Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Although it doesn’t look or feel like it, spring is officially here.  With the warm weather coming , more Ottawa pedestrians will be taking to the streets. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

To avoid a pedestrian accident, you should…

  • always cross at crossways or traffic lights
  • be alert
  • ensure drivers see you before you cross any road;
  • only cross a road when traffic has stopped;
  • be cautious when crossing and do so promptly. Don’t waste time and make sure you get completely across before the light changes.
  • do not wear headphones to listen to music. You need to hear the sounds around you.
  • be aware of cars that may be turning and may not be able to see you;
  • as much as possible, wear bright clothing or reflective wear and make yourself as visible as possible.  Most of all, use common sense.

Accident benefits for pedestrian accidents

Did you know that pedestrians are entitled to accident benefits is they become injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident? A personal injury insurance claim is mad through the drivers insurance company and things like income replacement benefits, rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, hospital expenses, loss of education expenses, housekeeping, expenses of visitors etc.. can be covered

There are far too many Ottawa pedestrian accidents each year and sadly, most of them could be avoided.  Both motorists and pedestrians need to ensure that they are doing everything they can to keep Ottawa roads safe and accident free. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are top Ottawa personal injury lawyers  who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario pedestrians get all the help, support and maximum compensation after an Ontario accident.

Feel free to contact our Ottawa injury law firm with any questions you may have and we would be happy to help.


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As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer I often meet with people and they are suffering. Not only are they suffering physically from their accident and injuries; they are suffering financially. Often times, they have been unable to work because of their accident or have only been able to return to work part-time. One of the biggest stresses that people have is that they won’t be able to return to a quality of life they once had.  Another big stress is that they can’t afford to fight the insurance company and their insurance company isn’t giving them all the compensation they are entitled to.  These are very common, yet stressful concerns.

We are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who understand that these are some of the toughest days of your life.  We are here for you. We fund your personal injury case and will cover the costs for you. We also don’t need you to pay us until we settled your case and you get the compensation that you are entitled. Hopefully, we can alleviate the financial stress for you throughout your case so that you can focus on getting better and getting your life back.

You shouldn’t have to worry or stress about money. Being stressed also affects your mood and how well you might heal.  You need to leave that stress with us.  This is what we do.  We can come and meet with you and your family and walk you through how we can help change your life following an accident in Ontario. We not only offer FREE consultations, we will work for you for FREE and we will only get paid when you get paid.  How much do we charge?  We will meet and agree upon a % of your settlement , depending on the severity and amount of work that needs to be done.  You will find that we are quite reasonable in our fees and we are not greedy like some other personal injury lawyers can be. We are fair and we pride ourselves on being the Ottawa personal injury lawyers people know, trust and like.

You owe it to yourself to meet with us and we can lay out your best options.

 


What's in your winter emergency car kit? , Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworths shares…

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A car break down or accident is never good, but it is worse during the winter months. A few inexpensive items kept in your car during winter months can help increase your safety and the safety of your loved ones. It is always wise to have an emergency kit in your car in case you ever need it. I came across some information on a website dedicated to cars and car safety, written by Aaron Gold. I thought I would share it with you as a reminder to us all as we head into the colder winter months here in Ottawa. 

In the event of an emergency…

1. Get assistance !

Roadside assistance: Most new cars include a roadside assistance program which will provide towing if your car breaks down. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is  probably the best-known and most reliable third-party roadside assistance program in Canada.

Mobile phone and car charger: If you don’t have a mobile phone, and if you can, buy an inexpensive pre-paid unit to keep in your car so you can call for assistance. Make sure you have a car charger; some phones can also be charged from your car’s USB port.

OnStar: On many new cars, the OnStar system can get a live operator on the phone with the press of a button, and will automatically summon help if your car’s airbags deploy. Don’t forget, OnStar relies on the vehicle electrical system, so carry a cell phone as a backup.

2. Stay safe !

Emergency flares and/or hazard triangles: Winter accidents often result in damage to your car’s taillights, which means your hazard flashers will not work. In a snowstorm, other cars may not see your car until it’s too late to avoid it. Set out flares or hazard triangles to warn cars and avoid a second collision. If your car goes off the road in deeper snow, these items can also help emergency services find you and your vehicle.

First aid kit – Bad weather may delay emergency workers, so it’s a good idea to carry a basic first aid kit.

Small LED flashlight: Don’t rely on the vehicle’s electrical system for light — if it’s working, LEAVE IT-you want to conserve the car’s battery as long as possible. LED flashlights use much less energy than regular incandescent flashlights, making them a great choice for your emergency kit. The Mini Maglite LED is more expensive than many small flashlights, but its construction makes it well worth the price.

3. Stay warm

Emergency blanket: Cars use the engine to produce heat, so if the engine breaks, so does the heater. Even if the engine is working – say, after a car accident – running it can be dangerous, because if the exhaust system has rust holes or damage, fatal exhaust fumes can creep back into the passenger compartment. Besides, your car may not be the safest place to be in an emergency. Emergency blankets are small, light and cheap. Buy extras if you frequently travel with passengers.

Ski hats: Experts say that 30 to 40 % of body heat can be lost through the head. Carry a few inexpensive winter hats, large enough to cover the ears.

4. Keep busy !

Children’s books or games: If you travel with children, keep a few emergency children’s activities stowed away to fight boredom and keep the kids occupied while you wait for rescue.  

Non-perishable snacks: Munchies help pass the time and will keep your energy and morale up while you wait for rescue.

Where to carry your emergency kit?

The most logical place to store your emergency kit would be the trunk. The problem is if you’re in an accident that damages the rear end of the car, you may not be able to get the trunk open. Instead, carry your emergency kit in a small duffel bag stored in the passenger’s footwell, where it can be easily accessed by the driver . If your kit includes flares and you travel with children, store the flares in the trunk and keep a backup hazard triangle in the bag.

Most importantly , stay safe !!!

———————- 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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Difference between Catastrophic injury accident benefits and Non-Catastrophic injury accident benefits

Catastrophic Injury and Non-Catastrophic Injury: STATUTORY ACCIDENT BENEFITS

Did you know that regardless of who is at fault, people injured  in motor vehicle accidents in Ontario may be entitled to certain accident benefits from their own motor vehicle insurance company regardless if they have suffered a catastrophic injury or not?

Even if you do not have car insurance, if you suffer personal injury in a car accident , you are entitled to receive compensation from the Ontario government.

Effective September 1, 2010, the SABS or  Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule  states that among other Ontario accident benefits available, Ontario accident benefits include:

  • an Income Replacement Benefit of up to $400 per week,
  • an Attendant Care Benefit of up to $3,000 per month with a maximum of $36,000, and
  • Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits of up to $50,000 over a 10 year period following an Ontario accident.

If a person dies in an Ontario motor vehicle accident, Ontario accident benefits are available for Funeral Expenses as well as a Death Benefit.

If the personal injury is more serious and is deemed within the definition of “catastrophic impairment injury”, there is an increase to:

  • $1,000,000.00 in Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits and
  • $1,000,000.00 in Attendant Care Benefits which are payable over the course of an injured person’s life.

People who have suffered catastrophic injury are also eligible for Case Management Services as well as other Ontario accident benefits such as Housekeeping and Home Maintenance Benefit of $100.00 per week payable for the duration of their lifetime.

What is the difference between a Catastrophic injury and a Non-Catastrophic injury?

Let’s start by looking at the Ontario accident benefits…

What are NON-CATASTROPHIC benefits?

  • Income Replacement Benefit – 80% of net weekly income up to maximum of $400.00 per week to a maximum period of 104 weeks.
  • Non-Earner Benefit – $185.00 per week to a maximum period of 104 weeks.
  • Caregiver Benefit – $250.00 per week for 1st child and $50.00 per week for each subsequent child to a maximum period of 104 weeks. Only applies for children under the age of 16.
  • Attendant Care Benefits – $3,000.00 per month maximum to a maximum period of 2 years.
  • Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits – $50, 000.00 maximum. 10 year maximum period.

What are CATASTROPHIC INJURY benefits?

  • Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits – $1,000,000 to use over the course of the injured person’s life.
  • Attendant Care Benefits – $1,000,000 to use throughout life.  Monthly payment maximum is $6000.00

What are these Ontario Accident Benefits?

  • Income replacement benefits help replace lost income if an employed or self-employed claimant is disabled.
  • Caregiver benefits pay certain childcare or other caregiver expenses if a stay-at-home parent or other caregiver is unable to care for a child or other person in need of care.
  • Non-earner benefits are paid if a claimant who is not employed or self-employed is unable to carry on with normal life.
  • Medical and rehabilitation benefits pay for treatment and rehabilitation assistance that is not covered by OHIP or another disability insurance plan.
  • Attendant care benefits pay for someone to look after a seriously injured claimant.
  • Funeral expenses and death benefits are paid if an insured person dies as a result of the accident.

Depending on your circumstances, you may also be entitled to other benefits, such as payments for lost education expenses, housekeeping assistance, visitors’ expenses, repair or replacement of eyeglasses or clothing damaged in the accident, or case management services.

Each and every case is different and to know exactly what you are entitled to, it is best to consult an Ontario personal injury lawyer specializing in Ontario car accidents.