Ottawa Cycling Accident
Did you know that there are roughly 300 reported collisions annually between bicycles and motor vehicles in Ottawa ? As Ottawa injury lawyers, we meet regularly with people who have been in a cycling accident and have been injured. It goes without saying that typically when an accident occurs between a cyclist and a motor vehicle, it is the cyclist that suffers the most serious injuries. One day we received a request for a free consultation from a woman. “AD” was looking for some advice as she had been cycling and suffered several injuries. She wanted maximum compensation for her injuries.
Injuries Resulting From Accident:
AD was 35 year old single woman at the time of her motor vehicle accident. One day she was riding her bicycle across a cross walk when she was struck by a vehicle. She sustained a right knee fracture, suffered from chronic neck pain, concussion and partial tear of right pectoral muscle. She also suffered from brief period of depression and anxiety. The concern was whether or not these injuries would fully heal and would our client be able to return to a quality of life she once had? Thankfully, we were able to consult with some of the top medical experts in Ottawa, whom we work with daily. We have an established relationship with some of top medial professionals and specialists in Ottawa.
Compensation for Injury:
Thankfully, most of AD’s injuries did heal and following her accident she was able to return to full time employment. Our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to settle this case with the insurance company without having to go to court and dragging out the process any longer. After a private settlement conference, our Ottawa injury lawyers were able to negotiate a favourable settlement with the insurance company in the amount of $131,000.00 for this cycling accident in Ottawa. This allowed our client to move on and put some closure to this accident and time in her life.
If you have been injured in a cycling accident and need advice from an Ottawa lawyer, contact us. There is a lot of information available to you that you need to make an informed decision.
*Please note: Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.
Ottawa Cycling Accident
Listen up Ottawa… Do you have any information that could help this family ?
36-year-old cyclist Mathieu Trudel was involved in a very serious cycling accident on October 30 that resulted in him being in the hospital with a very serious brain injury.
Mathieu is a visual and graphic artist and was on his way to work, riding his bicycle in the eastbound lane of Rideau Street, close to the Cummings Bridge. The accident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m.
We do know that Mathieu crashed and injured his right side, fractured his cheekbone, suffered a closed head injury and was found unconscious. Thankfully he was wearing a helmet. This helmet may have saved his life. The rest of the details surrounding his accident are unknown. This is where hopefully someone can help.
Mathieu’s family is asking for the help of the Ottawa community. If you witnessed this accident or have any information that can help determine what happened, please contact authorities. Mathieu is currently recovering at Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus and any information brought forward may help trigger his memory and help determine what happened in the accident.
How to contact Ottawa Police
If you have any information that can help , please contact Mathieu’s family at 613-837-2641 or call the Ottawa Police and ask for Const. Ryan Lorette at 613-236-1222 ext. 6954. Any information you may have could be valuable. If you can help, please do.
Ottawa Cycling Accident Lawyer
Well it is officially summer . What a gorgeous day to be out on a bicycle and although Ottawa has many designated cycling paths, a cycling accident can happen anytime, any place. We thought this would be a great time to review a few cycling safety tips and ideas on how to keep you and your children safe while cycling.
The first tip is the most obvious: Always wear a helmet..that includes parents too. Although the law only requires cyclists under 18 to wear a helmet, it’s the right thing to do. Lead by example and show your children that yes, even adults need to protect themselves while cycling.
Replace a helmet if its is at all damaged or cracked. You might think it seems like just a small crack; however, a small crack on a helmet is enough to compromise the helmet and render it useless in a cycling accident.
Make sure the helmet fits properly. There is no point in wearing an ill-fitting helmet if it’s going to fall off in impact. The Ontario government promotes the “2-4-1 Helmet Salute” a proper fitting helmet is when 1) you can fit “2” fingers between the helmet and the eyebrows, 2) helmet straps meet in a “V” shape below the ears (that’s 4 fingers) and lastly 3) one finger would fit between the chin strap and the chin.
If you wear a helmet properly, the helmet will absorb the force of the impact from hitting your head and spread that force throughout the helmet; which then reduces the impact on the brain. When the brain crashes , it moves throughout the fluid in the skull and hits the sides of the skull. Often times, an impact of this nature can leave a brain bruised, swollen or bleeding. The result can be a brain injury and many brain injuries are permanent and life altering.
Avoiding Ottawa Cycling Accidents
Ride the right size of bicycle. Yes, your child might be excited to move up to the next size of bicycle; however you need to make sure they are riding a bicycle with the correct frame size, seat height, frame length, and proper working brakes. A bicycle that is too big is difficult to control properly and can result in a bicycle accident.
Make yourself visible and heard. Ensure your bicycle has adequate lights, reflectors, bells, horns or reflective tape.
Before heading out, give your bicycle a once-over check. Check the ABCs…air, brakes, and chain.
Know and follow the rules of the road. Don’t forget, a bicycle is a vehicle and must follow the rules and laws just as a driver of a car would do. This includes leaving enough space between you and other drivers, riding one metre from the curb or from other parked cars, riding in a straight line on the right hand side of the road, obeying all traffic signs, using the proper hand signals , stopping at stop signs and red lights, stopping for buses, stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks etc..
Never, ever ride against traffic. Drivers simply aren’t aware of cyclists riding on the left side of the road.
Watch for road hazards such as puddles, potholes, loose gravel, loose pavement etc…
One of the most common cycling accidents we see as Ottawa personal injury lawyers are bicycle accidents involving right turning vehicles. Always stay behind a vehicle as you get close to the intersection and do not try to pass. Often times the result is that the cyclist gets pinched in and often pinned beneath the vehicle.
There are many valuable resources throughout the Ottawa community and throughout Ontario. for more information on cycling safety visit: City of Ottawa Cycling Safety, Service Ontario, Citizens for Cycling Safety, Kids CAN-BIKE, Ontario Cycling Association to name a few.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers
If you have any questions that relate to cycling accidents and personal injury law, feel free to contact any of our Ottawa personal injury lawyers and we would be happen to provide you with the information you need.
Ottawa Cycling Accident
This is a reminder for all Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa drivers to please share the road and be aware of others on the road. Another Ottawa cyclist is in hospital after a cycling accident on Rideau and Dalhousie, yesterday at approximately 1:30 p.m. This is an extremely busy intersection and also an intersection where many Ottawa accidents have occurred. Ottawa has many high traffic areas, especially in our downtown core. It is extremely important especially in high traffic areas that everyone slows down a bit and pay particular attention to where they are driving and cycling. It could very well save a life and at the very least can help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents. There are no reports as to the severity of the female cyclists condition at this time. I wish her a full recovery.
Did you know? Cycling accidents and Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance
Cyclists are entitled to accident benefits if they have been injured in an accident , even if they do not have insurance. Many cyclists are unaware of the compensation they are entitled to following an accident in Ontario. Ontario Accident Benefits can cover expenses and compensation, regardless of who is at fault and regardless of whether or not a cyclist has their own insurance or not. If you have been injured in an accident in Ontario. Contact an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer to find out what services, support and benefits you are entitled to.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in cycling accidents and maximizing insurance claims. For more information, visit our cycling accident page at www.ottawainjury.ca/cycling-accidents/. Our personal injury lawyers will travel to you and walk you through the options cyclists have when it comes to accidents and insurance claims. Cyclists have rights and it’s important cyclists are informed.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth
It looks to be a gorgeous day in Ottawa and I suspect many people will be getting their bicycles out for the first time this year. Cycling is an amazing activity. Sadly, it is not an activity without it’s risks. There are many things drivers and cyclists can do to help reduce the likelihood of a cycling accident. There are also a number of laws in Ottawa surrounding cycling and cycling safety.
For example, did you know that in certain circumstances a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle and that any collisions must be reported to Ottawa police if injuries or damages are in excess of $1,000 ? It’s important to treat a cycling accident like you would a motor vehicle accident. Gather all the information such as names, phone numbers, witnesses, insurance information, policy numbers etc. As soon as possible, write out your account of what happened in the accident and keep this information in a safe place. Cyclists who are hit by a motor vehicle are entitled to compensation through the driver’s insurance company and Ontario accident benefits.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act is also quite specific when it comes to bicycles. If it’s a 1/2 hour before sunset or 1/2 hour after sunrise, or anytime there is reduced visibility. By law, every bicycle must be fully equipped with…
- A working bell or horn (A fine of $85 can be issued if you are cycling without a working bell or horn)
- A working braking system on the rear wheel (A fine of $85 can be issued if you are cycling without a proper working braking system)
- A front light (white) (A fine of $20 can be issued if you are cycling without lights)
- A rear light (red) or red rear reflector
- 2 pieces of white reflective tape on front forks
- 2 pieces of red reflective tape on rear forks
In Ottawa, bicycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists under 16 years of age. A fine of $60.00 can be issued for not wearing a helmet. All helmets must be CSA or CPSC certified. All helmets need to fit properly and close to the head and all bicycle helmet straps need to fit properly under the ears.
A few basic pathway rules are…
- Cycle on the right of the yellow centre line
- Be cautious when passing others
- Always use a bell/voice/horn when passing others
- Whenever possible use hand turn signals
- Cycle at a reasonable speed
- Exercise caution while cycling in the evening. Slow down, wear bright colored clothes and turn on all bicycle lights
Cyclists who do not yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks are subject to a $85.00 fine.
Cyclists who do not walk their bikes at crosswalks are subject to $85.00
The following are not considered to be bicycles and therefore have different laws :
- Limited speed motorcycles
- Motor assisted bicycles
- Segway Transporters
- Low speed vehicles
- Motorized scooters
- Pocket bikes
Please enjoy your day out on your bicycles and ride safely. Sadly, I meet too regularly with Ottawa bicycle accident victims who have bit hit, doored or suffered serious personal injuries as a result of a cycling accident. Both drivers and cyclists have their role in helping reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents. Let’s work together on this Ottawa !
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Accident Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario David Hollingsworth and Associates…
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.
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.
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth ..Ottawa Police are conducting a bicycle safety campaign until this Sunday to ensure Ottawa cyclists are adhering to all road safety rules. For everyone’s safety , Ottawa Cyclists are reminded to stop at all stop signs and red lights. Ottawa Police are also cautioning Ottawa cyclists to be careful when crossing intersections and to use proper cycling hand signals when turning and stopping. It is illegal for cyclists to ride on the sidewalk, and cyclists must share the road.
Please everyone–drivers and cyclists, be very careful and aware of each other out on our Ottawa roads.
-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth
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Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Ottawa cyclists were out on the roads yesterday but sadly, many of their commutes were not safe. Ottawa Paramedics responded to 3 separate Ottawa bicycle accidents in a span of 41 minutes yesterday morning:
-Ottawa paramedics helped a 42-year-old man with scrapes and an injury to his collar-bone after he was hit at Baseline Road and Farlane Boulevard in Ottawa’s east end.
-A 30-year-old man was hit on Prince of Wales Drive near Waterford Drive in Ottawa’s south end. When Ottawa paramedics arrived at the Ottawa accident scene, he was unconscious and was treated for a head injury. He was taken to an Ottawa hospital in serious but stable condition.
-A 25-year-old man was hit while cycling at the intersection of Hunt Club Road and Bank Street in Ottawa’s south end. He suffered an arm injury and lacerations to his knee. He was taken to an Ottawa hospital in stable condition.
These recent Ottawa bicycle accidents bring the issue of Ottawa’ s cycling safety to the forefront. There are far too many cycling accidents and deaths each year in Ottawa. Most of these accidents are avoidable. Both cyclists and drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and respect the rules of the road. We can’t continue to have these, or even worse cycling accidents in Ottawa.
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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, www.ottawainjury.ca Regrettably I have terrible news to share with you. Sadly, Nathan Anderson died today in an Ottawa hospital. What a very tragic death. My thoughts go out to his grieving family and friends….
original post: Unfortunately I do not have better news to share at this time. Nathan Anderson remains comatose and in critical condition in an Ottawa hospital. The man who hit him got out of jail today after a bail hearing in Ottawa court. Glen Carkner was released on a $32,000 bond and ordered to abstain from alcohol and drugs. He was also forbidden to drive a car. Glen Carkner has been in jail since the February 1 tragic accident that left cyclist Nathan Anderson in an Ottawa hospital with a critical head injury.
Ottawa cyclist Nathan Anderson was seriously injured yesterday afternoon when he was hit by what was reported as a drunk driver (charges have been laid ) on Carling Avenue . The terrible Ottawa accident has left him with critical injuries and possibly a brain injury, in an Ottawa hospital. Glen Carkner was charged with impaired driving and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in connection with the Ottawa accident. The cyclist, is a 31-year-old man, and it was rteported that he suffered critical head injuries. Nathan Anderson, remains in an hospital in critical but thankfully stable condition. My thoughts go out to his friends and family of Nathan Anderson…He will have a long and difficult road ahead of him and will need a lot of support.
Carkner was arrested at the Ottawa accident scene by Ottawa police. Minutes earlier staff at the Hampton Park Plaza LCBO had seen him staggering into the LCBO, crashing into several signs and a guard rai. Trained LCBO staff refused to sell Carkner alcohol and called Ottawa police. Shortly there after, Carkner’s car struck the Ottawa cyclist just a few blocks away on Carling Avenue near Archibald Street.
There are far too many accidents in Ottawa that are the result of impaired driving. It needs to stop. Yes, accident victims will be entitled to injury compensation and claims benefits for personal injuries , but these accidents change their lives and the lives of their families forever.
What a terrible, avoidable accident …
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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
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