Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth on distracted driving, seat belts and children car seats.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..The City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will be focussing on distracted driving in Ottawa and appropriate seat belt and child safety restraint for the month of March to help keep our  Ottawa’s roads safe. I personally want to thank them and think that these initiatives are crucial to educating Ottawa and  helping prevent personal injuries and save lives.

Personal Injuries and Distracted driving in Ottawa Ontario..

From 2008 to 2010, distracted driving was the cause of 6,129 Ottawa accidents.  These Ottawa accidents  resulted in 9 wrongful deaths and 1,976 personal injuries in Ottawa Ontario. This Ottawa personal injuries could have been avoided !

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From 2006 to 2010, 26 people died, 50 suffered life-threatening personal injuries and another 202 suffered personal  injuries in Ottawa as a result of not wearing a seat belt or proper child restraint.  20/26 fatalities were male.  These terrible injuries can all be avoid by simply buckling up. Ottawa drivers must ensure everyone’s safety by buckling up and buckling up their children properly. Don’t just think  about it Ottawa, do it !

—-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. If you have a subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa personal injury lawyers who can help with support and maximum compensation for injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Since 1999, our experienced personal injury lawyers  at www.ottawainjury.ca have helped thousands of Ontario accident victims and their families get the support and compensation they need after an accident. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers bring an exceptional legal team that is dedicated to our clients.  We are constantly being recommended by past clients. We work extremely hard to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help.  We understand how difficult your life is after an accident.  We meet daily with people whose lives have been affected by tragedy,so we know that there are many things we can do to help you.  You should not even be thinking about things like bills and compensation.  You should be thinking about your recovery, your family and yourself.  We are here to listen, to understand, to fight for you and to get our Ontario personal injury clients everything you need. We have a long list of past clients who would be happy to speak with you and tell you what we were able to do for them.   If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury accident, we want to help you and give you the help and support you need. We work on contingency; which means you do not need to pay us at all until you have received your settlement cheque. We know you are going through a lot and we are sorry.  Let us help you….


Ottawa personal injury lawyer supporting Ontario pedestrian accident study.

As an Ottawa accident lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am very pleased with the recent announcement that a new study into pedestrian deaths will be done by the Ontario Coroner’s Office. The Ontario pedestrian study is calling for Ontario residents to offer personal insight into pedestrian deaths.  This brings relief to not only myself, but many families and friends who have lost a loved one in an Ontario pedestrain accident or whose loved ones have suffered serious injury such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or broken bones. The study will hopefully reveal what many already know…we need to make our pathways safer. Some are calling for more protected, better marked pedestrian walkways on busy roadways. The Ottawa Police are also anticipating the study will help identify trends and predictors to the fatal Ottawa collisions.

Sadly, to date in 2011, 7 Ottawa pedestrians were killed in Ottawa accidents, the same number as in all of 2010. This is tragic! Not to mention that many other pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury. The Ottawa pedestrain accident statistics are very disturbing. In 2010  there were 390 pedestrians who suffered serious personal injury in Ottawa accidents. The goal of the coroner’s probe is to identify common factors in the wrongful deaths and to make recommendations to avoid future pedestrian accidents in Ontario. The study aims to look at accident trends across Ontario, education needs, enforcement needs , engineering through cities and municipalities.  The Ontario coroner’s office review will focus on deaths from 2010, with the report scheduled for release in spring 2012. In my opinion, as an Ottawa accident lawyer, this report can’t come soon enough !

The following are some statistics that relate to Ottawa pedestrain accidents:

2006 – 389, 2007 – 372, 2008 – 380, 2009 – 385, 2010 – 390

I know it goes without saying.  Some accidents are out of our control. Please be extra cautious when walking on busy streets.  Keep your head up, eyes open, but your phone away and focus on your surroundings.  It may very well save a life.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549

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Renfrew Accident : wrongful death Erik Nugent

Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth..Regrettably, a 21-year-old man has died after an Ottawa accident ,west of Ottawa on Saturday. Renfrew County OPP responded to the Ottawa area accident around 12:35 p.m., on Highland Road near Waba, just 80 km west of downtown Ottawa. Tragically, 21-year-old Erik Nugent was driving northbound when unfortunately failed to get around a sharp turn. Erik Nugent was ejected from the car and sadly,  he pronounced dead at the accident scene. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Erik Nugent.

———————————————————————————————————————————————————————-The Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by  Ottawa Ontario  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. David has been an Ontario personal injury lawyer  representing Ontario accident victims since 1999. This 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. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca


Ottawa Accident Highway 417 Pedestrian struck and suffers 2 broken legs

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Accident Benefits Compensation in Ontario …I can’t believe this man was not more seriously injured. It has been reported that an Ottawa pedestrian was hit by a truck on Highway 417 eastbound direction near Carling this morning. He appeared to be trying to cross highway 417. He was hit a little after 5 a.m.  Miraculously, it is believed the personal injuries sustained will not threaten his life, although he did suffer serious orthopedic injuries as he broke both his legs. I wish him a full recovery from his personal injuries.

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims since 1999. With his extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his injury clients. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

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Lanark Car Accident Death and Serious Personal Injuries, Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Lanark Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth – Sadly a Lanark accident has resulted in death and serious personal injuries.  The head on collision occurred in Lanark last night a little after 9 p.m. Tragically, a 44 year old man drove into the lane for oncoming traffic on a curve at Pine Grove Rd. His vehicle struck another driver’s vehicle resulting in his death and serious personal injuries to the other driver. The other driver, a woman sustained personal injuries. My thoughts go out to the fgrieving amily and friends of the 44 year old man who died.  They will have a tough road ahead of them. I also wish the other woman and full and healthy recovery and I hope the injuries she sustained are not life-altering.

Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping  Ontario  accident victims since 1999.  Many accident victims are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled to. Losing a loved one in a car accident is extremely difficult.  With extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, David has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his accident clients and the families of those who have lost a loved one. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is there to help.

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Ottawa Lawyer Launches Ontario Personal Injury Guide, David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Law Firms David Hollingsworth…Email me to request a free copy of my “Ontario Personal Injury Guide”. Inside you will find valuable information on car accidents, accident benefits, timelines and other valuable information concerning Ottawa accidents, Ontario accidents, catastrophic injuries, and insurance claims. A copy will be mailed sent out within 2 days.

Ontario Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims since 1999. With his extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his spinal cord injury clients. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

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Avoiding Ontario Accidents , Lawyer David Hollingsworth Shares Highway Driving Safety Tips

Ottawa Lawyers, Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Many of you will be heading out of town for this long weekend.  Whatever you may be celebrating this weekend, Passover, Easter, Ridvan etc…I want to wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend. If you are hitting Ontario highways, here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid a car accident in Ontario. 

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Avoiding Ontario Car Accidents: Follow Ontario Speed Limits…

For your safety and the safety of others, always obey the speed limit posted on Ontario highway signs along Ontario  roads and highways, but more importantly always drive  a speed that allows you stop safely.  Try to drive at the same speed as traffic surrounding you without going over the speed limit. In Ontario cities, towns, villages and suburb areas where there are no posted speed limit signs, the maximum speed is 50 km/h. Elsewhere the maximum speed limit is Ontario is 80 km/h.

Ontario Accidents: Highway Driving Safety Tips:

Slow down in bad weather, in heavy traffic or in a construction zone; Slow down at night, especially on dark roads; Always follow at a safe distance, at least 2 car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you.

If you are charged for speeding at 50 km/h over the speed limit, Ontario police will suspend your licence and impound your vehicle at the roadside. Please be careful when driving through Ontario construction areas.  To avoid an accident in Ontario, slow down when approaching work zones and be ready to stop at a seconds notice. Most importantly, be patient if there is traffic . If your lane is blocked , yield to the driver coming from the opposite direction. When it is clear, move slowly and carefully around the accident. Use common sense. Observing speed limits means more than obeying the posted speed: it means reacting to road conditions. When it’s raining or foggy, when ice is on the road, when traffic is heavy or when road construction is ahead, adjust your driving speed accordingly.

Ontario Car Accidents: Driving Safely on the Right….

Watch for signs on Ontario highways that read “Left Lane For Passing Only.” Slower Traffic Keep to Right: These signs let you know that the left lane on an Ontario highway is not a “fast” lane; it is a passing lane. If you pass someone, move into the right lane once you’ve safely cleared the vehicle. Slowing down the flow of traffic by continuing to drive in the left lane is not only dangerous but can result in a fine in Ontario.

Ontario Highways Accidents: Truck Accidents

Trucks can weigh close to 85,000 pounds and take extra time to stop. Drive cautiously on a highway that has several large trucks. Maintain a safe following distance. Don’t squeeze between trucks and the curb. Trucks make wide right turns, and the truck driver may not see you.When passing a truck, don’t move back into your lane until you can see both truck headlights in your rearview mirror. Make sure to give yourself enough room.  Trucks have blind spots of up to 20 feet in front of the tractor, anywhere along the sides of the trailer and up to 200 feet behind the trailer. Keep that in mind. Never drive behind a truck that is backing up.

Avoid Ontario Highway Accidents by Moving Over..

When you approach an emergency vehicle with  flashing lights, move a lane away , or slow down well  below the posted speed limit.

Some Ontario Highway Accidents Could be Avoided From Simply Resting…

It takes a split second to lose your focus. Maybe you can’t stop yawning?  Your thoughts wander or you’re drifting between lanes? You need to be alert !  Get plenty of rest before you hit Ontario highways. Get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs every so often. Take a break for 20 minutes at each stop. Yes, it will add time to your trip..but what is more important? Try to avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m. Never  drink and drive –  small amounts of alcohol can impair your judgment and your reaction time.

Stop at Ontario Highway Rest Areas….

Take a break and advantage of the Ontario Highway Rest Areas and Ontario Information Centres. At most stops, you can get information on restaurants, road conditions, gas stations, snacks, area tourists stops etc…plus most often they have picnic tables and washrooms…a great place to stop for a packed lunch or snack.

Please, drive safely out there !!!

Ontario Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims since 1999. With his extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, he has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his spinal cord injury clients. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

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Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer, Compensation for slip and fall accidents in Ontario

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Ottawa slip and fall lawyers – Personal Injury Attorney David Hollingsworth explains the dangers of snow and ice that may be the of cause slip and fall accidents in Ottawa and slip and fall accidents in eastern Ontario.

How to Safely Counteract Environmental Hazardsslipandfallaccident

There are many things that you can do to help prevent injury to you or your loved ones. Slip and fall injuries occur all the time, and they can happen anywhere (especially where you least expect them to occur), so it is important to be careful about where you walk and step at all times. However, there are certain circumstances where you can expect a higher rate of prospective injury, such as in conditions of ice and show during the colder months of the year. Proper footwear and clothing can help you feel more comfortable when you are out and about – and better able to deal with a circumstance if it occurs. Any shoes with good grip will help you to avoid black ice, and other situations where a slippery surface disguises itself as safe terrain to tread upon. Reflective clothing will ensure that vehicles will provide for adequate clearance to pass by you on the slipper and ice-covered roads. Personal injury for you could include broken bones, brain injury or neck injury, head injury, spinal cord injury, paralysis, and even death. “Slip and fall accidents happen in a split second and are often preventable,” says David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer. Regular snow removal, ice removeal, icing, and sanding can help to provide for a more safe condition to walk and play for you and your children in and around your community. Ice and snow are considered hazards that property owners can be found liable of if negligent in their lack of attention to a proper environment. Please ensure that you are doing your best to safeguard your interests and to protect yourselves from the risk of personal injury and harm. “If you suffer a slip and fall injury , try to document it as soon as possible,” advises experienced Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall attorney. Such documentation could include a picture of where accident occurred, highlighting how the snow and ice buildup may have caused the slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a personal injury due to a slip and fall accident, visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call 613-978-9549. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa slip and fall accident lawyer has helped many slip and fall accident victims get the compensation they needed. He can also help you! Free consultation.


Infant and Child Car Seat Safety. Have you buckled your child properly?

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Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyer…I came across this information on the Canada Safety Council website and thought I would share .  Let’s do everything we can to keep our kids safe !

Canadian Safety Council: Buckle-Up  Basics

Did you know that the proper use of a child restraint on each and every trip can prevent 75% of crash-related deaths and serious child injuries. Sadly, roadside checks find only 51.6 % of children buckled up at all. During 2002, Buckle Up Bears clinics found that less than 20 percent of all car seats checked were correctly installed. By following  tips from the Canada Safety Council, we can help make sure children are  properly secured in their vehicles.

The Fundamentals of installing child car seats

  • Always ensure your child car seat has CMVSS (Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) on the label and has a valid manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check the weight and height limits of the seat and check this against the child being placed in the child car seat.
  • Before you buy a child car seat, test it in your vehicle to ensure that it  fits well in your vehicle.
  • Follow all  instructions according to the child seat manufacturer’s manual and the vehicle owner’s manual.
  • Transport Canada recommends that children under the age of 12 and under should be properly restrained in the back seat especially if there is a passenger-side air bag.

Rear-Facing Infant Car Seat Birth to 10 kg (22 lb.)

  • An infant-only car seat is the best for young babies. When your child is over the height OR weight limit of the infant-only car seat, you can use an infant seat in the rear-facing position.
  • Always ensure the harness are  snug. You should only be able to fit one finger between you baby’s and the harness.
  •  Make sure that the chest clips are positioned at your child’s armpit level.
  • Remove winter outdoor wear before placing your child in their seat.
  • Never put a rear-facing child car seat on a seat that is equipped with an air bag.

Forward-Facing Car Child Seat 10 – 18 kg (22 – 40 lb.)

  • Once your child weighs 10 kg and are able to stand independently you can switch to a  forward-facing seat.
  • Always make sure the  harness is snug and follow the one finger rule.  The chest clip needs to be at the armpit level.
  • All forward-facing child car seats must be anchored to the vehicle frame with a tether strap. If the anchor is not visible, check in the trunk.

Booster Car Seat 18 kg (40 lb.) or over

  • Your child can move to a booster seat once they weigh 18 kg.
  • A booster car seat raises the child to properly fit the adult seat-belt.
  • A booster car seat that uses a lap is always best.
  • Check your seat  and ensure that you are following the weight limits.

Seat-Belts

  • Once your child has reached the age of 8 or is 4 ft. 9 in., or weighs 80 lbs, they can use a seat belt in Ontario.
  • Make sure the seat belt is positioned properly. The lap portion of the seat belt should be worn on the hips, touching the upper thighs and the  shoulder portion of the seatbelt should be worn over the shoulder and tight across the chest.
  • Your child should always sit upright, with their back against the seat.

Stay safe and buckle up !