Will an increase in distracted driving fines help eliminate accidents ? Our Ottawa injury lawyers hope so.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..Last year far too many people were killed  directly as a result of  distracted driving. Did you know that distracted driving has now become one of the main causes of accidents? As handheld devices become more and more popular, distracted driving is on the rise. The Ontario government is concerned and wants to do something about.  Despite more education surrounding the dangers of distracted driving, accidents continue to occur.  In response, fines for distracted driving are set to nearly double on March 18, 2014.

The decision to increase the fine for driving while using a hand-held device such as a cellphone, smartphone or MP3 player  to $280 from $155 starting March 18 was delivered by a chief justice of the Ontario Court of Justice.

According to CAA statistics,  the Canadian Automobile Association states that cell phone use is the worst offender when it comes to causes of car accidents. Specifically texting, as the act of texting causes you to be 23 times more likely that you’ll cause an accident. These statistics are even higher that impaired driving.

The Ontario Provincial Police issued 19,000 tickets in the Ottawa region last year for distracted driving and this is raising concern about the fate of motorists on roadways. In the Ottawa area 78 people died as a result of distracted driving last year.  How tragic ! These deaths were avoidable !

As Ottawa personal injury lawyers , we read accident reports daily and often times distracted driving plays a role.  Sadly, this is not uncommon.  It’s everyone’s job to respect their lives and the lives of others and put your phone away while driving. If it’s an urgent matter and you need to read or send a text, then  pull over to a safe place and do what you need to do. As parents, we also need to stress the dangers of distracted driving with our children and new drivers.  Lead by example and discuss with your children the dangers and realities of distracted driving.  As a society, we all need to be a part of the solution and help eliminate distracted driving.  Do your part and save lives.

For more information on safety and laws in Ontario, please visit our website at www.ottawainjury.ca . Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer dedicated to safety and helping people in eastern Ontario.  Throughout the years David has built an incredible personal injury team who share a common interest in helping people who have been injured.  David Hollingsworth and the team work closely with clients and  clients’ families to help rebuild lives following an accident in Ontario.  Email us at david@ottawainjury.ca with any legal or safety question you may have and we would be happy to answer.

“We understand, we care and we’re here to help..and our track record proves it”


“Thank you very much for advocating on my behalf” . An Ottawa injury lawyer review from a personal injury client.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth..

We are so lucky to be able to be in a profession where we are able to help make people’s lives better. Most of our clients have had traumatic accidents in their lives and we are able to help them rebuild their lives following their accident.  Often times, it is not just our clients that we are taking care of, it’s also their family.  A family can be hugely impacted by an injury and family members also need support and compensation.

This week Denis Alisic, one of our  Ottawa personal injury lawyers received this email:

“Thank you very much for advocating on my behalf. During the past 2 years I have come to appreciate your amazing work and what you and your colleagues do to help people during a very vulnerable time in their lives. “

GC, Ottawa

Here is another testimonial from a personal injury client:

“I would like to say thank you ! You have an incredible team of professionals working along your side who provided help, support and advised me when I needed it most.”

CC, Ottawa

We work tirelessly for our clients and we know the difference we can make in their lives.  It’s what motivates us to help in every way we can and fight for maximum compensation for our clients. We understand, we care, we’re here to help and our track record proves it.

David Hollingsworth and our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are here for you. We love to hear from you.  The feedback we receive motivates us to continue striving for the very best for the families we work with .

If we have helped you in the past, we would love to hear from you.  Please provide our Ottawa personal injury lawyers with feedback and help us serve the Ottawa community as best as possible. We would really appreciate it. Email or call us and we would love to chat.

 


How to help your teenager be a better driver and help reduce Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

Tips for teenage drivers

David Hollingsworth is a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa Ontario.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers and sadly are on the rise. We can’t have this . The Ottawa Sun published some tips for teenage drivers . The tips originally came from FORD and the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. This program is aimed at helping parents help new teenage drivers and helping them be safe drivers. Some of the best tips were as follows:

1.Focus on driving. Watch the road and keep your hands on the wheel.

2.Always use your seatbelts and make sure your passengers buckle up as well.

3. Obey speed limits. They are there for a reason.

4. Do not talk, text or use any non-hands free device while driving. That;s how people die.

5. Always allow enough room between you and the next vehicle.

6. Be aware of road hazards: animals, potholes and other drivers.

7. Obey all driving laws. This includes piling too many people in the car etc..

8. Never drink and drive. There is always a better, safer alternative. Find one !

All of these seem obvious, but please take a moment and review or have your teenager read them, AGAIN. It will never hurt.  We have to be able to empower our teenage drivers and make sure they have the tools they need to be out on the roads safely. Please, we owe it to them. As parents, we won’t always be in the car with our children. That is why it is imperative that we teach them and give them the tools to safely handle a vehicle. It might just be one of the most valuable lessons you ever taught your child.

For over a decade, we have been Ottawa injury lawyers helping Ontario accident victims and specializing in Ontario personal injury law and  insurance claims.

 


New Bauer hockey helmet aims to reduce head injuries and brain injuries, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth.

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth …Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of ice hockey equipment,  officially unveiled the Bauer Re-Akt helmet, the first hockey helmet designed to specifically manage the multiple type of hits in the game, including rotational-force impacts, which from what I understand, has been  proven to cause significant head injuries and brain injury.

 The Bauer Re-Akt  helmet features the Suspend-Tech liner, a unique  rotational impact protection system to protect the head from excessive rotational acceleration upon impact. The liner is made up of  Extreme Impact Protection, a super-light pliable material with the ability to dissipate extreme force on impact. The free-floating stretchable liner moves independently inside  the helmet, meaning better managing rotational forces.

The majority of approved hockey helmets are designed to address linear impacts; however, there has been a tremendous amount of research that indicates that the rotational force are a key contributor to a head injury .

Hockey is a very fast paced game, where there is a lot of contact. The ice is also an extremely hard surface and not one that would absorb the impact. Most impacts occur when a player is in motion,  trying to make a hit, or trying to avoid a hit.

It has taken more than 2 years for this helmet to come along. The helmet features specially designed pads placed strategically in areas of the helmet where players require the most protection.  Unlike other helmets in the market designed to manage only high-energy impacts, the Bauer’s new helmet is designed to manage the multiple types of hits in hockey

To date, close to 44% of all NHL players are wearing Bauer helmets. Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers,was one of the first players to wear new helmet leading up to the All-Star Game. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until most NHL players are looking for the extra protection.

Unfortunately, head injuries seem to be a part of hockey ( at least for now) .  All hockey players need to protect themselves as much as possible. No helmet is going to completely prevent all concussions or head injuries, but helmets with more protection are absolutely a step in the right direction.

Bauer’s new helmet will soon be available for at retail locations worldwide in May. For more information, visit Bauer’s website. Let’s hope we start to see an immediate decrease in sport related head injuries !

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer helping and 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 question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth: SABS Accident Benefits

Ottawa accident Benefits Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Accident Lawyers.

Who is entitled to Ontario Accident Benefits? Ontario Accident benefits are available to people suffering from personal injury in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario. Often after being discharged from an Ottawa rehabilitation centre, (The Ottawa Rehabilitation Centre, The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus or Elizabeth Bruyere, in Eastern Ontario) , people with personal injuries will  return to their homes only to find that their home needs modifications and their home  cannot accommodate them. The Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule (SABS) is available to motor vehicle (car accident, boating accident etc.. victims in Ontario to help with these modifications.

Accident Benefits Schedule: Typically,  Ontario car accident victims can receive accident benefits. Normally, these accident benefits are covered by the injured person’s own insurance company. However, accident benefits also provide coverage for people who do not have their own insurance. Typically, statutory accident benefits are there to replace lost wages, attendant care benefits, rehabilitation and medical benefits as well as wrongful death benefits.

Housing: The insurance company must pay the injured person for all reasonable and necessary home modifications and home devices, including communication aids. Ontario’s statutory accident benefits  permits an injured person to buy or renovate  a new home to meet his or her needs where that is the option that makes more sense than renovating an existing house. Having said that, the money alloted for the purchase of a home cannot be greater than the estimated cost of any renovations that would be needed to meet the injured victims needs.

The medical and rehabilitation benefits are supposed to pay for all reasonable and necessary expenses that arise because of the accident. Home modification comes under the medical / rehabilitation category.

After September 2010, this information will change.  For now, if the injured person did not suffer a “catastrophic impairment” as that is described in the Accident Benefit regime, the total amount of the medical / rehabilitation benefit is $100,000 and the benefits expire after 10 years from the date of the accident. If the injured person did suffer a “catastrophic impairment” the medical / rehabilitation benefit increases to $1 Million and last for the duration of the victim’s life.

Timelines: It is important you notify your insurance company that you have had an Ontario accident within 7 days of the Ontario accident, or as soon as possible, and you must complete your application for Accident Benefits within 30 days of the Ontario accident.

What is an assessment? The assessments give suggestions to assist a person who is injured how to live safely and comfortably in their home if possible. The assessment focuses on returning the person who is injured to a level of function that approaches his or her pre-accident state to the extent that that can be done safely.

People who suffer a catastrophic injury may also need additional assessments .  The assessments will result in a report. After the report is written, another form called a “OCF 18: Treatment Plan” will be submitted to the insurance company, outlining the proposed cost of the recommendations in the report. If the OCF 18 is approved, the work can begin.

Are home modifications limited to catastrophic injuries? Sometimes.  Where the injured person has suffered personal injury that cause impairment but are on the less serious end of the spectrum, and if the renovations are not going to be extensive, an occupational therapist can perform a home assessment.

An assessment of the activities of daily living of the injured person is included in a home assessment. This assessment looks at personal care, housekeeping, home maintenance and care giving tasks. The report written by the occupational therapist will outline a list of any assistive devices and changes required to the home. For example: a  railing, raising or lowering a bed or counter or adding hip-level storage in a kitchen.

If the recommended renovations included in the report are complete, it  is submitted to the insurance company together with a Treatment Plan costing the recommendations to the insurance company for approval. If a person has serious personal injury and needs significant home modifications like ramps, additions, elevators, walls moved, a home accessibility report is required. For more information regarding Ontario insurance claims, visit www.ottawainjury.ca .

 

 


Boating Accidents-Water Accidents: Ottawa, Ontario Accident Lawyers

Ottawa Boating Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth- Ottawa, Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers– It looks like it is going to be a gorgeous weekend out there in Ottawa and eastern Ontario. Please remember to ride and boat safely to avoid injury and harm!

A review of water accident statistics, can remind us all just how often aquatic accidents occur each year. In 2008, there were 4,789 accidents recorded on the water involving boats and jet (with personal watercraft accidents totaling at 23% of that figure). Furthermore, there were 45 deaths on jet skis (17 of which were drowning death’s). The best way to avoid these accidents is to prevent them from happening in the first place—and that involves attention to factors such as alcohol and drug use, excessive speeding and careless driving, and general reckless disregard for driving rules and environmental conditions.

Ontario boating or aquatic accidents can be very complicated. Who is at fault? Who was negligent? The injured victim can face a complex process involving trying to figure it out all. I recommend to all accident victims to first and foremost, treat their injuries as soon as possible. Check yourself into a hospital, and make sure you and your family are safe. Second, make sure to report the accident and to obtain an official accident report from qualified authorities regarding the details of the accident, such as what led to the accident, and so on. This is also where the services of a top Ottawa Personal Injury lawyer can be used to ensure that are on your way to full recovery, including not losing out on what you deserve financially and to cover your rehabilitation costs. Remember to save all medical records and other documentation to help your lawyer to measure your damages and argue your case and move your legal forward.

You are injured, you need help. While concentrating on your recovery, you need to seek the help of an Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyer. Since 1999, Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth has devoted his practice to representing individuals injured in eastern Ontario accidents, including victims of Ottawa boating accidents and jet ski accidents.

Knowing the facts regarding personal injury is helpful when determining whether or not to hire an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer.  Personal injury covers physical harm, such as broken bones, bruises, or any serious injury sustained in an accident. It also includes the emotional and psychological injury you experienced as a result of trauma sustained through a humiliating or life-threatening experience.

Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth handles all types of cases where you or a loved one has been injured or even killed due to an accident or the negligence of others. Let Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth help you rebuild your life after your accident. With your well-being and potential financial future at stake, you need one of the best Ottawa, Ontario personal injury lawyers.  Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for a free consultation.  David takes his cases on a contingency basis, which means he doesn’t get paid until you have been paid.

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