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 :How long does it take for an Ontario personal injury lawsuit to settle ?

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…How long does an Ontario personal injury lawsuit case take to settle?

Well, that’s an excellent question and there isn’t one straight forward answer.  The length of time it takes  for an Ontario personal injury lawsuit to resolve depends on several factors. The most important determining factors of an Ontario personal injury law suit are:

-The severity of your personal injuries..you will need time to determine the extent of the personal injury

-How quickly  information and documents are gathered

-How much cooperation your Ontario personal injury lawyer receives from the insurance defence lawyer

-The recommendations from your medical professionals

-How long it takes to gather all medical records

-If the case settles before trial

-How long it takes to obtain a trial date .

There are many steps along the way designed to reach a settlement without having to go to trial.  Most Ontario personal injury law suits settle before having to have a trial.  As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I have settled close to 100% of all my Ontario personal injury law suits without having to go to trail. There are stages in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit such as mediation, examination for discovery and settlement conferences that are steps in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit designed to avoid a trial.  I typically settle most of my Ontario personal injury lawsuits at these stages. 

The most important factor in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit in terms of time, is to make sure you take the time to do it right.  There is too much at stake not to. You may have your personal injuries for the rest of your life and you and your family need to be properly compensated .

—-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 personal injury lawyer cautioning all Ontario distracted drivers.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… Ontario Provincial Police have a new focus:  distracted drivers. The OPP are going to crack down on people driving who are doing almost anything other than driving. Yes, that’s right. What does that mean? It could be cell phone or texting, fiddling with the radio in the car, eating and drinking, smoking, dealing with children. Anything that distracts drivers from the road.  I can honestly say as an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, there are far too many accidents as a result of distracted driving. 2012 has just begun and already we have 8 people who have been killed on Ontario highways due to distracted driving.

I know we are all in a rush but please put the phone away.  Don’t even keep it within arms reach when driving.  That way you won’t be tempted to answer it. Return your calls/texts when you arrive SAFELY at your destination.  Before cell phones, people managed and so can we.

Please drive safely out there !                                    -Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

———————- This  Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer dedicated to helping Ontario accident victims and the families of accident victims who have been seriously injured or 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 topic you would like me to write about or  if you have a question,  please call or email me: david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa and eastern Ontario freezing rain : Tips for driving in icy conditions, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers, Ottawa Accident Lawyer…Listen up Ottawa ! A freezing rain warning issued by Environment Canada for Ottawa and parts of Eastern Ontario is expected to continue throughout tonight and into the morning. The freezing rain has contributed to over 50 reported car accidents in Ottawa today and is suspected to be a contributing factor to a serious accident on highway 401 this morning that partially closed highway 401 for close to 9 hours,  near Kingston. Leaving over 100 cars stuck for hours.

Many school boards have closed cancelled their busses. The Upper Canada District School Board cancelled all buses but schools remained open. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario also cancelled all buses.

Ontario Provincial Police , Ottawa police and I are warning commuters to drive slowly on the icy roads in eastern Ontario. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I also want to caution pedestrians to be careful while walking on Ottawa’s roads and sidewalks.  Cars may not be able to stop .Please keep your head up and be extra vigilant. Drivers need to also be aware that the sidewalks and roads are slippery and consequently be a lot more aware of pedestrians. The following are a few driving safety tips for driving in icy conditions.

  • If your car begins to slide on black ice, take your foot off the gas pedal. The last thing you want to do is give your car more gas. Slow down when you are driving on ice or in any winter conditions.
  • Don’t slam the brakes. Yes, it may be a natural instinct to slam on the brakes; however this will cause your vehicle to lose control and continue sliding. Pump your brake pedal gently instead of pushing down hard.
  • Look for dangerous trouble spots ahead. If you suspect that there is ice ahead, downshift to a lower gear before you hit the ice. The lower gear will allow you to drive more slowly and allow for better control of your vehicle.

  • Ottawa Lawyer : What is Ontario slip and fall compensation ?

    Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… 

    Ontario, Ottawa Pedestrian Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth. David has a lot of experience with individuals who have sustained slip and fall injuries while in a store and have slipped and fell from either poor maintenance of the floor itself (elevated or cracked), or it is slippery from a spill of a liquid of some sort. Putting a sign saying the floor is wet is simply not enough to prevent a serious injury, ensuring the floor is dry will prevent the injury. The same goes for a damaged floor. If a floor is wet or damaged it should be fixed immediately. That is the responsibility of the store. If you suffer a serious injury, there is compensation available to you and that is where the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help.

    What Can You Do if you slip or fall in a store and suffer a serious injury?

    If you are shopping and see something that appears unsafe within a store, do your part and tell an employee or a manager. If we all do our part we can prevent Ottawa slip and fall injuries.

    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth’s Experience

    David has had many clients who have been unfortunate enough to slip and fall within a store and have experienced severe, neck, back, leg, arm, spine, and head injuries. These injuries take quite a toll on an individual’s life, preventing them from working, taking care of their loved ones, and enjoying life in general. David has helped various individuals get through their injuries and receive the compensation they deserve.

    If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca


    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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    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer on Hallowe'en Safety Tips…

    Happy Hallowe’en everyone.   Before you head out tomorrow night , please take a minute  to review these Hallowe’en safety tips from the Red Cross… My children are quite excited for the big day , as are most.  We have finally decided on a lamb, a witch and a glowstick guy ! Looking forward to seeing all the kids. Enjoy your night everyone and please be safe !!!                                                           -Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

    With witches, goblins, and super-heroes descending on neighborhoods across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross offers parents some safety tips to help prepare their children for a safe and enjoyable trick-or-treat holiday. Halloween should be filled with surprise and enjoyment, and following some common practices to keep events safer and more fun!

    • Costumes should be light-colored and flame resistant with reflective strips so that children are more easily seen at night.  (And remember to put reflective tape on bikes, skateboards, and brooms, too!)
    • Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping.
    • Remind children to keep away from open fires and candles. (Costumes can be extremely flammable.)
    • Use face paint rather than masks or things that will cover the eyes.
    • Remind children to walk, slither, and sneak on sidewalks – not in the street.
    • Explain to children that calls should be made along one side of the street first and then the other, and that it’s best to cross the street only at intersections or crosswalks.
    • Remind children to look both ways before crossing the street to check for cars, trucks, and low-flying brooms.
    • Provide yourself or the children with a flashlight to see better and to be better seen.
    • Have children plan their route and share it with you and the family. 
    • Trick or Treaters should travel in groups of four or five.  Young children should be accompanied by an adult.
    • Visit homes that have the porch light on.
    • Make sure children know they should accept treats at the door and must not get into cars or enter the homes or apartments of strangers.
    • Remind children not to eat their treats and goodies until they are examined by an adult at home.  And candy should not be eaten if the package is already opened. Small, hard pieces of candy are a choking hazard for young children.
  • Make sure you and your children know where the Block Parent houses are located in the neighborhood.
  • Set agreed-to boundaries with your children.  Explain the importance of staying within them and arriving home on time.
  • Injury is no accident. Prepare! Stay Safe! Survive!  

    ———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ontario 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 a free consultation and  more information. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549

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    Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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    What are Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims ?
     
    When you or a loved one is involved in an Ontario accident, the first step toward making a claim is to contact your own insurance company. This is the case regardless of whether or not you are at fault, whether you are a pedestrian, or whether you were a passenger in a vehicle. Your own insurance company will be responsible for providing you with Ontario Accident Benefits. Ontario Accident Benefits are designed to provide you with all of the medical treatments that you need, medications, assistance with housekeeping and homemaking, attendant care (someone to help you with your own personal care), other family expenses, income replacement or caregiver or non-earner benefits, occupational therapy assistance, assistive devices, job re-training, as well as other benefits.

    Filling out the insurance forms can be a time consuming, confusing and frustrating task. Don’t let this stop you from getting what you help you need and deserve. David and his team of personal injury professionals will help you complete these forms. If you plan to pursue the other driver for compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income or medical or other expenses, you must first apply to receive Ontario Accident Benefits.

    Let David tell you more about the importance of making an Ontario Accident Benefits claim and maximizing these benefits.

    ————————————————————————————————– This Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by  Ontario bicycle accident and  injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. David has been an Ontario injury lawyer representing Ontario accident victims since 1999. 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

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    Ottawa Police : Canada Road Safety Week , Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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    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 !

     


    Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: Stages of an Ontario Personal Injury Lawsuit

    How long does a personal injury lawsuit take in Ontario?

    After an accident, your world is turned upside down.  You may have lost a loved one or you may be in pain and unable to do some everyday tasks you once could. You probably have a million questions that need to be answered.

    An Ontario personal injury lawyer can help answer any questions you may have that relate to Ontario accidents, personal injury, accident benefits, insurance claims, medical specialists, services available and more …

    Most people who come to me as an Ontario personal injury lawyer want to know: how their case will proceed , how long it will take and what is the maximum compensation they are entitled to in Ontario.

    There is no one answer to these questions but after reviewing all the facts in your case, an Ontario personal injury lawyer can best give you an idea of what course to take and what compensation you are entitled to.

    What happens in an Ontario personal injury lawsuit?

    Step 1:  

    Shortly after you hire an Ontario personal injury lawyer, they will  notify the defendant (i.e. the person’s insurance company who you plan to sue) that you intend to file a claim.

    Typically, the  insurance company will try to negotiate directly with you and hope that an Ontario personal injury lawyer does not become involved.

    The reason for this is that typically Ontario personal injury lawyers can negotiate  a much much larger settlement amount in compensation.

    They know how to develop a personal injury case to show not only what compensation  you need now but what compensation you will need in 20 years from now, as the result of an accident.

     

    Step 2:

    If the insurance company does not offer you a reasonable amount,  your Ontario personal injury lawyer will commence the lawsuit.  This is done by filing a document called a “Statement of Claim” with the Court office and then serving the defendant with the Statement of Claim.

    The insurance company generally have their  own lawyers and will in turn file a “Statement of Defence”.

    The Ontario personal injury lawyer and the representative for the insurance company then exchange documents and proceed to “examinations for discovery”.

    At the examinations for discovery, each side is asked questions about the accident by the other party’s lawyer.

    The best Ontario personal injury lawyers will  arrange medical examinations for you.  The insurance company is also entitled to have you seen by medical professionals it chooses, although there are limits on this right. This is not something you should be afraid of; don’t worry.

     

    Step 3:

    Your Ontario personal injury lawyer and the insurance company can offer settlement compensation at any point and your Ontario personal injury case can be resolved at any given moment.  A lot of Ontario lawsuits are settled at a “mediation”.

    A mediation in Ontario is an attempt to settle the case.  The Ontario personal injury lawyer and the insurance company agree upon  the mediator they want to reach a settlement amount in their personal injury case.

    A few months before trial, there will also be a “pre-trial meeting.

     

    Step 4:

    The pre-trial  meeting is a venue, whereby an Ontario judge can offer input to the Ontario personal injury lawyer, as well as the lawyer for the insurance company. Typically, the Ontario judge will offer their opinions in regards to the strengths and weaknesses of the case.

    Often times, cases settle at, or shortly after, the pre-trial meeting. Most Ontario personal injury lawsuits are settled before trial.

    However, some lawsuit do not settle and  you will be given a trial date.  The unsuccessful party at trial can appeal the trial decision to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

      

    How long does a personal injury lawsuit in Ontario take to resolve?

    The length of time it takes to resolve an Ontario personal injury lawsuit depends on many factors:

    • How quickly you respond to your Ontario personal injury lawyer’s requests for information and documents;
    • If the insurance company is cooperative;
    • How long it takes for your doctors to provide a report as to what the long term implications of your personal injuries will be;
    • How much time it takes to prepare and receive reports from doctors, other health professionals and other institutions;
    • How long it takes for the defence lawyer to arrange various defence medical examinations: and
    • How long it takes to obtain a trial date in Ontario.  The sooner you commence your lawsuit, the better.

     

    The most important thing you need to do after an accident is recover and rebuild.  You will need help and support. Ask for help from friends and family.  They are for you.  Don’t worry about your Ontario personal injury lawsuit. Your Ontario personal injury lawyer will do that for you.

    They will represent you and fight on your behalf to ensure that you get everything you need and are entitled to. These are some of the most difficult and stressful times of your life; focus on yourself, family , friends and recovery.  By hiring one of the best Ontario personal injury lawyers, you can concentrate on your recovery.

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    Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

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