Ottawa cycling- How to avoid a child bicyle accident – Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca  Hopefully that gorgeous warm Ottawa weather we had last week will be back very soon.  When the warm weather comes back so will the many children on their bicycles.  It’s important to remember that these little ones haven’t formally been taught the “rules of the road”.  I have a few reminders here for you to read and discuss with your child.  I also wanted to remind us all to slow down when approaching these little guys on back.  some of them are just learning to drive a bicycle and could veer off the sidewalk at any time.  Some cyclists are also just learning the rules when it comes to sharing the road.  Please be patient and extra cautious…Enjoy this upcoming spring Ottawa !

Child Cycling Safety :

Always obey all street signs and signals.

-Always walk your bicycle while crossing the street.
-Cross the street at the corners only
 -Do not drive a bicycle after dark or in dangerous weather.
-Check carefully..STOP and look to the left, to the right and then the left again before entering traffic
-Use the right-hand side of the road, and ride in the same direction as traffic. don’t double up with your friend. —Ride your bicycle single file.
-Use bicycle safety hand signals.

-Always wear bright coloured clothing and reflective clothing and accessories so cars can see you.
-Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits well.

Most of all use common safe and cycle 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. If you have a subject  you would like to know about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ontario boating accidents, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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It looks like it’s going to be a great start to the summer this week.  If you are planning on being out on the water , please keep in mind some basic boating safety .  There are far too many Ontario boating accidents in Ontario each summer. As an Ontario boating accident lawyer, I wish to remind you that boats (including  jet skis and sea doos) are motor vehicles and often times people  forget that driving rules apply when operating a motor vehicle on the open water. As an Ontario boating accident lawyer, I represent victims of boating accidents who have suffered serious injury and wrongful deaths resulting from serious boating accidents in Ontario. Most often, with Ontario boating accidents, alcohol is a contributing factor. We all know not to drink and drive a car, but this also needs to be the rule when it comes to boating.

Boating Accident Statistics

The Recreational Boating statistics in 2010 indicated that alcohol contributed to 19 % of boating deaths, which means that alcohol was the leading contributing factor in all fatal boating accidents. This shocking statistic is an increase by 3% points from 2009, when alcohol was indicated as the leading contributing factor to 16 5 of boating deaths. The primary contributing factors in most boating accidents were alcohol, speed, driver inattention, improper lookout and inexperienced drivers.

A Canadian Red Cross study covering 15 years of boating deaths in Canada (1991 to 2006) found that of 2,232 people who drowned or died of hypothermia, only 12% were wearing a life jacket properly. Approximately 85% of boating deaths occur in Canada’s fresh waterways, according to a 10-year study by the Canadian Red Cross published last year. According to the study, 393 recreational boaters drowned in B.C. between 1991 and 2006, accounting for 18% of all such deaths in Canada. Contributing factors in the deaths were lack of flotation devices, water temperature and drinking. 68% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket, and of those, 27% of motorboaters had life jackets on board but chose not to wear them, while 13% of people in nonmotorized boats died with their flotation devices stowed out of reach. Boaters who don’t have enough life vests on board face a fine for every life jacket they’re missing.

Please, be safe out there and enjoy the water and this beautiful summer we are having!

 


Social Host Liability..Do whatever it takes to keep your guests safe..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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It’s that time of year again- Holiday parties and family get togethers.  It is also the time of year when people are more social and therefore are sometimes drinking more.  One question I am often asked  as an Ontario personal injury lawyer concerns social host’s responsibility. Many people want to know if they are hosting a party what are they legally responsible for.  No one wants to think this way, but it is a reality.

What are the legally responsible for  as a host of a party?

If someone attedns your party and becomes injured, the question will be whether the personal injuries suffered by the accident vicitms could have been reasonably foreseen by the host.  If the host did not know – nor ought to have known – that their guest was  intoxicated, then one can agree that they could not have known that htey were at risk of an injury.  This would mean the host of the party would not be responsible. In other words, as a host , you would hav eto prove that you  had no idea your guest was intoxicated.  This may be difficult to prove if you were serving alcohol.
When a host is aware their guest is intoxicated, the host may have the legal responsibility to ensure that their guest who is intoxicated not drive.  In other words, as a party host, when you know that a guest is intoxicated and intends to drive, STOP THEM.  Offer them a taxi home, find a designated driver to take them home or allow them to sleep over. You can also be held legally responsible if you continue to serve alcohol to an intoxicated guest knowing that they would be driving home. It’s not unlike when a bartender cuts off an intoxicated patron.

It’s common sense, you never want anyone being placed in a dangerous situation.  As a host you have the extra responsibility of ensuring that your guests depart safely and are free of injury.  Do whatever it takes….you will never regret airing on the side of being overly cautious …Happy holidays!