Barrhaven accident Greenbank Road results in tragic death of Rocco D’Angelo.

Accident in Barrhaven

Accident L awyer David Hollingsworth…

Tragically,  46 year old Rocco D’Angelo has died in an Ottawa hospital last night, just hours after he was hit in Barrhaven. The deceased was crossing the road at Greenbank Road, close to Barnsdale Road when he was tragically hit  by another vehicle just before 1 pm in the afternoon. At the Barrhaven accident scene, the man was unconscious with unstable vital signs when Ottawa paramedics arrived. He was immediately treated for a serious head injury but sadly, after being transported to the hospital, he died from his injuries. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult and sad time.

With all of the development occurring in Barrhaven, the number of families and businesses moving in is on the rise. With more cars and more people in Barrhaven, the number of Barrhaven accidents is also likely to rise. While the street planners have designed the area to be as safe as possible, there will always be accidents.

Wrongful Death Insurance Claims

Our personal injury lawyers meet regularly with families who have been involved in a Barrhaven accident and who need advice. We offer free consultations that related to insurance claims for personal injury and the loss of loved ones in an accident.

Losing a loved one in an accident is tragic. We understand how families need time to grieve and come together to support one another through some incredibly tough times. Our lawyers can help set up funds so that you are able to send off a loved one and not be worried about finances.  We also have a checklist prepared to help organised all required documents needed when a loved one is lost. There may also be other insurance compensations beyond a funeral expense such as expenses incured by visiting families members etc…These are all details that people who are grieving do not need to think about. Our personal injury lawyers Ottawa can do this for you.

You have been through enough. We can’t bring back a loved one; however we can help you.


Ottawa Byward Market accidents result in serious personal injury: back injury, chest injuryand leg injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. 2 Ottawa accidents resulted in 2 pedestrians suffering personal injuries in Ottawa’s ByWard Market yesterday morning. The first Ottawa pedestrian accident involved an elderly  woman who was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with serious personal injuries, including chest and back injuries. She was hit by a car at Sussex Drive and Murray Street. Thankfully she is in stable condition.

Also in Ottawa’s Bytown Market,  on Rideau and Dalhousie streets, a young woman was treated for serious personal injuries, including a leg injury after being hit by a car. She too is in an Ottawa hospital in stable condition.

I wish both women a full and hopefully speedy recovery….

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. 

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Ottawa weather expected : heavy wet snowfall up to 15 cm. Please drive safely!, Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Weather.  Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth….Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Ottawa area tonight night, with up to 15 centimetres of wet snow coming our way overnight. A winter storm watch was upgraded to the snowfall warning early today for the area from Brockville Gatineau, including the City of Ottawa. The snowstorm is expected to start with light rain in the afternoon then turning to wet snow.  They say there’s potential for up to 15 centimetres of wet snow by tomorrow morning, with the highest amounts coming along the Ontario/Quebec border and smaller amounts in the St. Lawrence River Valley. There will then be a sharp drop in temperatures, but Environment Canada says there’s not much risk of the flash freeze. Please try your best to stay off the roads.  If you need to be out, drive slowly and safely.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when driving in icy conditions:

  • Exercise extreme caution after a long dry spell.
  • Allow for more travel time.
  • Brake earlier and with less force
  • Stay toward the middle of the road to avoid deep standing puddles.
  • Don’t use cruise control.
  • If you see a large puddle up ahead, drive around it or choose a different route.
  • Don’t attempt to cross running water.
  • After you cross a puddle, tap on your brake pedal lightly to dry off some of the water on your rotors.
  • Turn on your headlights
  • Watch out for pedestrians.
  • If it’s raining so hard that you can’t see the road or the car in front of you, pull over and wait it out.
  • Track the car ahead of you.
  • Give a truck or bus extra distance.
  • Defog your windows.
  • If you start to hydroplane, don’t brake suddenly or turn the wheel, or you might spin into a skid.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims who have suffered a personal  injury 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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Ontario car accidents and baby car seat installation tips, Ottawa Lawyer

What you need to know about car seat installation  childinjury

As a father of three young children who are all still in car seats, I found it  astonishing that 84 % of baby and infant car seats are not  properly installed. Proper car seat is crucial.  Improper car seat installation  leaves our children unsafe in the event of a car accident and more likely to suffer serious personal injury. It’s important to ensure your child is properly secured in their car seat to keep them safe. The following are a couple of things you can do help ensure your child’s safety in the event of a car accident:

Don’t buy a used car seat. A used car seat may have missing parts or was involved in a previous car accident. Older car seats also expire in 6-9 years. If you do however purchase a used car seat, please call the manufacturer to verify if it is still safe. Here are a few things you can do to help ensure your child’s safety.

  1. 45 degree angle: Put rear-facing car seats at a 45-degree angle. At this angle, the baby’s head is supported and its chin won’t fall to the check, blocking your baby’s airway.
  2. Snap then Wrap: Cover your baby with blankets or dress him or her warmly if it is cold outside. But, beware bulky snowsuits will be compressed in a car crashor car accident, and the baby could be ejected from the car if the harness becomes loose. Dressing the baby warmly, and buckling in, then covering the baby with blankets for warmth is safer.
  3. Center Up: The best, safest location for your baby’s car seat is in the center seat. If you have multiple children, any back seat spot is safer than the front.
  4. Double Check: Use free installation checks performed by certified technicians, such as local Ottawa fire  stations or the Ottawa police.

And of course, ALWAYS drive safely !

 

 

 


Ottawa Car Accident- Woodroffe and Fallowfield, Pregnant woman in Ottawa hospital suspected spinal cord injury

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses accident Woodroffe and Fallowfield.car

A pregnant woman was extricated from her vehicle after a four-car pileup accident Woodroffe and Fallowfield during the afternoon rush hour in Ottawa’s west end Friday. This accident at Woodroffe Avenue and Fallowfield Road slowed traffic after the rear-end collision occurred just before 5 p.m. Ottawa Paramedics were quick to arrive at the scene of the Ottawa accident and noted that s 3 people were transported to a nearby Ottawa hospital, including a pregnant woman who suffered upper back injuries and was treated  for a suspected spinal injury. There seem to be a number of accidents Woodroffe and Fallowfield.  As Barrhaven continues to grow, more and more traffic will grow in these areas .  I hope everyone involved in this Ottawa accident is ok and the pregnant woman and her newborn baby receive a clean bill of health.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I hope that the City Of Ottawa is tracking the number of accidents at this particular intersection and if changes need to be made, they are a rush priority. The City of Ottawa is a great place to live and we need to constantly improve our city and make it as safe as possible.

Ontario accident benefits will likely be available to the injured in this accident . Regardless of who is at fault in an accident, Ontario accident benefits exist to help people get the help they need following an accident. These benefits may include: Income replacement benefits, medical and rehabilitation benefits, caregiver benefits and many other accident benefits available , depending on the nature of the injuries suffered.  Navigating an insurance claim and accessing the right benefits can be a daunting task. Our personal injury lawyers take this hassle away from our clients by filing out the necessary OCF forms and ensuring that they are done correctly.


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 


Ottawa cyclists deserve cycling safety, Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth,

Cycling Accidents in Ontario

Listen up Ottawa. Over 200 Ottawa cyclists took to the streets and they went with a mission:cycling safety deserves our attention. “The message has to be a level of respect and polite sharing of the ,” quoted Eleanor McMahon. Sadly, McMahon lost her husband to a cycling accident 4 years ago. He served and protected as a Ontario police officer, now she is  protecting his legacy through the “share the road” riding event. I couldn’t agree more with Mrs. McMahon. The number of Ottawa cycling accidents each year is terrible and it’s avoidable.  We need change from both cyclists and drivers to ensure a safer cycling culture here in Ottawa.

This movement has a goal of  ensuring no further lives are lost because of a bicycle accident. 2 weeks ago, a 53-year-old cyclist died on Boyce Street in Ottawa’s west end. The loss was felt by Ottawa’s strong cycling community. It was also not that  long ago that Ottawa was devastated by the bizarre Ottawa cycling accident that injured 5 cyclists.  Cathy Anderson was there and said “It raises a lot of emotions in me because we are still going through rehabilitation,” Thankfully, Cathy was one of 5 cyclists who survived  the tragic bicycle accident in Kanata last July.  Public education and determination are whats needed to ring about change . Change will bring safety.  One of the goals of raising enough money to put together a plan to approach our government. The end goal for cycling safety would be a new law in Ontario that allows for a one-metre rule between a cyclist and a vehicle.

Common cycling accident injuries

Ottawa bicycle accident

Our lawyers travel to you and will ensure you are well taken care of following an Ottawa bicycle accident.

The following are some common types of collisions that a cyclist may suffer personal injury in:

  • A driver making a direct turn in a cyclist’s lane;
  • A driver entering a street from a driveway, alley or lot and pulls into traffic in front of the cyclist;
  • A driver who doesn’t yield at an intersection;
  • A driver who runs a stop sign or runs red light;
  • A distracted driver;
  • A driver who doesn’t shoulder check or use mirrors;
  • A driver who is under the influence of a substance that can affect judgement and reaction times.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer

There is very little protection for a cyclist involved in a bicycle accident and bicycle injuries can be very severe, ranging from orthopedic injuries to severe brain injuries and paraplegia. If you have been involved in a bicycle or cycling accident, you may need the help of  an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.  David Hollingsworth is an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer who can help guide you through the process and make sure you are financially covered in the future. Free consultations www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549


Common Injuries from Motorcycle accidents – Ottawa Accident Lawyers

Ottawa Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth-

The weather in Ottawa is expected to hit somewhere in the high 20s this long weekend.  With the warm weather, many motorcycle enthusiasts will likely be hauling their motorcycle out of storage and hitting Ottawa roads.  A motorcyclist is not as protected as those who drive cars and most accidents result in quite severe personal injury.  As a Ontario personal injury lawyer in Ottawa, David Hollingsworth has helped many Ontario motorcycle accident victims get maximum compensation for the most common personal injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Common Personal Injuries from Motorcycle Accidents


Top Ottawa Personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth has dealt with a range of common injuries secondary to motorcycle accidents, which can include a personal injury-fracture, spinal cord injury, brain damage and concussion, nerve damage, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. Basically, these accidents all have a common theme: you have been hurt and are entitled to maximum compensation for your personal injury.

Fractures

are a common personal injury secondary to motorcycle accidents, which often throw victims from the motorcycle and can produce fractures and lacerations if bones break through the surface of the skin. This can also result in damage to tendons, joints and nerves.

Spinal cord injury

are another very serious and common injury secondary to motorcycle accidents. They can occur if the vertebrae (or protected spinal cord that transmits nerve impulses from the brain to the rest of the body) suffers any injury. Severity depends on how much and what region of the spinal cord is damaged. Victims can become paralyzed from the neck down, or may lose some function in their legs, or any combination.

Brain damage and concussions

can result from motorcycle accidents. Head trauma is common, causing a concussion or a traumatic brain injury that can dramatically reduce the victim’s overall quality of life and his or her ability to live independently. Often serious injuries can result in combinations of brain damage and concussion and spinal cord injury or some other serious issue – further aggravating your rehabilitation process and increasing the need to see a lawyer expert in your area of injury.

Nerve damage

can occur when a motorcyclist lands on his or her arm, leg, or some other high nerve ending location of your body during an accident. The force of the impact can result in nerve damage and the loss of some or all function in the affected limb. Amputations may be required in any of the injuries depending on severity. There are methods of procuring compensation for such injuries.

Personal Injury-Disfigurement

Facial disfigurement can occur when drivers are not wearing protective face equipment.  Trauma to the face can result in intense pain, and the driver with the disfigurement may go through painful and expensive plastic surgery or have scars from the motorcycle accident for  life.

Emotional trauma such as pain and suffering

is another devastating and common injury that can result from a motorcycle accident. Often, a physical injury has healed but the emotional scars still remain. These are what is known as emotional trauma or “pain and suffering” due to your accident. PTSD or “post traumatic stress disorder” is one among many forms of emotional trauma that can result from your injury.

As a Ontario motorcycle driver you do everything you can to prevent motorcycle accidents knowing that it can be dangerous. Even if you take every precaution, you may still end up with a personal injury from a motorcycle accident through no fault of your own. You may need compensation for medical needs, attendant care, housekeeping, and many other areas. David Hollingsworth is here to help.

If you are injured in a Ontario motorcycle accident you may need the help a highly skilled Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer to help you maximize your insurance claim. Contact David Hollingsworth, Ottawa , Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer  for a free consultation.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549


Ottawa car accident lawyers reports on top 10 areas for Ottawa accidents

Ottawa Accident Lawyers – Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer –

Here are the most recent satistics I could find. To all the Ottawa, Ontario drivers out there, drive safely but be extra cautious at these intersections:

David Hollingsworth, Car Accident Lawyer in Ottawa and the top 10 Ottawa Car Accident Collision Locations:

West Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe Avenue

Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive

Hawthorne Road and Walkley Road

Belfast Road and St. Laurent Boulevard

Heron Road and Riverside Drive

Coventry Road and St. Laurent Boulevard

Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue

Prince of Whales Drive and West Hunt Club Road

Innes Road and Tenth Line Road

Industrial Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard

An accident can happen anywhere , on any street, any corner , and in any area.

These are just some of Ottawa’s highest accident areas.  Hopefully, we can shed some light on these Ottawa accidents and change can take place to make Ottawa roads safer. If you have any concerns about areas or streets that you believe to be unsafe, please contact your MPP or  the City of Ottawa and voice your concerns.  This also goes for dangerous curbs, sidewalk and playground equipment located on city of Ottawa property or City of Ottawa parks. Most accidents can be prevented and there is no reason why we can’t al do our part in preventing as many accidents as we can.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to an accident or have a question regarding a personal injury, I can help you get the maximim benefits you are entitled to.  If your accident occurred on City of Ottawa property, there are specific timelines that need to be met in order for a lawsuit to proceed as smoothly as possible. Our lawyers can help you submit your paperwork and commence a personal lawsuit on your behalf. Free consultations, no obligations !


Ottawa accident lawyer shares statistics on accidents..

Ottawa Car Accident

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can honestly say these statistics are alarming . 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 2004:

  • 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.

Every driver, pedestrian and cyclists needs to do their part in reducing the number of car accidents and injuries related to car accidents each year.  The statistics don’t lie and there is a lot we can do to lower the number of accidents on our roads each year.  Let’s do it.