Congratulations Ottawa ! Yesterday’s snowstorm resulted in 95 accidents, none with serious injuries .

Ottawa Snow Storm

Well done Ottawa.  We survived what seemed to be an incredible amount of snow fall yesterday.  It was recorded that we received close to 15 centimeters but it did feel like much more.  In Ottawa/Gatineau there were a reported 95 car accidents. Ottawa paramedics responded to 26 accident related calls but thankfully no serious injuries were reported.  I say well done. While it would have been great to avoid all accidents, in weather like yesterday’s, it is bound to happen. The fact that there were no serious injuries tells me that Ottawa drivers are driving more cautiously and adjusting their driving to the conditions of the roads . Well done Ottawa. (Maybe you all read my earlier post on safe driving in winter weather ) All kidding aside, I think this is great.

Continue to use your best driving skills as we aren’t out of the woods yet.  Ottawa roads are covered in snow and may make for challenging driving conditions. Most of all ensure you have enough space between you and the driver in front of you. Slow down and eyes on the road at all times !

Safe travels home ..and if you are like me, safe travels to your kids extra-curricular activities once you get home !

 


Accident Clarence-Rockland garage results in tragic death of 18 month toddler.

Wrongful Death Accident

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A tragic accident has resulted in the wrongful death of an 18 month toddler. It was reported that the toddler was struck yesterday  by a vehicle inside a Clarence-Rockland garage. The young girl was rushed to Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario ( CHEO ) but tragically died as a result of her injuries.  The details leading up to the wrongful death accident are still unclear and the OPP are investigating.  My thoughts and sympathy go out to this grieving family and I am so sorry for their loss.  What a terrible accident.

No one can turn back the clock and make this tragic accident go away.  The only thing now left to do is support this family. Our personal injury lawyers are able to support by helping families access compensation through their insurance policies at a time when they need it most.  Our lawyers take this over and allow families to grieve and rebuild together.

Some of the supports and compensation we can help grieving families receive are:

-counselling

-child care and housekeeping expenses

-loss of care, guidance and companionship compensation

-loss of financial support to surviving family members

-funeral and other expenses associated with a funeral

We understand that losing a loved one will take time and you will probably never feel the same again. We understand this and want you to know it’s normal.  We sit regularly with clients who simply want to talk and we are here to listen. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions from sadness to anger.  We can help you with this by listening to you and referring you to some of the top medical specialists in Ottawa that focus on losing a loved one.  These services can also be covered through your insurance and we can organise this for you by making arrangements and filling out all the required forms and paperwork.  You’ve been through enough, let us help.

 


Ottawa accident Rushmore and Eagleson results in wrongful death

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa Ontario…Sadly, one woman died , following an Ottawa accident near the intersection of Rushmore and Eagleson. Ottawa  firefighters helped remove the trapped 37 year old woman from the accident scene, where she suffered a critical head injury and lost vital signs en route to the hospital,  where she was pronounced dead. My thoughts go out to her family and friends at this terribly difficult time. 

—-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. 

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Ottawa Police aiming to reduce personal injuries by focussing on unsafe lane changes

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Ottawa Police and the City of Ottawa’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) are targetting  Ottawa motorists performing  unsafe lane changes and those who inappropriately use reserved lanes to help keep Ottawa’s roads safe. This will be the focus for April.

Ottawa Accidents and Unsafe Lane changes

Unsafe lane changes caused 1,130  accidents  reported in 2010, resulting in one wrongful death and 111 personal injuries. 

Ottawa Accidents and Ottawa Drivers Driving in Reserved Lanes

In 2010, Ottawa motorists traveling in the reserved transit lanes caused 27 accidents which resulted  in  personal injuries. 

The  Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department.  They are all dedicated to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious personal injuries for all Ottawa people , through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment. 

I commend them on their efforts and support these amazing initiatives.  Let’s all do whatever we can to help reduce the number of Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

—-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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Avoiding Catastrophic Injury and Accidents: Dangers of drowsy driving. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A startling new survey revealed that nearly a third of drivers  in the last month had driven a vehicle when they were tired and they had difficulty keeping their eyes open. The survey was commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the road.” Although 32 % of the survey participants admitted to drowsy driving, 96 % of those same drivers said drowsy driving is unacceptable behaviour. What’s even more frightening is that  41 % admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study last year that revealed that 1/6 deadly fatal accidents and 1/8 accidents causing serious injury involved a drowsy driver. This clearly indicates a need to educate drivers about the dangers of drowsy driving.  It may seem basic and simple, yet the numbers indicate it is not.

Tips from the AAA  to help tired drivers avoid an accident:

  • Get plenty of sleep (at least 7 hours) the night before a long trip
  • Stop driving when are starting to feel sleepy; someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time – fatigue impacts reaction time, judgment and vision, causing people who are very sleepy to behave in similar ways to those who are drunk
  • Travel at times when you are normally awake, and stay overnight rather than driving straight through
  • Take a break every two hours or every 100 miles
  • Drink a caffeinated beverage. Since it takes about 30 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, find a safe place to take a 20‐30 minute nap while you’re waiting for the caffeine to take effect if need be
  • Travel with an awake passenger
  • Please, drive safely out there !!

    ———————- 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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    Slip and fall accidents lawyers Ottawa

    Ottawa Slip and Fall Accidents Lawyer David Hollingsworth…It’s really snowing out here today Ottawa…Watch where you step and walk !

    Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares his recommendations for the winter season and slip and fall injuries.

    It’s really snowing here in today Ottawa! Please ensure to watch your step! Many often forget to fully consider the potential for personal injury and the associated ramifications of pain and suffering. Even a minor slip can lead you to much stress and tension on you and your loved ones. A slip and fall injury can result in massive medical bills, loss of work, lost wages and more. If a slip and fall injury happens to you, an Ottawa personal injury lawyer can explain to you what your rights are and make sure your interests are protected.

    How to Protect Yourself and Your Family:

    I deal with a tremendous number and variety of slip and fall accidents on a regular basis each year. Such injuries can happen at any time of the year, and in any location or setting. However, there are certain conditions that render the possibility of injury more likely, so please on to learn how to protect you and your family from the prospect of injury, and to learn what to do in the event that you have been hurt by a slip and fall injury.

    Scenario:

    There are certain circumstances where the city will be responsible for your injury. For example, imagine you are walking down the street at night. As you try to cross the street, you approach an open man-hole (the city has neglected to put the cover back after working on the sewer system earlier in the evening). Naturally given the lack of light, you do not see the open manhole and fall right through, experiencing broken bones, fractures, and lacerations. Perhaps your injuries are more psychological in nature because you are trapped in the manhole for several hours screaming for help.

    Who is Responsible?

    The city would be responsible (through the action of one of it’s employees) for their negligence and your injuries. There are many other instances where slip and fall injuries could occur, such as (1)wood  flooring/carpeting in poor repair (2) parking lot surfaces in poor repair (3) ice and snow buildup (4) elevators/escalators/stairways (5) areas with poor lighting, (6) and so on.

    Your Compensation:

    Depending on the circumstances of injury, your recovery could include compensation to help with stress and tension, medical bills, lost wages, and so on. A good Ottawa personal injury lawyer can give you an idea of what you may be entitled to. Business and property owners have a legal responsibility to ensure that people on their establishment or property are safe and not at risk of suffering an injury. If an accident has happened to you, it may be due to the negligence of a property owner who has failed to act according to their due diligence responsibilities to keep you and your family and loved ones safe.

    If your slip and fall accident happened in the Ottawa or the Eastern Ontario area because a property owner failed to keep you safe, David Hollingsworth and this team of Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help you recover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and awards for pain and suffering. With his knowledge and extensive experience, he is the Ottawa personal injury lawyer that can help get the maximum possible awards for slip and fall injury victims and help them recover as best as possible.
Visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549 for more information.