Ottawa injury lawyers on texting and driving statistics. What can we do?

Teenage texting and driving has become a huge area of concern for new drivers.  Thankfully, most new drivers now understand and respect the dangers of drinking and driving but unfortunately texting and driving seems to be the new focus.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)  reported that 35 people died last year because of distracted driving and 1,000 suffered serious personal injuries as a result of texting and driving.

The following statistics were found at www.textinganddrivingsafety.com.  This website  is an incredible website devoted tothe elimination of drivers from texting when driving. I encourage you to visit this site for many valuable resources, statistics, videos, campaigns, pledges and tools designed to share the text free driving message.

The reality of texting and driving..

  • In 2011, there were a reported 1.3 million car accidents involving cell phones.
  • The chances of being in an accident increase by 23X when you are texting. (National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.)

Texting while driving causes…

  • 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
  • 330,000 personal injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
  • 11 teenage fatalities daily  – Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts
  • Close to 25% of  motor vehicle accidents

Texting when driving is:

  • About 6 X more likely to cause an accident than driving impaired
  • As dangerous as driving after drinking 4 beers – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
  • The main cause of distracted driving for teenage drivers

Texting While Driving:

  • Is as dangerous as the driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
  • Takes place at any giver moment across the country by close to 800,000 drivers.
  • Slows your braking speed reaction by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society

The statistics don’t lie. Texting and driving has become a huge concern for all of us.  This blog post focussed on teenagers and texting but that’s not to say they are the only ones. Adults are also texting and driving and often times their children are watching. We must educate our teenagers and all drivers to put down the phone and focus on the road. It has taken our society awhile to get there with drinking and driving and we still have a long ways to go; however, this newest generation of drivers seems to be understanding it more and more. Now, we must do the same with texting and driving.  I have 3 children who will all start driving in the next 10 years so I feel very strongly about this issue.  Would love to hear your thoughts on what you think we can do to help eliminate texting and driving.

Throughout the years I have met with far too many families who have lost a loved one in an accident because someone was texting and driving.  It is so hard for the families to understand how these accidents happen. I’m here to tell you, they do and they are devastating.

 


Ontario Police focusing on distracted driving: It’s not just cell phones !

Ottawa accident and distracted driving

For everyone’s safety, the OPP-Ontario Ontario Provincial Police are about to begin a distracted driving campaign next week. This is not the first distracted driving campaign in the Ottawa area.  Ontario Police often target distracted drivers and you wouldn’t believe the number of infractions that occur in just a one weekend blitz campaign. I support these campaigns fully.  As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I read police accident reports daily and the number of Ottawa area accidents caused by distracted driving is astonishing.  What bothers me most, is that these accidents are avoidable. I’m not saying I don’t understand how it happens.   I too have children that suddenly start fighting in the back seat and before I know it, my attention has been diverted from the road to them. It  happens. That is why reminders such as this post are so useful. My goal is to have us all tuck this post in the back of our minds and hopefully the next time a situation arises when we are driving, we will remember.

Ontario Police are not only focusing on distracted drivers, they are also asking drivers to leave any handheld devices out of reach while driving. Yes, put your phone away.  Don’t even have it out. Leave your phone in your purse , or even the back of the car.  If it’s too close, the fear is that you might be tempted to check that text that just came in etc.. We can’t have that ! Ontario Police are also asking that passengers to speak to their drivers if they are driving distracted. While this may be uncomfortable, it is life saving ! This is particularly important if you have teenagers or children in the car.  Please do not set a bad example.

As I mentioned earlier, distracted is not limited to texting or talking on the phone.  Although texting is the most dangerous, there are other obstacles that can divert your attention while driving. The most common are:

eating,

drinking,

watching other drivers,

focussing on kids in the backseat ,

looking in the mirror,

or personal grooming.

Please tuck this information away and hopefully we can all work together to reduce  Ottawa accidents and keep our roads safe. Drive safely and have a great day.

David Hollingsworth has been a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer for close to 15 years.  David works with an incredible team of highly skilled injury lawyers, Ontario accident benefits specialists and personal injury law clerks .

 

 


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We received another great email today from a client who came to us close to 2 years ago after she had suffered a serious back injury in an accident.  We began working with her and her family soon after her accident and were able to secure them a great settlement that allowed them to continue on with life much more financially comfortable and start rebuilding a life with a serious back injury. Not only do we help secure her financial future, we were able to get her in to see some of Ottawa’s top back specialists. We also helped them set up for the future with a plan that would make sure they were well taken care of.  This client is just one of many clients we help each month. Here is what she had to say.

“I just wanted to say thanks again.  My husband and I sat down last night and for the first time felt like it was finally over and that is thanks to you and your staff.  We really appreciated everything you did for us David and know how hard you worked to get it for us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  “

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Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are experienced and dedicated accident lawyers specializing in Ontario personal injury, accidents and insurance claims.  Since 1999, we have built one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyer teams.

 


Are Ontario snowmobile accidents entitled to Ontario accident benefits ?

Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims

There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of  a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss.  I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents.  So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents.   The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly,  fatal. Please ride safely…

Transport Canada  has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada?  Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and  snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.

Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:

  • Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
  • Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
  • Always have a  first aid and survival kit available.
  • Ride at your own speed.
  • Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
  • Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
  • If you don’t know  the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
  • Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
  • At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
  • Know the  ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
  • Always  wear flotation-type clothing.
  • Always be on the look out for wildlife.

It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try.  Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport.  Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !

 

 

 

    

 


Eastern Ontario highway accidents increase in 2012. Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Accidents resulting in death

Statistics reported in the Ottawa Citizen today revealed that there were many highway accidents that resulted in deaths in Eastern Ontario in 2012. The highways that are under the Ontario Provincial Police’s watch went up by close to 1/3  last year, compared to 2011.  Accidents killed 73 people in the eastern Ontario area compared to 55 in 2011.  Last year was the highest rate of accident deaths since 2008.

Drinking and driving  was the cause of 9 deaths and improper seat belt use caused 16 deaths, That’s 25 AVOIDABLE deaths !  Reckless driving , driving too fast and not paying attention also contributed to many eastern Ontario accidents.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers work closely with families who have lost a loved one in an accident and are devastated.  Families would do anything to bring their loved one back to life and no amount of compensation can do that for them.  Ontario accident benefits pay for funeral expenses and loss of income etc, but can never replace a loved one.

Please be aware of your surroundings when driving.  If you are unsure of the roads, slow down and be extra cautious. Avoid distractions including loud music, devices that are not hands free etc.. We also need to remind our new young drivers about being responsible drivers and the best way to do so is by setting the best possible example we can as drivers.  I challenge each and every one of you to be the best driver you can possibly be, lower accident statistic and save lives. Thank you.

Compensation for wrongful death

If you have lost a loved one in an accident; we are sorry. Our personal injury lawyers can help get accident benefits for wrongful death. We are free to meet with you and walk you through your options and what benefits and compensation you are entitled to.  You have been though enough, let us help.

 


Ottawa Injury Lawyer on driving safety in eastern Ontario.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth

It’s that time of year again when the roads become more dangerous and we are also spending more time on the roads visiting friends. In light of the recent freezing rain conditions here in Ottawa , I thought I would help provide a few reminders when it comes to travel safety…

What to have with you in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

Be prepared and have a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times with:

  •  ice scraper
  •  snow brush
  •  matches
  • candles
  •  flashlights
  •  flares
  • non-perishable snacks
  • rope
  • maps
  • booster cables
  • safety shovel
  • winter boots
  • blankets
  • gloves
  • cell phone
  • Have a HELP sign (to be placed on back of window)

What to do in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Keep windows, mirrors and lights free of obstructions.
  • Check  headlamps,  signals and tail lights are clear of  snow and ice
  • Clear off your car entirely, including side mirrors.
  • Install snow tires.
  • Add gas line anti-freeze to the fuel-tank when refueling in extremely cold weather.
  • Keep gas tank always be over 1/2 full.
  • Make sure you have properly functioning  windshield wipers.
  • Keep windshield washer fluid levels full.
  • Check engine oil and ensure you have winter weight oil   5W-30.
  • Keep battery dry, clean, well connected and free of corrosion .
  • Make sure tire pressure is balanced
  • Check tire condition
  • Check coolant level and mixture and have it flushed every two years.

What to do in freezing rain driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Avoid driving in freezing rain.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Do not drive if there are whiteouts, freezing rain or blizzards.
  • Never drink and drive. Use a designated driver, taxis, walk or sleepover when possible.
  • Buckle up your seat belt.
  • Ensure all passengers are buckled up.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep at least 2 chevrons between you and the vehicle in front of you.

An accident can happen in an instant and can be devastating.  Most accidents can be avoided.  Please take the time and share this with friends and family. It could help save a life.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 


Orthopedic Injury, Broken Bones and Bone fractures: Why you may need an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

Compensation for broken bone injuries

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa David Hollingsworth

One of the most common injuries in car accidents is broken bones; otherwise known as orthopedic injuries.  An orthopedic injury often may seem like a small injury; however these injuries often prevent people from returning to their everyday life and in some cases unable to return to work or enjoy a day without pain and suffering. I meet daily with people whose lives have been turned upside down because of an orthopedic injury. Not only are they suffering, their family is suffering. I’ve seen how an orthopedic injury can negatively change someone’s life. That is why I take orthopedic injury cases extremely seriously and fight the insurance company for maximum compensation. For years, even decades to come, most accident victims will need compensation for their orthopedic injury.

Often times, broken bones require serious medical intervention such as surgery , the insertion of metal hardware  plates , pins or screws  and typically require ongoing physical and occupational therapy.

Not all orthopedic injuries are the same…

There are several types of bone injuries or bone fractures. Generally, most orthopedic injuries fall into these categories:

1-Compound bone fracture – This is when the bone breaks through the skin and is an open fracture.

2-Simple bone fracture– This is when the bone breaks under the skin but is not visible from the outside and does not pierce the skin. There are several types of simple bone fractures.

3-Complete bone fracture –This is when a bone completely breaks; either in  two or more parts.

4-Incomplete bone fracture-This is when the bone cracks but does not break apart.

If you or a loved one has suffered an orthopedic injury, it’s important to remember that your insurance company needs to compensate you  for financial shortfalls, damages, rehabilitation and other Ontario accident benefits to which you may be entitled to. As an Ottawa personal injury layer who has had hundreds of bone fractures injury cases, I can honestly say that it is in your best interest to consult with a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer to know your rights and options. All my consultations are free and I’d be happy to help you get the maximum compensation for your broken bone injury.  You have to take care of yourself. You owe it to yourself and your family.

 


Ottawa Police aiming to reduce personal injuries by focussing on unsafe lane changes

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) are targetting  Ottawa motorists performing  unsafe lane changes and those who inappropriately use reserved lanes to help keep Ottawa’s roads safe. This will be the focus for April.

Ottawa Accidents and Unsafe Lane changes

Unsafe lane changes caused 1,130  accidents  reported in 2010, resulting in one wrongful death and 111 personal injuries. 

Ottawa Accidents and Ottawa Drivers Driving in Reserved Lanes

In 2010, Ottawa motorists traveling in the reserved transit lanes caused 27 accidents which resulted  in  personal injuries. 

The  Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department.  They are all dedicated to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious personal injuries for all Ottawa people , through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. 

I commend them on their efforts and support these amazing initiatives.  Let’s all do whatever we can to help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

—-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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Steps Ontario personal injury lawsuits :What is an examination for discovery ?

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca  Steps of an Ontario Personal Injury Lawsuit : Examination for Discovery

What is an Examination for Discovery in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?    An examination for discovery is a very important step of an Ontario personal injury lawsuit.  It allows for questions to be asked under oath. It also allows both sides to share documents that relate to the Ontario personal injury lawsuit. All parties in an Ontario law suit have an obligation to list and give copies of all documents that are relevant to the Ontario personal injury law suit in a sworn affidavit. This is often the time when additional evidence will surface. This is also the stage in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit when the insurance company will be able to ask the accident victim questions.  Not to worry, your Ontario personal injury lawyer will be there to ensure that all the questions being asked are fair. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will also prepare you for an examination for discovery ahead of time so you know what to expect. A court reporter will also be present to record the examination for discovery.

Sometimes in an examination for discovery, a question may be asked and the witness does not know the answer. Often times the Ontario personal injury lawyer and the lawyer for the insurance company will agree that the question can be answered later in writing as an undertaking.  Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will help prepare the undertaking and assist you in answering any undertakings.

An examination for discovery often “gets all the cards out on the table”.  The examination for discovery gives both sides a clear picture of all the facts in the Ontario personal injury law suit and allows for better communication and better chances of settling the Ontario personal injury lawsuit before it goes to court.

If you have any questions at all about your Ontario accident or your Ontario personal injury lawsuit, fell free to contact us.

—-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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Ottawa injury lawyer explains the steps in a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario.

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth .. If you or a family member has been in an accident in Ontario and have been injured, you are likely entitled to compensation.  There are many forms of compensation available to Ontario accident victims. Some Ontario personal injury lawsuits settle simply with one letter or phone call from an Ontario personal injury lawyer.  Others do not settle and go to trial.  There are several steps along the way where an Ontario personal injury case may settle.

What are the steps in a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario?

Throughout all of these steps, your Ottawa personal injury lawyer will be with you, representing you and ensuring you are getting the help , support and compensation you need.

Stages of an Ontario personal injury lawsuit:

1. Client and Ontario personal injury lawyer meeting

2. Gathering the facts:

 3. Filing the Ontario Personal Injury Claim

4. Collection of Documents: police reports, medical reports, insurance documents etc

5. Examination for Discovery

6. Law Review and Damages

7.  Mediation

8. Pre-trial Conference

9. Trial

—-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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