Ottawa Car Accident Statistics, Ottawa Accident Rate High for 2010

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Car Accident Lawyer…So far in 2010, people have died in 22 motor vehicle accidents in the Ottawa area. That’s roughly the same number of fatalities in each of 2008 and 2009. As well, almost all of this year’s fatal collisions have happened in the spring and summer. There were two in January, then none until April 11.

Three fatal hit-and-runs occurred within 90 minutes of Ottawa on the evening of Sept. 9, 2010. A 16-year-old biking home from work in Greely, a 63-year-old woman out for her daily walk in a village west of Gracefield, Que. and a 54-year-old man riding his scooter near Brockville were killed. All 3 accidents were avoidable and there seems to be no explanation for the unusually high number of fatal collisions.

Investigations into a number of high profile collisions in Ottawa are ongoing, such as the motorcycle accident that took the life of senior Liberal communications aide Mario Laguë, a student driver who was involved in a collision with a cyclist who was pinned and dragged under her SUV, and the accident leaving Ottawa Senators team doctor Donald Chow in hospital in critical condition .

Ottawa accident statistics

New York-based traffic expert Sam Schwartz said fatal collisions are up worldwide this year as economies recover from the recession and more people can afford to drive. With no patterns, links or explanation for the high number of fatal collisions, there’s no way to know how high the toll might climb, but even a few more fatal crashes will make the tally for 2010 significantly higher than the past two years. We’re at the middle of September and Ottawa car accidents are already at the level they were at for the previous two years. And we’ve still got the rest of 2010 to go…Ottawa accidents have also resulted in a bad year for fatalities

2008 there were 2023 accidents

2009 there were 2225 accidents

and now in 2010 (so far) there have been 2224 accidents.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I too have seen an increase in the number of accident Ottawa accident victims that need my help.  As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer and a Ontario personal injury lawyer, I have some very serious concerns about the changes the Ontario government announced with the new regulations for auto insurance in Ontario, specifically the reduction of medical and rehabilitation expenses from $100,000 to $50,000. This reduction in medical and rehabilitation expenses will have a significant impact on accident victims in Ottawa and  Ontario. Unfortunately it will have a tremendous impact on Ottawa accident victims who are seriously injured but not necessarily catastrophically injured. In this case the medical rehabilitation benefits may run out before they can apply for catastrophic benefits at two years. What is equally disturbing about the proposed changes is that many accident victims who by the time of their injury have a psychological component, (ie: psych treatment, physio treatment, occupational therapy treatment, or home modifications) will be in need of more. Home modifications for example, building a ramp to your front door, or modifying your washroom to accommodate your disability or get a stair lift, all of these things come out of this settlement . In other words , a small amount of money over a ten-year period just won’t go that far and won’t be enough ! In addition to the reduction in available benefits, the new regulations also affect assessments. In addition to reducing the amount of medical and rehab expenses, the proposed changes want to have the cost of insurer assessments in the victim’s settlement.
 

The role of a Ottawa personal injury lawyer

More importantly than ever, my role as a Ottawa personal injury lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer will be critical in obtaining maximum compensation for Ontario accident victims.  I am  dedicated to this and offer  free consultations and make  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca mobile   (613) 978-9549      (613) 237-4922 ext.203 


Ontario laws change to reduce accidents and personal injury in young drivers

Ottawa, Ontario Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth – Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers … these are very important changes for all Ontario drivers…

WHO IS AFFECTED?

The provincial government of Ontario has recently changed the rules related to blood-alcohol restrictions for young and novice drivers in Ontario. Starting August 1st, 2010 – any drivers 21 years old and under must have absolutely zero blood alcohol levels if behind the steering wheel, regardless of their driver’s license category. Until now, the zero tolerance policy was only applicable to drivers with entry-level G1 and G2 class licenses.

WHAT IS ZERO BLOOD ALCOHOL?

The concept of zero blood alcohol does not mean that you must quit drinking or that you can never drink generally if you intend to drive. Rather, the concept has been introduced to safeguard our most precious commodity: life. The new rules are intended to prevent drinking and driving tragedies that have sadly become so common in our communities.

More specifically, your ability to metabolize alcohol is affected by a host of factors which include your age, gender, body size, amount of alcohol consumed, and the functional health of your liver. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it takes about 1 hour to metabolize 15 millilitres of alcohol (standard serving amount of a spirit, beer, or wine). As stated, however, this ratio fluctuates with each individual. Always plan ahead and play it safe when it comes to drinking and the prospect of getting behind the wheel. If you consume 4 drinks in 1 hour, it will take about 7 hours for your body to eliminate all of the alcohol. Your body does this by the liver, but also through excretion in your breath, urine, sweat, feces, milk, and saliva. A blood alcohol content of roughly 0.05 per cent would be registered 4 hours after consuming 4 drinks. A 0.05 blood alcohol content is significantly unsafe for driving.

Again, please keep in mind that these new legislative measures are designed to ensure for your own, and our collective, safety. As Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne has stated,  “What we’re trying to do is introduce sanctions that will educate drivers right up front so they get into good practices early on.” Individuals found in contravention of the new rules will face an immediate license suspension and the prospect of a further suspension of 30 days, in addition to a $500 fine.

WHAT ABOUT REPEAT OFFENDORS?

Escalating sanctions are built-in as part of the new rules in Ontario. According to Wynne, novice drivers who repeatedly violate traffic rules will be given a 30-day suspension for their first conviction, and will accumulate demerit points. A second conviction will result in a 90-day suspension, and then potentially the novice license could be cancelled, forcing the young driver to start all over again. “We’ve got to educate people about these dangers, and these sanctions are part of the education” Wynne states. Statistics show that drivers aged 19 to 21 are nearly 1.5 times more likely to be involved in drinking and driving accidents that involve death or personal injury.

SUMMARY

In short, the new rules in Ontario related to blood alcohol content and repeat offenders seem to be aimed towards a good cause, namely, to reduce the overall level of tragedy related to drinking and driving by (directly) helping impaired drivers change their behaviour to prevent them from becoming repeat offenders, and (indirectly) raising the level of awareness behind these issues so that we can all help to build better, safer communities to live.