Ottawa injury lawyer shares Ottawa bicycle safety tips and Ottawa bylaws for helmets.

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I was out visiting a client in Rockland today and as I was driving around Rockland, I couldn’t help but notice how many people were out on their bicycles .  That’s great for so, so many reasons.  We are all excited for spring to arrive and with spring comes more pedestrians, cyclist, motorcycles, ATV etc.  I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone of a few things you can do to help keep yourself and your children safe.

The Ottawa Police have a great website that offers the following bicycle accident safety tips:

-Make sure your helmet is on and fits properly.

-Your bicycle helmet should be snug and not move around.

-Your bicycle helmet should sit two finger-widths above your brows.

-The straps of your helmet should form  a V   below and around both ears.

-You should not be able to get more than 2  fingers between the chin strap and your chin.

-Ottawa and Ontario cyclists must wear a helmet by law if they are under 18 years of age.

-Do not wear a hat under a helmet.  This is not safe.

-Helmets only reduce personal injuries, they do not prevent accidents from happening.

-Do not use a helmet that has already been in an accident.

-All bicycle helmets need to be CSA, CPSC, Snell B-95, or a N-94 certification sticker.

-Remember that motorists and cyclists share the roadways.

-Cyclists must also follow the rules of the road.  The Ontario Highway Traffic Act, the Ottawa Traffic and Ottawa Parking Bylaw state that cyclists:

-Stop at all stop signs and stop at red lights

- Properly signal any changes in lanes.

-Ottawa cyclists must remain on the right side of the road

-Do not ride your bicycle on sidewalks.

-Have a bell, gong, or horn on your bicycle.

-If you are riding at night, make sure your bicycle is well lit.

Please be safe out there. Ottawa has had far too many tragic bicycle accidents and cyclists injured and we all need to obey the rules of the road.  Have a great and  happy spring on your bicycle Ottawa !

Have you been injured in an Ottawa bicycle accident? You need to know this..

If you are a cyclist and become injured as the result of a bicycle accident, you are entitled to accident benefits from the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you  or your own insurance company f you have one.  If you have any questions that relate to the rights of cyclists and compensation , please do not hesitate to contact any of our Ottawa bicycle accident lawyers.  We offer free consultations and can travel to you.


Ottawa injury lawyer: Ottawa bicycle accident Wurtemburg and Rideau results in personal injury.

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Regrettably, an Ottawa cyclist was on her bicycle yesterday morning by a vehicle at the intersection of Wurtemburg Street and Rideau.  Ottawa Police were able to treat the female cyclist at the Ottawa accident scene but the extent of her injuries was not known at the time of the accident. Ottawa Police are investigating the accident and what may have caused it.

There are far too many cyclist injured in Ottawa every year. Ottawa has very  busy streets and our cyclists and pedestrians are a big part of our busy streets. Typically, when a cyclists and cars collide, the cyclist loses and suffers very serious injuries.  Regardless of who is at fault, cyclists will typically  be entitled to compensation from the driver’s insurance company.

There are many legal options to explore after a bicycle accident. There are the immediate expenses to cover, as well as medical and rehabilitative support and then there is financial compensation moving forward. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have over 25 years experience protecting Ottawa cyclists and ensuring they are well taken care of and on the best road to recovery following a bicycle accident in Ottawa.

Bicycle Accidents and Injuries

Cyclists involved in a cycling accident with a car or truck typically suffer any number of severe injuries, including orthopaedic injuries, broken bones and head injuries and spinal injuries. Unfortunately, in these accidents , a helmet is not enough protection. Our personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in cycling accidents and can hire expert accident reconstruction experts to reconstruct cycling accidents and prepare engineering reports to show the impact of a cycling accident.

Typically, there is more obligation on a motorists to avoid a cycling accident and there is a reverse onus of proof on the driver. In other words, this means that in a cycling accident a driver must prove that they were NOT at fault. Our bicycle accident lawyers are also experienced in preparing for this.

Cycling accident and free consultations with our personal injury lawyers

Regardless of whether or not you plan on starting a personal injury lawsuit after a cycling accident, It is always best you inform yourself of your legal rights in the even that you may need compensation or support down the road. Some injuries do not show up immediately and months later, cyclists find themselves living in chronic pain.

Our Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers will travel to you and sit down with you and walk you through all your legal options so that you can make the best possible decision following your accident.


Helpful safety tips for parents when it comes to cycling with your kids: Ottawa Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyer.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Ontario Cycling Accidents Lawyer David Hollingsworth…I have 3 very young children who are constantly out on their bicycles. Thankfully we have instilled in them to always wear a helmet.  As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I meet regularly with Ottawa bicycle accident victims who have suffered serious personal injuries such as a head injury, brain injury and I often meet with family members who have lost a family member, because he or she was hit while riding a bicycle and died.  It’s hard to remember but we all need to be reminded that a bicycle is a motor vehicle and that cyclists need to follow the same rules as other motor vehicle. As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, I feel this is especially important to teach our kids at a young age.  For now, yes they are always close by on their bicycles, but before we know it,they will be biking to school, to a friend’s house,to the pool and we won’t be there to remind of the rules of cycling safety.  Let’s teach them now !!

 As adults, we take for granted that our kids  know how traffic works and what safety signs mean. Practice, review and years of experience with adult supervision will help reinforce these lessons.  Most importantly, lead by example.  I’m constantly amazed and what my children do and say and realize that they are copying me and what I do and say.  Set a good example by wearing bike helmets themselves and practicing safe cycling skills. Remember all bicycle helmets should be CSA CPSC or Snell certified and fit properly. All cyclists under 18 must wear a helmet.

As a parent, we all struggle with figuring out when our child is ready. When are they ready to bike to school without an adult?  Your child wants to ride a bicycle to school and naturally you worry. Maybe they will need to cross a busy street and maybe they won’t.  What to do?  You need to feel at ease with your decision. Keep in mind that most kids under the age of 9 will not have the skills to bicycle safely without supervision.

The following may help you make the decision:

  1. Can your child cycle well enough to:
    • check over their shoulder while cycling in a straight line ?
    • quickly and confidently apply brakes to stop ?
    • ride with one hand while displaying safety hand signals ?the ability to know the speed of other vehicles ?
  2. Avoiding a bicycle accident:  Can your child?
  • know their right from left ?
  • the ability to avoid distractions ?
  • lock up the bicycle on their own ?

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle accident: Does your child understand:

  • what yield means ?
  • what “right of way” means ?
  • what road signs mean and where to look for them ?

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle accident : Cycling with an infant:

As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, I would advise against cycling with infants who do not have sufficient neck strength to hold their heads up while wearing a helmet . It is best to wait until your infant is able to sit up on their own and can wear a properly fitted certified bicycle helmet.

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle accident : Cycling with a toddler:

As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, in my opinion, toddlers are safest on a bicycle when they are in a bicycle trailer or in a seat mounted to a bicycle frame. Again, please make sure your toddler is wearing an approved and properly fitted bicycle helmet and that your trailer or seat is firmly attached to the bicycle.

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle accident : Cycling with a bike trailer:

Bicycle trailers offer a more stable and secure environment for your toddler. Not to mention that extra space can be valuable for bringing along toys, snacks, extra clothing or other supplies; which can extend the life of your bike ride and possibly avoid a melt-down. The dangers with bike trailers are that they are less visible and your child is farther away. For safety, it is recommended that you attach a bright coloured  safety flag to the trailer for greater visibility, and if possible,  ride with another adult behind the trailer.

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle accident : Cycling with a rear-mounted seat :

Bicycles equipped with rear-mounted seats allow you to keep your child close to you. However, they also shift the centre of gravity, which may make cycling challenging. It is recommended that you first practice riding with a weight comparable to the child’s in the seat. It is also important to make sure your seat has a high back, a shoulder and lap harness, and foot guards to protect feet from the spokes.

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle accident : Cycling with a front-mounted seat:

There are many types of front-mounted bicycle seats. As an Ottawa Bicycle accident lawyer, I feel that bicycle seats mounted to the handlebars should be avoided, as they may affect steering control. Other front-mounted seats that attach to both the seat and handlebar may be more stable and keep your child in front of you. This would allow you to keep an eye on your child, as well as the road.

Avoiding an Ottawa bicycle Accident : Cycling with a bike-trailer:

Young children can ride with an adult using a trailer-bike. The bike trailer attaches to the seat post and allows  an adult bicycle to become  a tandem bike for kids. It is especially useful for longer trips where young children may get tired pedalling on their own.

All this to say, we need to use common sense and exercise absolute caution when cycling.  There are many Ottawa bicycle accidents daily and sadly some involve children and are very serious.  Cycling is an amazing activity to do with children, which is why it is so important at a young age to teach them right , as we all want our children to enjoy a long life of cycling.  Be safe and happy cycling Ottawa.

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth interviewed for Law Times newspaper

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Rash of pedestrian deaths a coincidence: lawyer                  by Susan Hughes

 

….David Hollingsworth, who runs a personal injury practice for plaintiffs at Goldberg Wiseman Stroud & Hollingsworth LLP  in Ottawa, says one of the big issues in his city is a couple of really “nasty” collisions involving cyclists and buses.

“We have designated bus lanes and designated cyclist lanes and locations in the city where you have to cut across the bus lane to the cyclist lane. There was a fatality, a young woman, doing just that.  That is a hot topic here in Ottawa right now. There have been articles in the paper about what should be done, what they’re going to do to make our cyclists safer.”

Another issue is the widespread flouting of the ban on driving while using a cellphone. But Kwinter says it’s a very difficult law to enforce. “You can pass all the laws you want but if you can’t enforce it so you can take somebody to court and get a conviction, what good is the law?

I haven’t seen any cases where people have been charged but I would think that a police officer would have to be following someone. And if you’re following someone at night, it would be virtually impossible to see what they’re doing.

How do you ever look into the car from behind a vehicle? In the daytime, you’d have to be either following the vehicle for a considerable period of time or be stopped beside the vehicle.

And if anyone sees that they’re being followed by a cop car or that one is beside them, they’re not going to talk on their cellphone.”

Hollingsworth agrees, noting he hasn’t seen or heard of any instances of enforcement. He thinks people are on the phone even more now since cars are better equipped. “There’s no question it’s a problem,” he says.

“You have to dial the number, especially now with 10-digit numbers, and BlackBerrys have small buttons. You can see drivers tapping away at their phone. I guess any conversation, changing the CD is a distraction. But they’ve not got it up at their ear; they’ve got it down in their lap or leaning against the steering wheel.”

The issue has also become an important matter in litigation. “I have a number of cases right now, one in particular which is a fatality, where the strong suggestion is that the driver who caused the accident was texting,” Hollingsworth says.

“That’s now a common thing. Almost every time you’re in an examination for discovery, the question comes up for both parties: whether you were on your cellphone or were texting. The followup question almost always is, ‘Can I have your cellphone records?’ Obviously, that kind of distraction would lead to the contribution of fault.”….

 
It’s more like a political move than anything else. Certainly, it’s quite clear that cellphone use causes accidents. I read one study that said a 20-year-old on a cellphone driving has the same reaction time as a 70-year-old without a cellphone.”….

To read the entire article visit the Law Times website. 
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Ottawa Personal Injuy Lawyer David Hollingsworth can help you after your bicycle accident or cycling.  David will meet with you for a free, no-obligation consultation and takes most Ottawa and Ontario personal injury cases on contingency, which means you won’t have to pay anything until David settled your case for you.


Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer – Ontario cycling accident benefits and compensation

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyers-

Spring has sprung and the bicycles are out! I will admit my heart skips a beat every time my 4-year-old daughter clicks on her helmet and takes her Dora bike out. Riding a bicycle on the road can be dangerous and bicycle accidents can have lifelong implications, including ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, loss of income and the prospect of devastating effects on your family. Bicycle accidents and personal injury can be the result of a negligent driver. Drivers do not always think the person on the bicycle has the same rights, as does a car or motor vehicle.  

Ottawa bicycle accidents can be especially injurious to the bicyclist because he or she has nothing to protect them from a high-speed impact with another vehicle and ultimately, the hard-pavement. Many Ontario bicycle accidents end in tragedy, which includes brain injury, head injury, burns and cuts, spinal injury, broken bones, fractures, and death. I recommend to all bicyclists to always wear a helmet to protect the sensitive brain against head and brain injuries, and to wear protective clothing with reflective qualities—essential for night-time cycling. The reflective gear acts to protect the cyclist by warning drivers in advance of his or her presence. The #1 goal of bicycle safety is to avoid getting hit by a car. Always practice safe cycling by using your hand signals, and riding in designated areas.

In Ottawa Ontario, every cyclist has a right and entitlement to compensation when a driver is negligent and causes an accident that results in their personal injury.
 Ottawa bicycle 
victims who suffer serious personal injury in Ottawa bicycle accidents and Ontario bicycle accidents need to protect their rights to compensation with the help of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer or Ontario personal injury lawyer that understands the laws regarding bicycle accidents in Ontario, specializes in personal injury and driver negligence and can help you get back to your life as best possible.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and suffered a serious personal injury, you are likely entitled to serious compensation. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa, Ontario personal injury team have been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims get maximum compensation for their Ontario personal injury since 1999.  David offers free consultations and takes cases on a contingency basis, which means no money upfront and he gets paid after you get paid.  Contact David directly at www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613-978-9549.


Ottawa Bicycle accident update.

Ottawa Lawyer, David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Injury Lawyer.  I am always so amazed at how Ottawa comes together as a community and supports each other.  Thank you Ottawa !

OTTAWA — Among the casualties of this summer’s rash of collisions between cars and cyclists was the promising future of a young Sudanese refugee who had begun to rise above his difficult past in a troubled country.

But in his death, the roots he helped his family establish in Ottawa took hold, as the community rallied around his grief-stricken brothers.

“My heart is full of happiness,” said John Ochang Luka, whose younger brother, Charles, was struck by a car on Ogilvie Road in July.

“That support I had during that time up to today, I’m very happy. Friends, the Sudanese community in general, and the teachers of Charles and the teachers of my children — all of this made a lot of difference to me.”

Charles Taban Luka, 22, was cycling along Ogilvie Road on July 21, when he drifted out of the bike lane and into the path of cars travelling in the same direction.

Just before 11 p.m., he was hit by a Volkswagen Jetta and sustained critical head injuries. Police say he wasn’t wearing a helmet and may have been drinking.

He was kept on life support at the trauma centre of The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus for two days before he died.

He left behind his three brothers, who all arrived in Ottawa together from Sudan nearly four years ago.

“They’ve come so far, they just start thinking they’re getting ahead and they get hit with this,” said Nicole Hicks, who taught Charles’s niece and nephew at a Beacon Hill North Catholic school.

“They’ve been through so much already, and to be making it on their own and trying to learn English. And Charles would do so much for that family. It’s just an enormous loss for them, they had such a close-knit little family.”

John Ochang Luka, 35, was a refugee in Kenya when he received a scholarship to study in Canada. But he refused to leave without his three younger brothers, and later arrived in Ottawa in November 2004 with them and his wife and two children.

Had he arrived in Canada with just his wife and children, he probably would have had an easier time, financially speaking, said family friend Nathalie Maione.

The elder Luka immediately began working to support his extended family and put his brothers through school, Maione said.

Charles was halfway through a four-year program in bio-technology at Algonquin College, Luka said.

He worked for a biotech company and took on a second job at Tim Hortons, eager to repay the favour to his older brother and contribute money to the family’s coffers, Maione said. He also sent money back to his parents in Sudan.

Four years after arriving in an unfamiliar land, he was well on his way to building a life in Ottawa.

“He was part of the choir at his church, he was very involved,” Maione said. “They used him as an example for the youth, a very upstanding young man.”

 When Charles died, the people he had come to know felt compelled to help his grieving family.

“The community really came together, because they wouldn’t have even been able to afford the funeral,” Maione said.

Money was also raised to send Charles’s body back to Sudan for burial, which was a great comfort to his mother, Luka said.

Shortly after the tragedy, John’s car, which the family relied on heavily, gave out. “Without a vehicle, the family would have to pull the three children out of the school and sever many of the roots they had worked so hard to establish,” Hicks said. 

She went to work finding the family another vehicle. She spoke with Luc Bélanger, general manager of Marcel Belanger Pontiac Buick GMC, about the family’s plight.

“My idea was for them just to defer the payment or something so we could fundraise at school. When I asked them how much the van was, they said: ‘Free of charge.’”

 Still mourning Charles, the family is now faced with the stress of trying to find a new place to live that will accommodate Luka’s wife and children and his two younger brothers, who live in an apartment nearby. But the help they’ve received since July has meant a lot to them.

 “This minivan and other things, this is a lot,” Luka said. “This is a lot.

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