your personal injury lawyer protect you and your rights, they will ensure that the proper amount of compensation is paid out and not a reduced amount based on factors the insurance company is going to try to argue.
Pedestrian accident claims can be tricky and it’s important that you hire a personal injury lawyer you are comfortable with and can trust. Request a free consultation with a lawyer and ask them point blank what experience they have with pedestrian accidents and what type of compensation, benefits and support you can expect. If they know what they are talking about, you will know right away that they are the personal injury lawyer for your pedestrian accident.
Ottawa pedestrian car accidents