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Avoiding Ottawa Accidents by removing snow. Lawyer David Hollingsworth explains.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth gives some advice on how to avoid a personal injury.

Now that the snow in Ottawa, Ontario is here, motorists are digging their cars out of snow banks, ditches and even their own driveways. It’s important that you take care in doing so.

The following tips can help keep you safe and avoid an accident and more importantly a personal injury:

-Dig your tail pipe out as you don’t want to be overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to extricate your car while its exhaust system is clogged. It is devastating how many people die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have passengers waiting in your car as you are clearing it off, ensure the tail pipe is free and clar of snow.

-Clear the snow away from the top of your car, windshield and rear view mirrors. Snow on your mirrors and wind shield will prevent visibility, but snow slipping from the top of your car while your are driving can also prevent visibility and be the cause of an accident. You don’t want to be driving and have a huge chunk of ice fly into your windshill. Neither do others.

-Wear bright clothing, put up a road flair and use flashlights while digging your car out on a roadside in the evening or after dark. You don’t want to become a pedestrian accident.

-Take breaks while doing the digging so you don’t get a back injury or worse yet, over strain your heart.

These are just some safety tips to help you stay safe. Winter driving offers up a whole new set of challenges. You reduce your chances of being involved in an accident if you take the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road. For more information on Ottawa accidents, prevention and personal injury visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549. Take care and be safe out there, David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer

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