Ottawa Bicycle Accidents, Cycling safety in Ottawa : What to look for in a helmet.

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Did you know that bicycle helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly? Sadly,  Ottawa bicycle accidents can  happen anywhere, anytime.

Earlier this month, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced June 5, 2011 as Helmet Day in the City of Ottawa to support the avoidance of personal injuries and to emphasize the importance of wearing proper safety head gear while being active.

“We are very fortunate in Ottawa to have an environment that is well-suited to cycling and in-line skating,” said the Mayor .  He made it clear how supportive he was of an active, but safe lifestyle. “We are encouraging all residents to purchase an appropriate helmet before enjoying their favourite summer activities.”

We all know how important it is whether we are riding a bicycle or strapping on in-line skates to take safety precautions to protect ourselves; however, we don’t always do. The awareness is there and still coming , but not everyone is strapping on a helmet and some are strapping on helmets that are inadequate and would not protect them.  The City of Ottawa continues to make efforts to keep residents safe  and raise awareness of helmet safety in the hopes of preventing severe head injuries.


How do help reduce your chances of a severe head injury- Ottawa bicycle accidents

1-Make sure there is a CSA or CPSC certification on the helmet.

2-All helmets should fit level and square on the head, and the front should be 2 fingers distance from the helmet to eyebrows. The helmet straps should be adjusted to meet just below the ear in a V shape, and fastened comfortably.

3-All helmets should have a snug fit, allowing only one finger between the chin strap and your chin.

4-Proper helmets must be worn by all cyclists who are under the age of 18. I recommend that EVERYONE should wear a helmet to protect themselves from serious head injuries.

Each year, approximately 5,700 Ottawa area children under the age of 20 visit Ottawa hospital emergency rooms for serious head injuries.  Sport activities make up a large percentage of head injuries among children and youth.

As an Ontario injury lawyer, I meet regularly with Ontario accident victims who have suffered severe head injuries and their lives have been altered forever. I urge everyone to please equip themselves with a proper helmet.  It could save your life !


Ontario Accident? Need an Ontario lawyer ? What you should do…

Ottawa Lawyer, Ottawa Injury Lawyers…Ontario Accident? What you must do…

Ottawa personal injury lawyer shares what you can do if you have suffered a personal injury.

Life can become extremely difficult when an accident or personal injury occurs and challenges your routine in life, and stops you from being able to enjoy activities with your loved one’s and family, whether they may be as simple as holding your son or daughter in your arms, and taking your dog for a walk. A minor injury can become serious when it affects you and changes your life. For the unfortunate among us who have experienced the death of a loved one and close friend, the scars that remain can last a lifetime. No amount of monetary award or benefit can fully compensate for the loss. Putting a price tag on how much a personal injury has cost can seem impossible, given that the only thing one could really want in such circumstances is to un-do the accident or have the loved one back.

In these circumstances, is vital for you to seek help from appropriate avenues, including close family, friends, health services providers, the services of an experienced and caring lawyer. It is important to have as many people on your side as possible. Getting advice from one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers is always good idea. David Hollingsworth meets daily with people who have been in an accident and just want to know what their rights are.

Why you should see experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer:

– Conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of the accident scene

– Get medical advice (aches and pains often take a few days to develop and some injuries are not obvious).

– Preserve critical evidence at the scene (you may not know what is important and what is not)

– Start your potential lawsuit before your statute of limitations expires

What you need to consider after an accident:

– Medical circumstances: Go to a doctor ASAP to get checked out.

– Witnesses: If possible, get their address and phone numbers. It will be nearly impossible to reach them once everyone departs

– YOUR OWN notes: important details are still in your memory, so now is the time to write it down.

– Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as possible.

– “On the spot” settlements can often leave you with less than you deserve. Your doctor will look at the extent of all your personal injuries, your need for medical treatment or perhaps surgery. An “on the spot” settlement may limit and restrict any future treatment.

If you have suffered a personal injury due to an motor vehicle accident, or any kind of personal injury from any other kind of accident, there are important reasons why you need to consult with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Waiting can often hurt your case as we have discussed. As time passes, materials can get forgotten and it may become impossible to collect crucial evidence and information. In short, if you wait, it can be much more difficult to prove your case.

This blog is prepared daily to report on Ontario accidents, personal injury law and resources available to Ontario residents.  David helps Ontario accident victims get  insurance benefits, support and proper rehabilitation they need after an accident.  David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer  helping Ontario accident victims since 1999, with an established Ottawa law firm of more than 50 years of experience.



Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer : accidents – number one cause of brain injury.

“As a personal injury lawyer, I help a lot of clients who have a brain injury as the result of an accident. The Brain Injury Association of Canada recently put this out and I thought I would share it with you. Enjoy this upcoming holiday season and be safe out on the roads.” -David

Brain Injury Association of Canada urges Canadian drivers to drive safely, smartly and if you drink don’t drive– With the holiday season upon Canadians, the Brain Injury Association of Canada (BIAC) urges one and all to bear in mind that car crashes are the number one cause of acquired brain injury. Drivers who resist ‘holiday’ egg nog and other alcoholic drinks greatly reduce their risk of being involved in an accident which may harm them and others.

“At this time of year our call for safety is tied to reducing car crashes, and thus the number of people who become brain injury survivors,” explains BIAC executive director, Harry Zarins. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reveal that over 47% (2005 statistics) of North American car accidents occurring during the last week of December are caused by impaired driving.

Driving while drunk increases your chances of reacting too slowly to avoid even a slow-moving accident. Even a mild blow to the head can result in a lifelong, silent and unseen acquired brain injury; and serve as a sobering reminder that that nip of festive cheer wasn’t worth it—to you, or your family and friends. If you choose to drink, choose not to drive. BIAC strongly supports and applauds organizations, such as Operation Nez Rouge/Operation Red Nose.

Treating preventable injuries, such as acquired brain injury, costs Canadians $14.7 billion per year. This sum further compromises Canadian business in these economic times, lowers our standard of living, and strains our publicly funded health care system.

The Brain Injury Association of Canada wishes all Canadians a safe and happy holiday season.

If you or a loved one has been injured or died as the result of an accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits you are not receiving. As an Ottawa lawyer specializing in personal injury, I meet with people daily who have been seriously hurt and need help. Visit my website at, call me at 613 978-9549 or email for more information and a free consultation.

Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer: David Hollingsworth

What are Accident Benefits?

Accident Benefits – What are they?

Ottawa personal injury lawyer DAvid Hollingsworth explains…Accidents can happen to anyone at anytime. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, be it car accident, bicycle accident, boating accident or motorcycle accident, you are required to contact your own insurance company within 7 days of the accident. Under current legislation, you are entitled to Accident Benefits no matter who caused the accident. However, the law requires that you to file an Application for Accident Benefits within 30 DAYS. That is why it is important for you to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able. If you have suffered a personal injury that prohibits you from doing so, appoint a friend or family member to initiate the discussions with a personal injury lawyer.  You may want a lawyer that specializes in brain injury, a spinal cord injury lawyer or a local Ottawa personal injury lawyer.

If you have yet to file an Application for Accident Benefits, call David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer. David is available, free of charge to explain the Accident Benefits system to you as you could be entitled to Income Replacement Benefits of up to $400.00 dollars per week, Attendant Care Benefits of up to $3000.00 per month, Housekeeping and Home Maintenance Benefits of $100.00 per week, and Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits of $100,000.00 for up to ten years, among other benefits.

Under the current system, further benefits are provided for persons that have been catastrophically impaired. David Hollingsworth is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Ottawa and along with his personal injury team have  extensive experience navigating the Accident Benefits system.

If you’ve already submitted the Application for Accident Benefits, it is not too late. We are pleased to discuss your ongoing claim with you.

At Ottawa Injury, David has represented hundreds of people who have suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents and is masterful at dealing with insurance companies. David understands how difficult, stressful and confusing it can be. You can be assured that as your Ottawa personal injury lawyer, David will fight to obtain the maximum amount of compensation on your behalf, but to ensure that you receive the medical treatment you require.

David can’t change the fact that you’ve been in an accident, but he can help change your future.

Call 613 978-9549.  You are under no obligation.  All calls are free. 

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Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Shares Information as it Relates to Spinal Cord Injuries.

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Catastrophic injury lawyers…

Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

Spinal cord injuries can be traumatic and frightening experiences to injury victims and their families. Often times, if you have suffered a spinal cord injury, you may experience physical injuries such as pain, discomfort, sensitivity, and related symptoms, while fear, anger, and an experience of loss and insecurity can also be common. It is important to address these matters.

Alongside these considerations, spinal cord injuries also require the serious and careful attention of a qualified and competent lawyer who specializes in the complex and constantly evolving science and law that surrounds spinal cord injuries in Canada. I  have several clients with a spinal cord injuries and I understand how this is an incredibly difficult time for you, your family and your friends.

Here is some information for you to consider as you learn more about spinal cord injuries, which generally fall into two stages, known as (1) the Primary Stage and (2) the Secondary Stage of a spinal cord injury.

The primary spinal injury stage includes an initial physical trauma to the spine. This may occur if there is a very bad fall, motor vehicle accident (Car, Truck, snowmobile) and any other such kind of traumatic incident (Snowboarding, ski accident, soccer, etc).

The primary injury can be the result of a neurological injury or spinal cord injury due to: (1) Physical compression of the spinal cord/nerves: This may occurs secondary to injury to the bone, disc, and or ligament. If compressed, the tissues narrow down the spinal canal or sometimes also change in alignment. Consequently, nerves are “squeezed” and injured. (2) Stretch of the tissues: The spinal cord is extremely sensitive and can be injured in a subtle yet severe manner, even by the most ostensibility minor trauma attributed to it directly. (3) Blood supply mutilation: secondary to an injury, the inner blood network (tiny blood vessels) can be destroyed suddenly, causing immediate and dangerous hemorrhage into the spinal cord.

Spinal cord injuries are typically diagnosed  with an MRI scan just after trauma. This will better inform the decision of the doctor on how to proceed, and your lawyer, and most importantly yourself on your goals and wishes. Because at the end of the day, it’s about what you most want and need. Health is not just the absence of disease, but so much more. You want to be healthy, and back to functioning at a high level.

So far we have discussed the primary stage.  What many people do not realize is that nature of the secondary injury stage, where many of the effects of the primary injury or trauma finally become clear, such as pain, tension, emotional/psychological considerations, and so on. There is no fixed time for the occurrence of secondary injury. It may occur within seconds, hours, days, and even weeks. Physiologically, the body releases certain chemicals in response to trauma. As such, these reactions in your body can cause inflammation, and reduce spinal cord blood flow. Such conditions can kill the cells in your body.
As a goal of spinal cord injury treatment, your doctor, your lawyer, and you can work together in considering the best way to:

a. decrease inflammation
b. reduce cell degradation and death
c. increase blood flow where needed
d. reduce likelihood of scar formation

The science and law behind spinal cord injuries is complex and can be a challenge for someone that is finding themselves in this situation for the first time. I respect and admire you for taking the step towards learning and recovery.

If you need more information on spinal cord injuries, or have suffered a spinal cord injury, or simply want to speak with a personal injury lawyer in the Ottawa area regarding a spinal cord injury, please visit or call; 613-978-9549.  You are under no obligation and I would be happy to help in anyway I can by offering you some of the resources that have helped my clients or simply listening and finding out how I can help.

-Take care and be safe out there !

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer




Ottawa motorcycle attorney reports rise in Motorcycle accidents results in increase in head injuries, accident deaths,

As an Ottawa lawyer, I seem to be getting calls almost daily about bicycle accidents and motorcycle accidents victims needing an Ottawa lawyer.  It seems like there are more and more each day.  Are there more people on motorcycles and bicylces?  I recently came across this on a related law blog and thought I’d share it with you…

Consumer Reports recently posted an article about the rise in motorcycle fatalities and also about the fact that supersport motorcycles have been found to be the most dangerous type of motorcycle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle deaths have doubled in the past 10 years reaching 4,810. And although these deaths have been on the rise, car accident deaths have been steadily decreasing.

According to the IIHS the supersport bike riders’ deathrate is four times higher than other bike riders. These bikes made up less than 10 percent of registered motorcycles in 2005 but accounted for over 25 percent of rider deaths. The fatality rates for cruiser and standard riders was 5.7 deaths per 10,000 registered motorcycles. Touring bikes, such as the Harley example, averaged 6.5 deaths, with sport having 10.7 deaths per 10,000.

According to the study, speeding and driver error were bigger factors in the fatalities involving supersport bikes in comparison the other types of motorcycles. Alcohol was also a factor in 19% of the supersport fatalities, however it was an even bigger factor in the touring, standard and cruiser motorcycles.

Although there are more people riding motorcycles, there are fewer people deciding to wear a helmet while riding. The most effective way found to reduce head injuries is to wear a helmet that meets all of the federal safety standards. Of the motorcycle fatalities in 2005, 700 of those lives could have been saved if they were wearing a helmet.

It’s hard to believe these numbers are so high, but they are.  Please, if you are out there on a motorcycle or bicycle doeverything you can tpo make yourself safe and ALWAYS wear a safely  —

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.

Spinal Cord Injury ? Ottawa personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth explains….

Ottawa Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Spinal cord injuries often impact on the communication between the brain and other areas of the body, resulting in tremendous pain and a possible loss of function in the affected areas. These personal injuries can vary in type and severity but all have the potential for serious, life-lasting consequences. If you have suffered a spinal cord injury as the result of an accident, it is crucial that you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer specializing in spinal cord injuries to help you get the maximum compensation that you need and deserve, now and for the rest of your life.

David and his team  have worked with the victims of brain injury and spinal cord injuries in ottawa and the surrounding areas in eastern Ontario . We help clients get the medical attention and support they need and deserve; physically, mentally and financially. Contact us to schedule a free  consultation by calling 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203 or email  or

Spinal cord injuries may result in both immediate and long term medical consequences. Contact a personal injury lawyer who can help appropriately assess your medical, legal and insurance  needs.

Spinal cord injuries include:

  • Quadriplegic injuries
  • Paraplegic injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of function

Suffering a spinal cord injury

An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to explain your options after an injury and will be able to secure your future. Your life has completely changed and turned upside down.  You have enought to worry about .  Leave the insurance claim  and lawsuit to an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer. Ottawa spinal cord injury lawyer David Hollingsworth has built a consistent record for success among his clients by providing personal attention , direct communication and honest and fair legal service.

Contact us to schedule a free  consultation by calling 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203 or email  or

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Personal Injury Insurance Claims, David Hollingsworth- Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth. Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims in Canada If you are injured as the result of an Ontario accident you are entitled to make a personal injury claim and receive certain accident benefits. A top Ontario personal injury lawyer can help you maximize your accident benefit and ensure that you are receiving everything you need not only now but in the future. The following is a list of Ontario accidents benefits to which you may be entitled.  It is important to also know that even if you do not have your own car insurance, you can still be entitled to receive compensation through a fund set up by the Ontario government that supports Ontario accident victims with no car insurance.  Again, a top top Ontario personal injury lawyer can help you set this up and get you maximum compensation for your personal injuries.

Income Replacement Benefits

Non-Earner Benefit Caregiver Benefits

Medical Benefits

Rehabilitation Benefits

Attendant Care Benefit

Maximum Medical Rehabilitation & Attendant Care Benefits

Payment of other Expenses

Death Benefits Funeral Expenses

Optional Benefits

If you need more information regarding personal injury lawsuits in Ontario or Ontario accident benefits, please don’t hesitate to call one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer at 613-978-9549


Avoiding car accidents and Highway Safety rates roof strength in rollover car accidents

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looks at different vehicles each year and  released a study as to which rates roof strength in small SUVs. I  feel that this is an important study to keep an eye on. If I were in the market for a new vehicle ( which unfortunately I’m not !) , I would want to know which vehicles hold up best in the event of a car accident.  The study to which I am referring to looked specifically at the roofs of cars.  As a consumer, I would be thinking about rollover car accidents and how best to protect myself and my passengers.

The study rated as follows:

Good Ratings

  • Honda Element
  • Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Subaru Forester
  • Jeep Patriot

Acceptable Ratings

  • Toyota RAV4
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara
  • Mitsubishi Outlander
  • Chevrolet Equinox/Pontiac Torrent

Marginal Ratings

  • Honda CR-V
  • Ford Escape/Mazda Tribute/Mercury Mariner

Poor Ratings

  • Kia Sportage/Hundai Tucson

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics indicate that 10,000 people are killed every year in rollover car accidents. Obviously better built roofs do a better job at protecting their passengers , by keeping them in the vehicle .  The solid roof also helps to keep the car together on impact.

It makes a lot of sense to me.  Drive safely out there !