Let’s eliminate dangerous driving. OPP launch Facebook site dedicated to sharing real stories of texting and driving and the dangerous outcomes.

Reduction in Ottawa accidents and the elimination of dangerous driving

Did you know that texting while driving increases your chances by more than 20 times to become involved in an accident ? The Ontario Provincial Police announced that although people who know how dangerous texting and driving is, drivers are continuing to text and drive. Sarah Anderson, of CFRA reported that the OPP have launched a new campaign  “Put Down the Phone and Leave it Alone” in an effort to educate people on the serious dangers of texting , talking and driving. One way they plan to hit home the message is to share stories publicly.  They are hoping that people will read true stories of people who have died from texting and driving or talking and driving and think twice about doing it themselves.  For example, recently a family released the final text their son wrote, which wasn’t completely finished, as he died while texting it. He was distracted and drove into oncoming traffic.

The OPP have set up a  Facebook page for such stories. They are encouraging people to contribute stories of near-misses, accidents and dangerous distracted driving. The goal is to have people rethink their own driving safety habits.

So far, there has been input from the public.  People are writing in stories that need to be shared. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I sadly meet with families who have lost loved ones as a result of distracted driving.  These are senseless accidents and can absolutely be avoided.  We worry so much about new teenage drivers, it is important to note that if you have children in the car, you must lead by example.  Your children will watch what you are doing, If they learn from you that it is ok to text and drive occasionally, guess what ? They will text and drive.  Talk to your children and highlight the fact that you can’t answer your emails or text, as you are driving and driving and texting is not an option. Please, please put your devices far away from the wheel. This will avoid any temptation you may have .  If it’s far enough away, you can’t grab it.

Texting and driving has become a serious problem and we must put an end to it. Regardless of how many years you have been driving you cannot text and drive.  It takes a split second for an accident to happen. That accident could kill you, your family or someone else.  If you don’t believe me, call me and I can share some very sad stories with you.

Let’s all work together to eliminate dangerous driving. It can be done. All we have to do is change our mindsets and our habits. Drive safely !

 


Ontario Police focusing on distracted driving: It’s not just cell phones !

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:

eating,

drinking,

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 .

 

 


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

Rockland Accident

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 accident Regional Road 174 results in serious personal injuries.

David Hollingsworth Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer…Regional Rd. 174 is closed between Trim Road and Cameron Street this morning as Ottawa police are investigating a serious car accident. The Ottawa accident happened on Regional Rd. 174, near Cameron Street. Two people were rushed to an Ottawa  hospital with serious personal injuries. I hope to soon be able report some better news….

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Smith Falls accident , death Tracy Banks and serious personal injury

Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth..Sadly, a 51-year-old Smiths Falls woman has died after in a head-on accident on Highway 43 this morning morning. Tracy Banks has been identified as the Ontario accident victim. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Tracy Banks.

Ontario Provincial Police reported reported that a 31-year-old man from Perth also suffered serious personal injuries in the Ontario accident, west of Smiths Falls. My thoughts go out to this man and his family. I hope he can recover fully from this accident.

The Ottawa accident and injury lawyer blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario accident lawyer David Hollingsworth. David specializes in helping Ontario accident victims get the help and compensation they need after losing a loves one or suffering personal injury in an Ontario accident. For more information visit www.ottawainjury.ca. Feel free to call 613-978-9549 for a free consultation.


Ottawa Glebe Collegiate Teen Drowned in Swimming Accident

Ottawa Area Water Accident..The family of Hay Mu Tha Kyu and students at Glebe Collegiate Institute are mourning the loss of one of their own. The school was mourning Hay Mu Tha Kyu, 15, who jumped off a cliff into Charleston Lake while out swimming with friends Saturday and didn’t surface. His body was found yesterday afternoon.

Hay Mu Tha Kyu is remembered as an energetic boy and a talented basketball and volleyball teammate. Hay Mu Tha Kyu was very popular at Glebe Collegiate and had a large circle of friends.  Some of his friends reported to the Ottawa Citizen that people were drawn to him . Hay Mu Tha Kyu was a young boy when his family fled war in Burma to a refugee camp in Mae La Oon, Thailand. That’s where another friend, Pahgalay Kyu, 18, got to know him. Pahgalay Kyu became friends with Hay Mu Tha Kyu  during the years they spent at the refugee camp. Once both families came to Canada, their friendship continued, and they spoke daily through text messaging.

Kyu had been swimming with two other young males when he jumped off the rock cliff at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday and never resurfaced. His family was there when the body was recovered.

This very sad accident serves as a reminder to us all that we are not invincible and accidents can happen at any time.  Please enjoy this summer and all this beautiful weather, BUT BE SAFE !!  My thoughts go out to everyone who was touched by Hay Mu Tha Kyu, especially his family.

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Hastings Highlands Ontario car accident results in serious personal injuries Francine Gelinas and death of Aldoraise Piche.

Ottawa Area Accident : Police have released the identity of the driver who died Thursday afternoon as a result of a highway accident near the municipality of Hastings Highlands, Ontario. Sadly, Aldoraise Piche died after she lost control of her Ford pickup on Highway 62. The truck rolled several times and thankfully no other vehicles were involved in the accident.  Piche’s female passenger, Francine Gélinas, 63, suffered serious personal injuries in the  accident and had to be airlifted to an Ottawa hospital. Both women are from l’Île-du-Grand-Calumet, in Quebec’s Outaouais region. The incident occurred on a stretch of provincial highway about 175 kilometres west of Ottawa, near the southern boundary of Algonquin. My thoughts go out to the Piche family and I also hope that Francine Gelinas personal injuries are not as serious as initially reported and she is able to fully recover from them. I wish her a full and speedy recovery.

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Ottawa Pedestrian Accident, Lawyers Ottawa

Ottawa Lawyer, Ottawa Injury Lawyer David hollingsworth…It  snowed quite a bit  in Ottawa yesterday.  Please be careful on your drive into work this morning.  Sadly, yesterday morning an Ottawa woman is serious condition in an Ottawa hospital.  She was involved in a pedestrian accident when a car hit her at the  intersection on Montreal Road, east of Ottawa’s downtown. The pedestrian was trapped under the vehicle, and unfortuately was stuck there for close to 15 minutes before Ottawa firefighters could free her.  As a result of this Ottawa accident , the woman suffered serious personal injuires including woman leg and arm injuries.  I hope she will be ok and her injuries are not permanent.  I wish her a speedy and full recovery.

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David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer specializing in personal  injury representing Ontario accident victims since 1999. David practices with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience in representing accident victims, and helping personal injury accident victims get the compensation they need at an incredibly difficult time.  David offers free consultations, takes cases on contingency  and travels to  homes or hospital. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. If you have a question, feel free to email david@ottawainjury.ca

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Are hands free applications reducing Ottawa car accidents? Ottawa Accident Lawyer

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer , Ottawa Law Firm, Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. I came across this article on CBC.ca website and thought I would share it with you.  I would love to hear your thoughts….Smartphone applications that allow drivers to send and receive text messages while keeping their hands on the wheel may be legal, but police are concerned they will lead to more distracted drivers. At least five smartphone apps now on the market offer voice technology that converts text messages to audio messages, and then allow the user to speak out their responses, which are converted to text. The applications are designed to allow drivers to keep using handheld devices while on the road, which is illegal in every province except New Brunswick and Alberta, where laws passed last year are expected to take effect later in 2011. The Yukon Territory also passed legislation that will come into effect later this year. Ottawa resident Georges Khoury said he installed a voice application on his phone a month ago, after a near accident. “Police say that if you need to use the phone or text, park on the side,” said Khoury. “But most of the time I’m in a hurry. I’m not going to be able to do that … and I was able to find this app.” The new applications may be legal, but Ottawa police Sgt. Al Ferris said police are worried they’ll become the latest driving distraction. “It’ll catch on like wildfire,” said Ferris. “Anything new and exciting. If they can do it and try to get away with it, they’re going to try it. And unfortunately it is going to be a risk to us.” Ferris said anything that takes your mind off the task of driving is going to be a risk.

Distraction poses risk, researchers say

Some research suggests that the danger of using mobile phones is not just about holding a device in hand. “It’s about attention/distraction, not about hands,” Yoko Ishigami, a Dalhousie University psychologist, told CBC in a 2010 interview. “It’s kind of misleading that people ban only hand-held phones. It gives the wrong impression that it’s okay to talk on the phone, which is not good at all.” A 2010 study by the U.S. Highway Loss Data Institute found that 20 jurisdictions in the United States that banned driving and texting and seven that banned driving and talking on hand-held devices did not experience a drop in accident claims, relative to states without a ban. The institute said one possible explanation was that people were switching to hands-free devices.

Ferris said police will be monitoring the use of hands-free texting applications, and if they discover a problem they will ask the province to step in and ban all texting.

What do you think?

Source: CBC.ca website -With files from the CBC’s Ashley Burke

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David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury law firm representing motor vehicle accident victims, including those involved in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, snowmobile accidents since 1999. David practices with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience in representing accident victims, and helping accident victims settle their insurance claims with maximum settlements and compensation.  Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer   David Hollingsworth  knows how to make a difference in accident victims lives (whether they are at fault or not)  at a particularly difficult and stressful time.  David works hard at always obtaining maximum compensation for his personal injury clients and their families and relieving  them of  stress.  David offers free consultations, takes cases on contingency  and travels to  homes or hospital. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information.

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Ottawa Woman Accident Carling and Iroquois, Personal Injury Lawyer

Ottawa Pedestrian Accident, Ottawa Car Accident Lawyers…Regrettably, a 50-year-old Ottawa woman was taken to an Ottawa hospital after she was hit by a car while crossing the street on Ottawa’s west side late yesterday afternoon. Ottawa Paramedics responded to the Ottawa accident  at Carling Avenue and Iroquois Road at 4:20 p.m. The Ottawa woman was in stable condition with serious head injuries and injuries to her face. I hope she fully recovers from this terrible accident and my thoughts go out to her and her family.

Source: the Ottawa Citizen

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