Be aware of new rules in Ontario at pedestrian crosswalks aim to reduce pedestrian accidents.

Ottawa personal injury lawyers:  Ontario residents- new rules at pedestrian crossovers and school crossings aiming to reduce pedestrian accidents.

2016 has arrived and with it are some new rules that are aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian accidents. Beginning on January 1st, Ontario  drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the whole roadway at pedestrian crossovers as well as at school crossings where there is a crossing guard displaying a school crossing stop sign. Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers and cyclists proceed to drive or cycle.

Do drivers have to stop at all crossovers?

No. In Ontario, the new rules indicate that drivers must stop only at pedestrian crossovers identified with specific signs, road markings and lights. In addition, the new legislation indicates that a vehicle shall stop when a pedestrian is crossing on the roadway within a pedestrian crossover. This new rule does not apply to pedestrian crosswalks at intersections with stop signs or traffic signals, with the exception being when a school crossing guard is present at the crosswalk. These new laws come out of Bill 31, the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act.  Part of these new rules also

pedestrian accident crosswalksstate that municipal road authorities will also install new types of pedestrian crossovers on less busy roads with lower speeds.

What is the difference between a pedestrian crossover and a crosswalk? 

Yes, a crossover is different than a crosswalk.  The new law applies at pedestrian crossovers, not at crosswalks (with the exception of a crosswalk with a school crossing guard).  The easiest way to tell the difference is a pedestrian crossover is identified by signs, markings, illuminated lights overhead and have a pedestrian push button. For a visual image of the difference between a crossover and a crosswalk, visit Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation website.

How can pedestrians reduce pedestrian accidents?

Both pedestrians and drivers need to make an effort and do their part in reducing the number of accidents in Ontario. There are many things a pedestrian can do to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents such as:

  • Don’t Jay-Walk and walk only at marked crosswalks or cross at traffic lights.
  • Before crossing, make yourself visible. Let the driver see you and if possible, make eye contact.
  • Wear bright, visible clothing. Try to buy shoes or clothing that reflect the light at night.
  • Be careful when crossing. Don’t step out just because the light has changed.  First make sure that vehicles have come to a complete stop.
  • Use common sense.

How can drivers reduce pedestrian accidents?

In addition to following all road and safety rules, drivers can help in reducing accidents by:

  • Paying close attention to pedestrians and the surrounding areas.
  • Being particularly cautious around schools, parks or any areas where children may be playing. 
  • Ensuring that your car is in excellent working order.
  • Not driving to close to a sidewalk.

What are the fines for breaking these rules?

 

Drivers and cyclists will be fined $150 to $500 as well as 3 demerit points for offences at pedestrian crossings, school crossings and at crosswalks in Ontario, where there are traffic signals.  Fines will also be doubled in community safety zones.

These new rules regarding pedestrian crosswalks and pedestrian crossovers will hopefully help in reducing the number of pedestrian accidents in Ontario. We all have a part in this, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Sadly, our personal injury lawyers meet too often with pedestrians who have been severely injured and often times, the accident could have been avoided. Please, drive, cycle and walk safely.


Our Injury Lawyers have been recognized as Ottawa’s Top Injury Law Firm.

Our Top Ottawa Injury Law Firm has done it again.    top ottawa injury lawyer

Our Ottawa injury lawyers are very proud of the work we do and the ways we help people. We are excellent at what we do and have a great track record of helping people in Ontario who have been seriously injured in an accident.  We regularly receive feedback from our clients and their families thanking us for our help and support .  This is feedback we value.  Often times we are also recognized in our community for helping others or supporting charities and events.  Another type of recognition we receive is when our clients and community nominate us for an award.  For the past 2 years we have  been nominated for and won the “Top Injury Law Firm in Ottawa” and we have been nominated again.  We are thrilled that we receive this type of recognition each year.

How can you nominate our Ottawa Injury Lawyers?

Each year, the Top Choice Award conducts a survey that allows  people  to choose the Top Choice Award winners in Ottawa. The survey is designed to provide anonymous feedback to the organization with a goal of determining the top businesses in each city.  Each nomination is screened to ensure it is a reputable and trustworthy business. The nomination process is also a way to thank  those who proudly serve you and the Ottawa community each and every day.

Vote for us as Ottawa Top Injury Law Firm

We are hoping we can count on your support again this year. Please vote for us as your Top Ottawa Injury Law  Firm for 2016.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers would be honored once again to serve you and our community. Since 1999, our Ottawa injury lawyers have prided themselves on a high success rate and working in the Ottawa community. David Hollingsworth was born and raised in Ottawa and more than considers Ottawa home.  Please consider taking a moment and casting your vote.

Thank you for your continued support. Our Ottawa injury law firm has become one of the top Ottawa injury Law firms in all of eastern Ontario  with your support.

 


Car accidents and compensation for chronic pain.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa share a recent case we’ve settled.

Compensation for Chronic Pain

Accident Scenario:

Our client came to us and wasn’t sure if they had a case or not and wanted some information. Our client  was a 38-year-old woman from Gatineau, Quebec. One day, she was a driver in her car and was suddenly cut off by a vehicle that turned left in front of her.

Injuries Resulting From Accident: 

As a result of the accident, our client suffered very serious personal injuries including chronic neck and back pain, anxiety and psychological difficulties.  Our personal injury team knew that our client would require lots of supports put in place and maximum compensation to rebuild after this accident.

Compensation For Knee Fracture:

In the beginning the insurance company and our lawyers weren’t seeing eye to eye. We continued to get our client the supports , while we worked with the insurance company . In the end, our lawyers were able to get the insurance company to settle at a private settlement conference before prolonged litigation proceedings.  Our client received $ 185,000 from the tort action side of her personal injury lawsuit.  While this $185,000 will never erase the damage that has been done, it can help her adjust to a new life with rehabilitation, benefits and support.

Our  Injury Ottawa Lawyers Can Help You:

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyer team has a tremendous amount of experience in helping people who are suffering from chronic pain as the result of an accident.  We understand how living with chronic pain can be life altering. Often times, other people do not understand the pain that our clients are experiencing on a day-to-day basis.  It’s our job as injury lawyers to ensure that this is made very clear to the insurance companies.  We have chronic pain specialists that we refer our clients to.  We also have a team of supports in place throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario who can help with rehabilitation. We also work closely with the families of our clients, as they are an integral part of the process. For more information that relates to compensation for chronic pain, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/chronic-pain/ . Let us help.

*Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.

 

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How to start a personal injury insurance claim in Ontario and initial OCF forms to be completed.

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.

Being in an accident can be devastating.  You may have been severely injured or even lost a loved one.  In most cases, life may never be the same again.  Often times, it is difficult to know where to start to begin your new life , without your loved one or your new life with serious injuries.  The important thing is that you do start to rebuild your life and return back to your life as best as possible.  Depending on the severity of your injuries and the particulars of your accident, you may or may not require the assistance of a personal injury lawyer.  Regardless, you should at least consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer  and discuss the details of your accident and let them advise on how best to proceed.  Most experienced personal injury lawyers offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose.  It is always best to make these important decisions with as much information possible.
When we meet with our personal injury clients, we offer to have our Ottawa injury lawyers or accident benefit specialists fill out all Ontario accident benefits forms.  This is certainly something one can do for oneself; however, we feel that after an accident, our clients have enough on their plates.  They are often unable to return to work right away, are stressed and the last thing that should be on their minds is complicated paperwork.  We offer to either sit down with our injury clients and complete the paperwork with them, or we can simply do it for them.  Some of the initial OCF forms that need to be completed are the following:
Initial Ontario Accident Benefit Forms OCF forms ….
  • Application for Accident Benefits OCF-1 form
    • This form needs to be filled out when initially applying for benefits, following a motor vehicle accident in Ontario.  This completed form commences the Ontario accident claim.
  • Employer’s Confirmation of Income OCF-2 form
    • This form needs to be filled out if you are claiming Income Replacement Benefits.  This form must be filled out by you and your employer. If you have had multiple employers in the past 52 weeks, you may need to complete several OCF 2 forms.
  • Disability Certificate OCF-3 form
    • This form needs to be filled out to prove your injuries. The OCF 3  form is  filled out by yourself and your health practitioner.  Along with your health practitioner, you will be required to describe your injuries following your accident.
  • Permission to Disclose Health Information OCF-5 form
    • This form needs to be filled out to process your Ontario insurance claim. This form allows the insurance company to  obtain any previous medical information.

There may be other OCF forms for you to complete . If you are unsure of which forms to complete or how best complete any forms, it is always best to consult an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers. For more information on Ontario accident benefits, visit our website at https://www.ottawainjury.ca/insurance-claims

Feel free to also contact us for a free consultation.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers can be reached by phone, email or in person.  Visit our website at https://www.ottawainjury.ca for more information on how to contact us for a free consultation.


More snow coming Ottawa ! Leave those snow tires on.

A caution from personal injury lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth

You may think spring is just around the corner here in Ottawa but you may have to wait a little longer.  Don’t put your shovels and snow tires away yet. There is a storm system making its way towards Ottawa and is likely to hit us late tonight. Yes, that’s right…more snow. It should start tonight and continue tomorrow. It is expected that the Ottawa area will get at least 15 centimetres of snow, possibly more. I wanted to remind everyone to adjust their driving and be aware of the weather conditions.  Driving in a snowstorm and heavy snow can be dangerous. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can tell you that there are far too many accidents that could potentially be avoided if all drivers followed some basic guidelines for winter driving.

If you are feeling unsafe, pullover and get assistance.

Slow down during inclement weather.

Make sure to clear your car off and that you have excellent visibility on the front , back and side windows.

Clear off the roof of your car, as sudden stops may send large amounts of snow down your windows and may affect your visibility. Clearing off your roof also ensures you aren’t putting others at risk with large pieces of ice and snow flying off your vehicle while driving.

Watch out for black ice.

We will undoubtedly be faced with difficult driving conditions tonight and tomorrow morning in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  Please drive safely and take your time.

David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are dedicated injury lawyers who are here to help through support and maximum compensation following an Ontario accident. We are from Ottawa and love Ottawa and want to keep our roads and city safe.

 


What are Ontario Accident Benefits ? Are family members entitled to accident benefits?

Ontario Car Insurance Claims and Accident Benefits. Who can access Ontario benefits?

Statutory Accident Benefits (SABS) are provided by law in every Ontario auto insurance policy. All Accident Benefits are standard and equal among insurance companies, unless you opt for “top up” coverage. Ontario  Accident Benefits provide compensation, regardless of who is at fault, for drivers, passengers, pedestrians and family members who suffer personal injury or death caused by an accident in Ontario or any accident if you are a resident in Ontario. The following accident benefits are the standard Ontario Accident Benefits and are available to most accident victims in Ontario:
  • Income Replacement: Just like it says…the income replacement benefit compensates  for lost income/wages.
  • Non-earner benefit: The non-earner benefit applies when you are unable to carry on a “normal life” and do not qualify for either an Income Replacement benefit or Caregiver benefit.
  • Caregiver benefits: Compensation for expenses incurred when a member of your home needs care and someone is hired to care for them because you no longer can.
  • Medical benefits: Covers medical expenses that occurred as a result of the injury.
  • Rehabilitation benefits: Covers rehabilitation expenses incurred as a result of an injury.
  • Attendant Care benefits: Covers some of the expense incurred by hiring an aide or attendant.
  • Compensation for Other Expenses: These accident benefits pay for some expenses such as monies put out by family members costs in being with you during visitation and recovery. Often times some housekeeping and home maintenance is also covered , as well as lost or damaged articles during accident. ie: computer in car etc…
  • Death benefits: Family members may collect this accident benefit on behalf of a deceased family member.
  • Funeral benefits: These accident benefits help cover funeral expenses.

There are many more Ontario accident benefits available to Ontario drivers.  If you are unsure of whether or not you are receiving everything you are entitled to from your Ontario insurance company, it is best you consult with an Ontario injury lawyer.  We meet daily with people and walk them through their best options. Often times all they need is a little advice.  Unfortunately most insurance companies will not tell you unless you ask and most people don’t know what to ask for.  We know Ontario accident benefits inside and out we have experienced staff who specialize in Ontario accident benefits.  We can help.