Accidents in Ottawa
Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario….
Listen up Ottawa drivers ! Did you know that more than 15,000 auto accidents occurred in Ottawa in 2011. This is more Ottawa accidents than last year; however, fewer people died and fewer people suffered personal injuries.
The most common intersection in Ottawa for accidents is Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road. This busy Ottawa intersection had 53 crashes in 2011, compared to 2010,when it also ranked first in accidents, 43 accidents reported.
The second most common Ottawa accident intersection was Belfast Road and St. Laurent Boulevard. There were 32 accidents in 2011.
The intersection of Baseline Road and Woodroffe was also a common accident location with 31 accidents reported.
Ottawa accidents in 2011
The following intersections also reported a high number of Ottawa accidents in 2011:
Catherine Street and Kent Street- 30 Ottawa accidents
Walkley Road and Hawthorne and Russell roads- 30 Ottawa accidents
Prince of Wales Drive and West Hunt Club Road -30 Ottawa accidents
Blair Road and Blair Road Ramp 36 -29 Ottawa accidents
Clyde Avenue and Merivale Road- 29 Ottawa accidents
Industrial Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard -29 Ottawa accidents
Baseline Road and Greenbank Road -28 Ottawa accidents
Beechwood Avenue and Crichton Street – 28 Ottawa accidents
Thankfully, none of these Ottawa accidents resulted in death.
The city of Ottawa recorded 15,295 collisions in 2011, up from 14,953 in 2010, The number of registered vehicles and licensed drivers on Ottawa’s roads also increased in 2011.
The city of Ottawa also reported that 25 people died in Ottawa accidents: 9 drivers, 7 passengers, 1 motorcyclist, 1 cyclist and 7 pedestrians. The number of fatal accidents in Ottawa lowered from 2010, when 38 deaths occurred in Ottawa accidents and is the lowest number of fatalities in 6 years.
The number of reported people suffering personal injuries in Ottawa accidents lowered from 3,822 in 2010 to 3,690 in 2011, including 2,152 drivers, 814 passengers, 339 pedestrians, 130 motorcycle drivers, 13 motorcycle passengers, and 242 cyclists .
The city of Ottawa is also looking at road safety initiatives and assessing different types of situations when Ottawa accidents happen and where personal injuries result, to improve safety for everyone in Ottawa .
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 !