Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca Hopefully that gorgeous warm Ottawa weather we had last week will be back very soon. When the warm weather comes back so will the many children on their bicycles. It’s important to remember that these little ones haven’t formally been taught the “rules of the road”. I have a few reminders here for you to read and discuss with your child. I also wanted to remind us all to slow down when approaching these little guys on back. some of them are just learning to drive a bicycle and could veer off the sidewalk at any time. Some cyclists are also just learning the rules when it comes to sharing the road. Please be patient and extra cautious…Enjoy this upcoming spring Ottawa !
Child Cycling Safety :
–Always obey all street signs and signals.
-Always walk your bicycle while crossing the street.
-Cross the street at the corners only
-Do not drive a bicycle after dark or in dangerous weather.
-Check carefully..STOP and look to the left, to the right and then the left again before entering traffic
-Use the right-hand side of the road, and ride in the same direction as traffic. don’t double up with your friend. —Ride your bicycle single file.
-Use bicycle safety hand signals.
-Always wear bright coloured clothing and reflective clothing and accessories so cars can see you.
-Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits well.
Most of all use common safe and cycle safely !
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Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Cycling Safety
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Cycling Accidents Ottawa .We all want to be out on our bicycles cycling around Ottawa. There is much to see and do and getting out on a bicycle is one of the best ways of seeing our city. Of course, it is part of a healthy lifestyle, but bicycling also helps the environment. It’s important, as a cyclist in Ottawa, to be always be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your are visible and take all necessary safety precautions. As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, I meet regularly with people involved in bicycle accidents who suffer very serious personal injury such as brain injury, head injury and broken bones.
In 2009, according to Transport Canada, there were a total of 41 bicycle accident fatalities, and 435 serious personal injuries related to bicycle accidents. The Canada Safety Council recommends for all bicyclists to wear an approved bicycle helmet, which can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries. Simply put: A bicycle helmet can save your life, so why wouldn’t you wear one? There are many bicycle safety measures you can take to help keep yourself and your children safe:
1. Always wear a helmet.
2. Pay attention and avoid distractions.
3. Obey the laws and road safety rules. Cyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers and need to follow the same traffic laws.
4. Be predictable — ride in a straight line, don’t swerve over sewers or bumps in the road, this will increase your chances of a collision with a vehicle.
5. Properly signal all turns and check behind you before completing a turn or changing lanes.
6. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
7. Stay visible. Be careful around parked cars and ride where drivers can see you.
8. Use lights at night and wear bright colored clothing.
9. Be alert -Try to watch for the next move of drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists.
10. Watch for debris, potholes, grates or any road obstacles.
11. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order. Make sure your tires don’t need air, brakes must work, chains should run smoothly, and quick release wheel levers must be closed.
As a driver, there are many steps you can take to avoid a bicycle accident
1. Respect cyclists’ right to share the road and responsibilities as motorists.
2. Obey the speed limits.
3. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.
4. Do shoulder checks, and always check blind spots for cyclist.
5. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and bicycles.
6. Yield to pedestrians and cyclists in crossways.
7. If you plan to turn right or pull into a parking space shortly ahead of a bicycle in front of you, do not pass. Allow the cyclist to pass first.
8. Signal all turns and lane changes well 30 in advance.
10. Only pass cyclists when it is safe to do so.
These cycling safety tips may seem basic but serve as a great reminder to us all. Ottawa is a wonderful city to cycle in, let’s keep it safe ! We all need to focus more on cycling safety. There are far too many very serious head injuries and other very serious personal injuries in Ottawa each year as the result of an Ottawa bicycle accidents. As one of the top Ottawa bicycle accident lawyers, I encourage everyone to have a safe and accident free summer.
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyers-
Spring has sprung and the bicycles are out! I will admit my heart skips a beat every time my 4-year-old daughter clicks on her helmet and takes her Dora bike out. Riding a bicycle on the road can be dangerous and bicycle accidents can have lifelong implications, including ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, loss of income and the prospect of devastating effects on your family. Bicycle accidents and personal injury can be the result of a negligent driver. Drivers do not always think the person on the bicycle has the same rights, as does a car or motor vehicle.
Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer
Ottawa bicycle accidents can be especially injurious to the bicyclist because he or she has nothing to protect them from a high-speed impact with another vehicle and ultimately, the hard-pavement. Many Ontario bicycle accidents end in tragedy, which includes brain injury, head injury, burns and cuts, spinal injury, broken bones, fractures, and death. I recommend to all bicyclists to always wear a helmet to protect the sensitive brain against head and brain injuries, and to wear protective clothing with reflective qualities—essential for night-time cycling. The reflective gear acts to protect the cyclist by warning drivers in advance of his or her presence. The #1 goal of bicycle safety is to avoid getting hit by a car. Always practice safe cycling by using your hand signals, and riding in designated areas.
Cycling accident compensation
In Ottawa Ontario, every cyclist has a right and entitlement to compensation when a driver is negligent and causes an accident that results in their personal injury. Ottawa bicycle victims who suffer serious personal injury in Ottawa bicycle accidents and Ontario bicycle accidents need to protect their rights to compensation with the help of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer or Ontario personal injury lawyer that understands the laws regarding bicycle accidents in Ontario, specializes in personal injury and driver negligence and can help you get back to your life as best possible.
If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and suffered a serious personal injury, you are likely entitled to serious compensation. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa, Ontario personal injury team have been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims get maximum compensation for their Ontario personal injury since 1999. David offers free consultations and takes cases on a contingency basis, which means no money upfront and he gets paid after you get paid. Contact David directly at www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613-978-9549.