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 !
What to do after an accident in Ontario
I truly hope you aren’t in an accident but should you be, here are a few important things you should do:
Give all information about the accident to the police
Get names and addresses of parties involved and witnesses
Notify your insurance company of the accident and record insurance information
Notify your doctor, employer or school
Keep track of all medical and rehab appointments
Keep track of receipts of related expenses
Keep track of time family and friends have provided care
Check for other available health insurance coverage plans
And of course, call a personal injury lawyer….
Who ? I know…Call me – David Hollingsworth (613) 237-4922 ext 203 or (613) 978-9549
Our lawyers are available by phone, text or email to answer any questions you may have following an accident. It’s our hope that you recover completely from your accident; however if you don’t , you need to put a plan in place. Our Ottawa injury lawyers are experienced in helping put these plans together for people who have been injured. We work closely with the families of our clients ; who are often times the ones in charge of making most of the decisions for their loved ones. Our Ottawa injury lawyers will work for you and ensure you are being treated fairly. Navigating the insurance system in Ontario can be very complicated and our lawyers have the experience to steer you in the right direction.
If you have a simple question, don’t be afraid to ask. the more information you have the better. It’s important you know your rights and what you and your family is entitled to. Whether or not you decide to make a personal injury claim is up to you and it’s important you make that decision with all the correct information.
This decision may affect the rest of your life. Make sure you make the right one.