Ottawa students and back to school. What you can do as a driver to help ensure they get there safely. Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth asking you to help.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.  Many teachers have headed back into school this week and some school boards have already begun.  Students in the Ottawa area are heading back to school ! Among many other things, what this means is that we need to be extra vigilant on the roads and watch out for the little ones as they head back to school.  Many of them are out of routine, so they may not be looking as they cross the streets.  It’s our job as drivers to be cautious out there on the roads as these next couple of weeks will be busy with children reminding themselves with the rules of the roads as they walk, bike, scooter and blade to school. We all need to be watching out for the children as well as being cautious around school buses , as a lot of this will be new to many children.

The beginning of September brings a wave of emotions ranging from fear, excitement, and stress for children and parents alike.  As parents, we are often rushing around trying to adjust to the new schedule of having kids back in school and we too are distracted. This is the exact type of distraction that could lead to accidents.  We all need a good reminder to slow down and focus on driving when we are behind the wheel. Our commute to work may take longer with the increase in traffic but we are all in the same boat and we all need to arrive to our destination safely.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, the City of Ottawa has implemented signage at high-traffic intersections to help remind Ottawa drivers about the start of the school season and the need to be extra cautious when driving near school zones and school buses. The Ottawa Police will also be focusing some efforts as well on driving safety when it comes to back to school and school zones. There are also many wonderful organisations in Ottawa such as the “Safer Roads Ottawa Program” which is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health, and the Public Works Department. These amazing organisations work together to prevent road deaths and injuries in the Ottawa area.

Happy back to school ! Let’s work together to make it a safe and successful return to school for everyone.

 

 


Ottawa personal injury lawyers who can help with support and maximum compensation for injury.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Since 1999, our experienced personal injury lawyers  at www.ottawainjury.ca have helped thousands of Ontario accident victims and their families get the support and compensation they need after an accident. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers bring an exceptional legal team that is dedicated to our clients.  We are constantly being recommended by past clients. We work extremely hard to ensure that we are doing everything we can to help.  We understand how difficult your life is after an accident.  We meet daily with people whose lives have been affected by tragedy,so we know that there are many things we can do to help you.  You should not even be thinking about things like bills and compensation.  You should be thinking about your recovery, your family and yourself.  We are here to listen, to understand, to fight for you and to get our Ontario personal injury clients everything you need. We have a long list of past clients who would be happy to speak with you and tell you what we were able to do for them.   If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury accident, we want to help you and give you the help and support you need. We work on contingency; which means you do not need to pay us at all until you have received your settlement cheque. We know you are going through a lot and we are sorry.  Let us help you….


Social Host Liability…Partying this holiday season? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth explains social host liability.

It’s the holiday time of year again- Holiday parties and family get togethers.  It is also the festive time of year when we are often more social and potentially drinking more alcoholic beverages.  One question I am often asked  as an Ottawa personal injury lawyer concerns social host liability. 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 responsable for  as a host of a party?

If someone attends a party at your house  and becomes injured, the question will be whether the personal injuries suffered by the accident victims 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 they were at risk of suffering a personal injury.  This would mean the host of the party would not be responsible. In other words, as a host , you would have to 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.
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As an Ottawa Accident Lawyer, I am urging everyone to be safe out there ! Please, if you are drinking, do not drive!!
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Call a taxicab:
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Capital Taxi (613) 744-3333
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DJs Taxi (613) 829-9900
-Operation Red Nose (613) 771-2886
-Call Responsible Choice (613) 248-0444
-Take a bus !
-Designate a driver !
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 from  injury.  Do what it takes….you will never regret airing on the side of being overly cautious …Happy holidays and all the best !

For more information on social host liability or to contact one of our experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

 

 


Rain in Ottawa – Safe Driving Tips for Rain to avoid Ottawa car accident , Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Avoiding an Ottawa Car Accident

Although rain can be good for the grass and the tulips, it can be problematic on our roads and increase the risk of an Ottawa car accident. We can expect a lot of rain this week in Ottawa. We are so use to driving defensively in winter conditions but it is important to keep in mind that rain and wet roads  can also be dangerous and  it never hurts to be reminded….

  • Drive  slowly ! Drive at rate of speed that suits the weather conditions;
  • Pay careful attention to the car ahead of you and your surroundings;
  • Keep a wider following distance; some drivers forget to signal at times causing an abrupt stop for the cars behind;accidentsinrain
  • Try to avoid slamming on your brakes, this may cause your vehicle to skid and the roads are slick;
  • Visibility is already a problem, ensure your windows are properly defogged so you don’t add to this problem;
  • Ensure your windshield wipers are in working order and do not leave streaks; and
  • If it is dark ensure you are not over driving your headlights.

Ottawa Car Accident Accident Benefits

An Ottawa car accident can occur frequently on rainy days because road conditions. Please drive safely out there Ottawa and avoid the chance of  an Ottawa car accident. Regardless of who is at fault in an accident in Ontario, most injured are entitled to accident benefits. Accident benefits are benefits that you pay for each month through your own insurance company. Depending on the nature of the Ottawa car accident you’ve been involved in, you may receive accident benefits from your own insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver.  There are a number of different accident benefits available to people such are rehabilitation benefits, housekeeping benefits, income replacement benefits , attendant care benefits and many others, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries and coverage. Often times, people think if they were at fault or charged in the accident, they are automatically not entitled to accident benefits and this is simply not the case.

 


Ottawa lawyer shares tips to avoid slip and fall accident and injuries.

Ottawa based injury lawyer David Hollingsworth, shares his recommendations for the winter and Slip and Fall Injuries.

A slip and fall accident can happen anytime, any season. We had such an incredibly warm gorgeous day today. Unfortunately they are calling for a flash freeze tonight in Ottawa.  With all the snow that melted today, we will surely be seeing more ice tomorrow.  I posted this post over a year ago and thought Id share it again… Please ensure to watch your step out there tomorrow ! Many often forget to fully consider the potential for personal injury and the associated ramifications of pain and suffering. Even a minor slip can lead you to much stress and tension on you and your loved ones. A slip and fall injury can result in massive medical bills, loss of work, lost wages and more. If a slip and fall injury happens to you, an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can explain to you what your rights are and make sure your interests are protected.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from a slip and fall accident :family

I deal with a tremendous number and variety of slip and fall accidents on a regular basis each year. Such slip and fall injuries can happen at any time of the year, and in any location or setting. However, there are certain conditions that render the possibility of injury more likely, so please on to learn how to protect you and your family from the prospect of injury, and to learn what to do in the event that you are injured by a slip and fall injury.

There are certain circumstances where the city of Ottawa may be responsible for your slip and fall accident. For example, imagine you are walking down the street at night. As you try to cross the street, you approach an open man-hole (the city has neglected to put the cover back after working on the sewer system earlier in the evening). Naturally given the lack of light, you do not see the open manhole and fall right through, experiencing broken bones, fractures, and lacerations. Perhaps your personal injuries are more psychological in nature.

Who is Responsible in a slip and fall accident?

The city of Ottawa would be responsible (through the action of one of it’s employees) for their negligence and your injuries. There are many other instances where slip and fall injuries could occur, such as (1) flooring/carpeting in poor repair (2) parking lot surfaces in poor repair (3) ice and snow buildup (4) elevators/escalators/stairways (5) areas with poor lighting, (6) and so on.

 Compensation for slip and fall accidents :

Depending on the circumstances of injury, your recovery could include compensation to help with stress and tension, medical bills, lost wages, and so on. A good Ottawa personal injury lawyer can give you an idea of what you may be entitled to. Business and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that people on their establishment or property are safe and not at risk of suffering an injury. If an accident has happened to you, it may be due to the negligence of a property owner who has failed to act according to their due diligence responsibilities to keep you and your family and loved ones safe.

If your slip and fall accident happened in the Ottawa or the Eastern Ontario area because a property owner failed to keep you safe, David Hollingsworth, experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you recover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and awards for pain and suffering. With his knowledge and extensive experience, he is the Ottawa personal injury lawyer that can help get the maximum possible awards for slip and fall injury victims and help them recover as best as possible.
Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549 for more information.

 

 


Risks of Social Media: Problems for Personal Injury Lawsuits? Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Please be careful of what  you put up on the Internet.  Pictures and “tweets” can often be taken out of context and misconstrued and inevitably may hurt your personal injury case.

Risks Of Social Media  

Online social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are great ways to connect with people, but can easily undermine personal injury cases.

Please be careful about which details you reveal about yourself on social media sites. Information on your pages can be used against you as evidence from Facebook  by the police, the media, and most importantly insurance companies. Insurance companies often hire private detectives to follow you.  Facebook does this work for them. Make sure to check your settings and make sure your privacy is protected. You may think posting a picture of yourself doing an activity is harmless but you never know how an insurance company can misconstrue these pictures and use them against you. There have been many personal injury lawsuits that have gone south because accident victims innocently posted a picture of themselves relaxing or enjoying leisurely activities.  The insurance company can and will use these pictures against your case. Any picture can be taken out of context and an insurance company can use these pictures to say you aren’t as injured as your claim states. Insurance companies may not understand that people who are injured will gather strength and rest up for certain special occasions and then spend the next 3 days in bed to recuperate. The insurance companies can paint a picture of this type of behaviour and activity as being commonplace. Obviously, this can lead to misinformation and make settling personal injury lawsuits difficult.  To avoid the confusion, it’s best to keep your personal life personal.

The last thing you want to have happen is for you to affect your personal injury case in any way, shape or form.