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 !


Smith Falls Accident Highway 15 results in death of Ann Himmelman. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth shares story.

Smith Falls Accident

Tragically, Ann Himmelman has died following a terrible accident with a tractor-trailer on Highway 15 , close to Smiths Falls last Friday sometime between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ontario Provincial Police arrived to the accident close to Otter Lake Road, just  south of Lombardy, Ontario. The tractor-trailer caught fire after the accident due to its flammable content at the time of the accident. My thoughts go out to the friends and family of Ann Himmelman at this very sad time.

Losing a loved one in an accident is devastating.  Our personal injury lawyers meet regularly with grieving families not because they want “to sue someone” but because they need support and compensation to either send off a loved one, or to pick up the pieces after a loved one has left.  In the case of an accident where someone dies, there are insurance accident benefits that have been put in place that support the family left behind when it comes to funeral expenses, lost wages, and other related expenses.  We understand that after losing a loved one, the last thing on your mind is paper work and what to do in a wrongful death lawsuit. We know this and that’s why we make ourselves available to our clients to take over and assist where we are needed.  Often times our clients want to handle the entire thing over to our lawyers so that they can focus on grieving and healing.  We understand and we can take over .

Supports available in wrongful death accidents

We want to make sure that our clients receive all the supports; whether that be medical, rehabilitative, counselling, therapy etc . as well as financial compensation to send off loved ones. In most cases, we travel throughout Ontario to our clients home and meet with them to give free legal advice and help them decide whether or not they want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit based on out analysis of the facts surrounding the accident.

Our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of other through some very tough times and we can help you.


Ottawa accident Rushmore and Eagleson results in wrongful death

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario…Sadly, one woman died , following an Ottawa accident near the intersection of Rushmore and Eagleson. Ottawa  firefighters helped remove the trapped 37 year old woman from the accident scene, where she suffered a critical head injury and lost vital signs en route to the hospital,  where she was pronounced dead. My thoughts go out to her family and friends at this terribly difficult time. 

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David 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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Belleville Ontario Accident results in death of crossing guard Norman Cole.

Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Belleville Ontario police need our help and are looking for any witnesses who may have information about an accident where a crossing guard was struck and died   on Friday. Sadly, 71 year old Norman Cole was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Sidney Street and Leland Drive, west of downtown Belleville. The injuries were so severe, he later died of his personal injuries. If you have any information that could help Belleville Police, please call 613-966-0882 extension 2200.

—-The Ontario Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ontario 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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How to prevent motorcycle accidents..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…www.ottawainjury.ca  It’s that time of year again when we will start seeing more and more motorcycles on our Ontario roads. Motorcycle drivers are much less protected on their vehicles and therefore need to take all safety steps possible to prevent accidents and personal injury. As well, all drivers need to be aware that we share our Ontario roads with motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles. 

Thankfully Transport Canada has reported that the rate of deaths related to motor vehicle is slowly declining; however, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. There are many possible reasons why this may be so.  There may be more motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 45 to 54 are the most common ages amongst motorcycle drivers.

Ontario motorcycle helmet use has improved. Unfortunately3.1 % of motorcycle riders still drive their motorcycles without one. Head injuries are still the leading cause of deaths involving motorcycle accidents and motorcycle drivers without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and also 15% more likely to suffer serious personal injuries. A study that was previously done indicated that helmets saved 1,800 lives of motorcycle riders involved in accidents in 2007.

Please drive and ride safely  …

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David 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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Pembroke Teenager death Shane Laplante in tragic accident. Ontario injury lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ontario Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth …Sadly, a  17-year-old boy from Pembroke has died in a car accident after the pickup truck he was driving crashed in L’Isle-Aux-Allumettes, Quebec, yesterday afternoon. The tragic accident took place at around 5:30 p.m. close to 200 Desjardinville Rd. The truck flipped over several times before it finally came to a stop. The 17-year-old was then transported to a Pembroke hospital but did not survive was pronounced dead. The police are still investigating the cause of the accident but police have said that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the accident. My thoughts and sympathy goes out to the friends and family of this young boy…

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims 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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Ottawa Ontario Winter Weather, Increasing the Risk of Ottawa Car Accidents and Personal Injuries, Ottawa Personal Injury Law Firm


Ottawa Ontario Winter Weather, Increasing the Risk of Ottawa Car Accidents and Personal Injuries, Ottawa Personal Injury Law Firm

Our Ottawa Winter is showing no signs of leaving.  In fact, I think it is just revving up. Unfortunately, bad winter weather often results in bad winter car accidents, and slip and fall accidents.  Ottawa and Ontario drivers need to take extra care, to drive slower, and be on high alert. Inevitably, accidents will happen, despite driver’s efforts to be safe.  It’s important for you to know that if you should be unfortunate enough to become involved in an Ontario car accident, you need to be aware of the law, your obligations and your rights. This is where experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers are invaluable.

First and foremost, if you are involved in an Ottawa motor-vehicle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention. Your health is the number one priority and you should take care of yourself and your passengers. As a close second to immediate medical attention is your need to preserve evidence and to protect your interests from being lost. This involves getting the full and accurate insurance information and coordinates of the person who has become involved in the collision with your vehicle. Collect any witnesses’ information if they are available, such as their name, email, phone number, and address. I always recommend keeping a disposal camera in your car, to snap some quick pictures if you can. Your phone will usually have a camera, which will also suffice. Finally, get a police report from the attending officer or the nearest police station.

These measures will help to protect your interests, because when it comes time to consult with a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer, you will have the materials you need to start your case. For the majority of drivers, accidents are rare. Often a victim of personal injury collects all the right information but still fails to realize or understand their rights and/or liabilities. Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help in this regard. Ontario personal injury lawyers keep abreast of all the changes in insurance policies and Ontario personal injury law.  It is their job to keep informed of the latest information that relates to Ontario personal injury and use that information to best help you with your personal injury needs.

In summary, there are steps you must taken immediately after your Ottawa Ontario Motor-vehicle injury: (1) Seek immediate medical attention to ensure that you are physical, mentally, and in every way getting the medical and rehabilitative help you need (2) At the scene, strive to stay relaxed in order to remember to go through the motions, such as getting the information of the other driver (3) Contact your Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer to ensure that you do not lose out on what you may rightfully deserve by safeguarding and protecting your valuable interests.

About Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth-

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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Ontario Driving Safety Tips: Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

I came across this information on the Canadian Safety Council Website and thought I would share it with you.  Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyer for Eastern Ontario…More fatalities occur on Canadian roads during the summer months than at any other time of year, including the winter holiday season. Alcohol, fatigue and aggressive driving are often implicated in these tragedies. Whether you’re out for a day trip, travelling to the cottage or on a cross-country holiday, the Canada Safety Council urges all Canadians to put safety first when you set out on your summer travels.

Prepare your vehicle

Before leaving on vacation, have your vehicle checked to make sure everything is working properly. Repair or replace worn parts to avoid the worry and time-consuming costly repairs that could ruin your trip. Check fluid levels and tire pressure. Make sure all lights work, including signal lights.

Keep your passengers safe

Make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up properly at all times. Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to keep yourself and your passengers safe while on the road.

If you are travelling with young children, make sure to make regular stops. Bring plenty of items to keep them occupied. Special travel games and songs also help.

Drive defensively

Drive at a safe speed. Speeding increases the likelihood and severity of a crash. The faster a vehicle is moving, the less time the driver has to react to a hazard, and for other road users to react to that vehicle. A speeding vehicle requires more time and distance to stop. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. Apply the three second rule so you can see around the car ahead and plan a manoeuvre to avoid potential dangers, add more time if you have a heavier vehicle, and in poor weather conditions.

The Canada Safety Council estimates that 85 per cent of collisions are preventable. But simply being in the right will not save you from injury or death. You must be prepared for the unsafe actions of other motorists or for poor driving conditions.

  • Obey all signs and signals, including speed limits, traffic lights, stop signs and railway crossings.
  • If you drive with a wireless phone, avoid unnecessary calls and always make the driving task your top priority.
  • Absolutely never drink and drive.

Stay alert

Canadians often travel long distances when they go on vacation. This creates a temptation to keep driving for extended periods even when tired. On top of this, routes can be quite monotonous, another factor that can make a driver sleepy. Get a good sleep before leaving on a long trip. Fatigue is a form of impairment; so don’t give in to that temptation to push on. If you started early, stop early. Rest stops are important. A break keeps the driver alert by promoting blood circulation, makes the trip more pleasant for passengers and lets the vehicle cool down.

Carrying a heavy load or towing a trailer

Before you tow a trailer or haul a load, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped for the job. Check your owner’s manual or if in doubt contact your vehicle dealer. Check that your rear view mirrors give a clear view of the road behind. Driving a heavily loaded car or towing a trailer means you need more space to stop or pass. Leave plenty of distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead. Keep your distance – at least three seconds for each six metres (20 ft.) of vehicle length. For conditions that are less than ideal, increase the following distance. If cars cut in front of you, drop back to keep your separation. When traveling slower than the flow of traffic, be courteous. Pull over where possible to let faster vehicles pass.

Share the road

With the warmer weather, comes the prevalence of vulnerable roads users. Motorists must be cautious of cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Always be on the lookout for and yield to vulnerable road users, even if they don’t have the right-of-way. Summer also brings increased construction on our roads and highways. Be prepared to stop or slow down in construction zones.

Drive safely and stay safe on the roads!

David Hollingsworth has been  a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa dedicated to helping accident victims receive all the compensation they need after an accident. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of an Ontario accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits you are not receiving.  As an Ottawa lawyer specializing in personal injury, David meets with people daily who have been seriously hurt and need help.  Visit his website at www.ottawainjury.ca  or email info@ottawainjury.ca for more information and a free consultation. David  understand your needs and can help with your personal injury claim and other Ontario accident related issues. Call for a free consultation 613 978-9549 or visit www.ottawainjury.ca

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