Ottawa Winters and Ontario Car Accidents, Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Listen up Ottawa, we are going to get it soon..it is coming..maybe not for another month or two…hopefully even three, but it is coming !!

We all know that Ontario winters are challenging for motorists and safety needs to be a top priority. Every effort is made to make Ontario highways safe and to provide efficient winter maintenance service for the public. Ottawa winter weather conditions are unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Ensure you are well prepared for winter roads and always adjust your driving speed to existing conditions.

Stay alert, slow down, and stay in control — the three key elements of safe winter driving. Drive according to highway and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.

Be Prepared — Is your vehicle ready to avoid a car accident?

Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. Don’t wait for winter to have your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, tires, exhaust system, heater/defroster, wipers, and ignition system checked.

Make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready for the rigours of winter. Keep your fuel tank sufficiently full — at least half a tank is recommended.

Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir that is rated a minimum of -40°C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle.

Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you will have good visibility all around.

Have your tires checked or replaced before winter begins. Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.

The condition of your vehicle’s tires is important. Worn or damaged tires can hamper your ability to drive safely. For safety reasons, drivers are urged to replace their tires when the tread depth reaches 3mm, rather than wait until the tread no longer meets the legal 1.5mm requirement. Alternately, you can also check the manufacturer’s wear indicator mark on your tires to see if they need replacing. All tires have tread wear indicators, which are small bars of rubber found between the tread blocks of a tire. When the tread is worn flush with the tread wear indicators, the tire has reached its wear limit and must be replaced as it no longer provides sufficient traction in the rain or snow.

While regular or “all-season” tires, including wide and high-performance tires, may be adequate in some areas, they may not be suitable for driving in the snowbelt regions of southern Ontario and throughout the north. If you live and drive in these areas, consider using winter tires. They improve driving safety by providing better traction, braking and handling during frost, snow, slush, and particularly under icy conditions. Installing four winter tires provides greater control and stability. Never mix tires of different tread, size and construction. Also, consider adding traction control and stability control options when purchasing your next vehicle.

**Source: Western Canada Tire Dealers

Avoid accidents and stay safe out on our Ottawa roads ! I learn of so many accidents daily through my clients. It is important for us all to stop and do everything we can to keep ourselves and our families safe. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca


Ottawa Car Accident Statistics, Ottawa Accident Rate High for 2010

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Car Accident Lawyer…So far in 2010, people have died in 22 motor vehicle accidents in the Ottawa area. That’s roughly the same number of fatalities in each of 2008 and 2009. As well, almost all of this year’s fatal collisions have happened in the spring and summer. There were two in January, then none until April 11.

Three fatal hit-and-runs occurred within 90 minutes of Ottawa on the evening of Sept. 9, 2010. A 16-year-old biking home from work in Greely, a 63-year-old woman out for her daily walk in a village west of Gracefield, Que. and a 54-year-old man riding his scooter near Brockville were killed. All 3 accidents were avoidable and there seems to be no explanation for the unusually high number of fatal collisions.

Investigations into a number of high profile collisions in Ottawa are ongoing, such as the motorcycle accident that took the life of senior Liberal communications aide Mario Laguë, a student driver who was involved in a collision with a cyclist who was pinned and dragged under her SUV, and the accident leaving Ottawa Senators team doctor Donald Chow in hospital in critical condition .

Ottawa accident statistics

New York-based traffic expert Sam Schwartz said fatal collisions are up worldwide this year as economies recover from the recession and more people can afford to drive. With no patterns, links or explanation for the high number of fatal collisions, there’s no way to know how high the toll might climb, but even a few more fatal crashes will make the tally for 2010 significantly higher than the past two years. We’re at the middle of September and Ottawa car accidents are already at the level they were at for the previous two years. And we’ve still got the rest of 2010 to go…Ottawa accidents have also resulted in a bad year for fatalities

2008 there were 2023 accidents

2009 there were 2225 accidents

and now in 2010 (so far) there have been 2224 accidents.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I too have seen an increase in the number of accident Ottawa accident victims that need my help.  As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer and a Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have some very serious concerns about the changes the Ontario government announced with the new regulations for auto insurance in Ontario, specifically the reduction of medical and rehabilitation expenses from $100,000 to $50,000. This reduction in medical and rehabilitation expenses will have a significant impact on accident victims in Ottawa and  Ontario. Unfortunately it will have a tremendous impact on Ottawa accident victims who are seriously injured but not necessarily catastrophically injured. In this case the medical rehabilitation benefits may run out before they can apply for catastrophic benefits at two years. What is equally disturbing about the proposed changes is that many accident victims who by the time of their injury have a psychological component, (ie: psych treatment, physio treatment, occupational therapy treatment, or home modifications) will be in need of more. Home modifications for example, building a ramp to your front door, or modifying your washroom to accommodate your disability or get a stair lift, all of these things come out of this settlement . In other words , a small amount of money over a ten-year period just won’t go that far and won’t be enough ! In addition to the reduction in available benefits, the new regulations also affect assessments. In addition to reducing the amount of medical and rehab expenses, the proposed changes want to have the cost of insurer assessments in the victim’s settlement.
 

The role of a Ottawa personal injury lawyer

More importantly than ever, my role as a Ottawa personal injury lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer will be critical in obtaining maximum compensation for Ontario accident victims.  I am  dedicated to this and offer  free consultations and make  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca mobile   (613) 978-9549      (613) 237-4922 ext.203