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 !
As an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer, I applaud and support the efforts made by the Ottawa Police to make our Ottawa streets a safer place….The Police Service will participate in Canada Road Safety Week which runs from May 16 to May 23. In 2010, there were 30 fatal car accidents that resulted in the deaths of 34 people in the Ottawa community. Consequently, the Ottawa Police have made traffic safety a high priority through various initiatives. One program the Ottawa Police have put in place is the RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Programs during the evenings of Thursday May 19th and Friday May 20th. The RIDE Program in Ontario is led by the police community which runs all year long and involves random police spot checks where vehicles are stopped and drivers are checked for impaired driving.
Police are also actively engaged in Project E.R.A.S.E. (Eliminate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) a collaborative effort of 22 police services, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment whose goal is to change poor driver behavior through education and strategic enforcement. Sadly, since 1999 48 people have been killed in Ontario as a result of street racing activities . In addition, excessive speed continues to be the leading contributing factor in fatal car accidents.
Ottawa Police focus on Canada’s Road Safety Week
During Canada’s Road Safety Week, Ottawa police will focus on 4 issues:
- Drinking and driving.
- Seat belts and child restraints.
- Aggressive driving, driving at unsafe speeds, following too closely or running red lights and stop signs.
- Distracted Driving
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and along with the Ottawa Police, encourage everyone on our roadways to work towards making our Ottawa roads and Ontario roads the safest in the world. Let’s do it Ottawa !
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers -Holiday Safety Tips…
Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers: David Hollingsworth: www.ottawainjury.ca
The holiday season is a time that many share with family, friends, and loved ones. It is a time to be generous and grateful for the things in life that we often take for granted, such as the health and happiness of our friends, family, and ourselves. Unfortunately, the holidays can also be a time of tragedy and loss for pedestrians, drivers, and shoppers in the context of road safety and weather considerations. Consider the following advice to keep your friends and family safe from serious car accidents and personal injury during the holiday and winter season:
Even though you may take the best of precautions to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones, it is still possible to become the victim of another’s negligence. Let us spend this holiday season in safety by considering the small but important ways we can all prevent and avoid situations of personal injury, accidents, and tragedy:
Good snow tires can help to keep your car on the road when it doesn’t want to be. Even if your car is in good working condition, it can still hydroplane, contact dry ice, or generally lose control if it is not properly equipped with the right snow tires. Tires require adequate air pressure, and tread. Your gas tank should be about half-full to ensure a freeze-up doesn’t occur. A good mechanic can confirm proper function of all components, including battery, and antifreeze levels.
An emergency kit can be useful to have in your car. They can often be bought at any comprehensive hardware store. A good kit will include such things as (1) jumper cables (2) flashlights, (3) first-aid kit (with the useful emergency blankets), (4) blankets, (5) signal flares, (6) waterproof candle/matches (7) and water. You can always add to your own emergency kit, by including such things as a mobile phone, non perishable power-bars, an object of sentimental value, and so on. The idea is to include anything that could help you in a time of need.
When drivers are distracted, they can be as dangerous and drunk drivers because many accidents occur due to the neglect of the person behind the steering wheel. It goes without saying, drinking and driving puts the lives of everyone on the road at risk, and is advised against. Most accidents occur because a few distractions are combined all at once to lead to a major accident (i.e. a driver has only consumed one drink, but the combination of the bad driving of another car, poor visibility due to snow, and driver talking on the phone, putting on makeup, reading the paper, texting, etc. leads to a serious accident). (By the way, talking on the phone while driving is now prohibited in our city of Ottawa)
PATIENCE + RECKLESS DRIVERS
Allow for extra time to do routine tasks. Generally, it will take longer to drive in winter conditions due to climate factors such as snow and hail, while social factors include increased traffic of people driving to see family or go to the cottage for the holidays. Many people fail to anticipate the need for extra time and drive in a reckless manner, endangering their own lives and the lives of others on the road. Safe-guard yourself against the reckless drivers and please take care on the roads.
SLIP AND FALL Accidents
The last thing you want to do is spend your short holiday break in the hospital recovering from a slip and fall. Always remember to watch out for wet spots and potential slippery areas in shopping malls, supermarkets, offices, etc. Try to shake the snow of your shoes to expose your shoe traction for better grip upon the ground. Most facilities will have rubber mats to remove the moisture from your shoes for additional traction. Comfortable shoes with good tread can make a world of a difference in preventing a slip and fall.
Statistically, the rate of crime peaks somewhat during the holiday season. Please be aware of your environment when shopping, and generally out and about. In particular, avoid ATM machines in locations that you feel are unsafe or when you are by yourself. Remember to limit your shopping to stores that are equipped with (1) adequate security (2) well-lit parking, and (3) entrance and exit ways.
Again, as with all the advice, exercise your common sense and know that your attention to these matters acts to decrease your risk, and focus on what really matters – the opportunity to share your time and energy with your friends, family, and loved ones during the holiday season and beyond.
David Hollingsworth is an experienced personal injury lawyers in Ottawa, specializing in Ottawa and Ontario car accidents, Ottawa slip and fall accidents, and Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims. For over 12 years, Ottawa personal injury Law Firm of Goldberg Stroud LLP has been helping Ottawa personal injury accident victims and their families receive the maximum amount of compensation for their injury.
Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information regarding Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers and how the best Ottawa Accident Lawyers can help you with your personal injury.
Ottawa Lawyers: Calculating Your Settlement
When deciding upon a settlement for your personal injury claim, Ottawa lawyers must consider many different factors. It is not a simple process by any means. There is no way for lawyers to know up front how much you will end up with; it depends on the details of your case along with certain formulas. Unfortunately, some Ottawa lawyers will try to woo you by promising you a large settlement amount. This is typically done so that you will hire them without looking at other determining factors such as their track record and experience.
First you must understand what damages you are entitled to. If your accident or injury caused you to miss time and wages from your work, you are entitled to receive those lost wages in your compensation. If your injury requires you to take long term disability, you should be compensated for that as well. Any property damages as a result of your accident, as well as emotional trauma and medical bills from physical trauma, these are all things that you will want to calculate in as damages for your compensation. Experienced Ottawa lawyers can help you figure out what your damages are from your accident and ensure that you are properly compensated.
The reason that most Ottawa lawyers can not immediately assess your probable settlement amount also lies in the fact that some damages are subjective. For example, mental anguish can not be calculated in a dollar amount. It is up to analysts to calculate a reasonable number, typically using a formula, to decide how much is appropriate to attribute to these damages. If your mental damages are debilitating or lifelong, you will be awarded a much higher sum than if your damages are slight.
Who’s More at Fault?
Another factor in determining settlement amounts is the percentage of fault. In order to win a case, Ottawa lawyers must have evidence that the accident or injury was due to the negligence of the other party. However, 100% of the injury need not be their fault. Typically some of the blame may lie on the side of the injured party, and in that case the insurance company and the victim can come to a conclusion as to what percent of the accident was the fault of the injured party and what percent was the fault of the other party.
Once a conclusion has been reached, there is a new calculation of the possible settlement amount. After adding up all of the damage amounts, including lost wages, disability, mental anguish, and anything else you may feel entitled to, the percentage that is attributed to your fault is then taken out of the equation. For example, if your damages total $1,000, and it is decided that you are 30% to blame for the accident, you would be seeking out $700 in compensation for your losses. Experienced Ottawa lawyers may try to argue for more on your behalf, but this is the number that will typically begin the negotiations.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to an accident or negligence, feel free to call or email me for a free consultation. I would be happy to discuss with you your options. Do it for yourself and your family. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca