Are you part of the Ottawa community? What you can do to reduce the number of Ottawa accidents each year. Lawyer David Hollingsworth asks for your help.

Accidents at Schools

I am once again asking all drivers to think about their driving and the decisions they make behind the wheel each day. I am thrilled to share with you that the Ottawa Police are focusing on school bus and school zone safety this month in the Ottawa area. Over the last few years, 9 people suffered personal injury in 41  schools zone accidents.  These accidents were avoidable.

Another area of focus this month for Ottawa drivers will be to reduce the number of drivers making unsafe lane changes. There have been over 5500 Ottawa accidents in the last few years that were caused by unsafe lane changes. These Ottawa accidents resulted in 4 deaths and over 600 people suffering personal injuries.  Again, these are accidents that can be avoided ! Ottawa police are working hard at lowering accidents in Ottawa with the end goal of  preventing or eliminating deaths and serious personal injuries. As an Ottawa community, we all have our part in reducing the number of Ottawa accidents each year, especially school accidents. Let’s all work together.

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have helped many people work through their options following an accident on school property or on a school bus. Sadly, accidents at schools happen regularly and children suffer serious injuries.  You owe it to yourself and especially your child to meet with one of our personal injury lawyers experienced in child injury. We can sit down and walk you through your options free of charge so that you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed with a child injury on school property. Our personal injury lawyers can also help you meet with some of the top medical professionals in the Ottawa area when it comes to child injuries.  Let us get your child maximum compensation and let yourself focus on your child.


Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Important timelines when filing an insurance claim after an accident.

Accident and Insurance Timelines

Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth. Anyone can get hurt in an accident at any given moment. It happens so quickly and the after effects can be devastating. In Ontario, there are certain timelines that need to be adhered to make an insurance claim as easy as possible, following an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, these timelines need to be adhered to as best as possible.

First and foremost, if needed seek medical attention immediately and ensure that your health needs are being met.

Within 7 days of your accident, it is crucial…
That you or a loved one notifies your insurance company of  the accident.

Within 30 Days of your accident, it is crucial…
That you make an application for accident benefits.

Within 2 Years of your accident, it is crucial…
Your personal injury lawyer files a tort claim against the party who is at fault for the accident. This in turn, makes a claim against the insurer if you are denied accident benefits from your own insurance company.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I know that the days immediately following an accident, it is difficult to start making claims and filling out applications.  That is why it is best to contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and let them do this for you.Your job is to recover .  Their job is to help you.  I can’t tell you how much stress is immediately relieved when I tell my clients in the initial meeting. “Don’t worry, we can take care of this for you.” I can immediately see it in my clients faces and bodies.

There are certain exceptions to these timelines; however they are rare.  If you happen to fall into this category, it is best you consult with a personal injury lawyer and let them look into it for you.

For more information visit www.ottawainjury.ca

 


Ottawa accidents: Where to avoid. Ottawa’s busiest accident intersections.

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 .

 


Ottawa Ontario Winter Weather, Increasing the Risk of Ottawa Car Accidents and Personal Injuries, Ottawa Personal Injury Law Firm

Ottawa injury lawyers discuss winter accidents and driving safety

winteraccidents

Our Ottawa Winter is showing no signs of leaving.  In fact, I think it is just revving up. Unfortunately, bad winter weather often results in bad winter car accidents, and slip and fall accidents.  Ottawa and Ontario drivers need to take extra care, to drive slower, and be on high alert. Inevitably, accidents will happen, despite driver’s efforts to be safe.  It’s important for you to know that if you should be unfortunate enough to become involved in an Ontario car accident, you need to be aware of the law, your obligations and your rights. This is where experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers are invaluable.

What to do if you’ve been in an Ottawa car accident

First and foremost, if you are involved in an Ottawa motor-vehicle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention. Your health is the number one priority and you should take care of yourself and your passengers. As a close second to immediate medical attention is your need to preserve evidence and to protect your interests from being lost. This involves getting the full and accurate insurance information and coordinates of the person who has become involved in the collision with your vehicle. Collect any witnesses’ information if they are available, such as their name, email, phone number, and address. I always recommend keeping a disposal camera in your car, to snap some quick pictures if you can. Your phone will usually have a camera, which will also suffice. Finally, get a police report from the attending officer or the nearest police station.

These measures will help to protect your interests, because when it comes time to consult with a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer, you will have the materials you need to start your case. For the majority of drivers, accidents are rare. Often a victim of personal injury collects all the right information but still fails to realize or understand their rights and/or liabilities. Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help in this regard. Ontario personal injury lawyers keep abreast of all the changes in insurance policies and Ontario personal injury law.  It is their job to keep informed of the latest information that relates to Ontario personal injury and use that information to best help you with your personal injury needs.

In summary, there are steps you must taken immediately after your Ottawa Ontario Motor-vehicle injury: (1) Seek immediate medical attention to ensure that you are physical, mentally, and in every way getting the medical and rehabilitative help you need (2) At the scene, strive to stay relaxed in order to remember to go through the motions, such as getting the information of the other driver (3) Contact your Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer to ensure that you do not lose out on what you may rightfully deserve by safeguarding and protecting your valuable interests.

 


Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer -Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth understands that an Ontario personal injury lawsuit can be intimidating and sometimes overwhelming .  It’s hard to know where to start and that’s where the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers come in.  At www.ottawainjury.ca, we understand, we care and we’re there to help.  David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team are dedicated to alleviating your stress, by representing you and allowing you to focus on your recovery. David Hollingsworth has been specializing in Ottawa personal injury since 1999 and has earned the reputation as an honest, dedicated, hard working Ottawa personal injury lawyers.

Where an Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer can help…

Most Ontario accident victims are unaware of their rights and settle with the insurance company and  take what is offered to them without any knowedge of their future medical expenditures or losses. Unfortunately, often times the insurance company is looking for the cheapest way to settle a case and not looking out for the best interest of the Ontario accident victim and their family. Often times the  illness or effects arising from a personal injury accident  are not known until long after the Ontario accident has occurred. Without the help of an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer,  such as David Hollingsworth, Ontario accident victims  often struggle to obtain enough compensation to take them throughout their lives.

An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you determine what you may be entitled to. As one of the top Ottawa personal injury lawyers, David is able to refer to cases similar to the accident victims and determine  the realistic maximum amount to fight for.  Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can also help order medical reports, set up specialists visits and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

The extent of your personal injury varies from a car accident, a bicycle accident, a pedestrian accident, slip and trip fall accident, snowmobile accident , sexual abuse, or any kind of accident that causes you serious personal injury. A highly experienced Ottawa personal  injury lawyer will be the one to help you receive the compensation and support you need and are entitled to.  You pay your monthly insurance premiums for a reason ..you need compensation and are entitled to it!

David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer specializing in helping Ontario accidents victims get the help they need. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information or call 613 978-9549.


Ottawa accidents and black ice. Lawyer- avoiding personal injury.

The dangers of black ice

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I have a large number of my car accident victims come to me and describe their Ottawa car accident or Ontario car accident. In the last month, there have been an incredible number of Ottawa car accidents due the ice conditions here in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario. I want to remind everyone the dangers of icy roads and black ice while driving and hopefully avoid any further Ottawa accidents and Ontario accidents as well as reduce the number of Ottawa accidents and Ontario accidents resulting in personal injury. When Ontario roads are slick with ice, please be extra cautious to avoid car accidents and personal injury.  Unfortunately black ice is very difficult to see and can result in serious personal injury or  even death due to a car accident.”

What to do when you hit black ice

When people can’t see the ice, they think it’s not there…but IT CAN BE !!! “Most accident victims don’t notice the ice on the road until it is too late,” says Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. “You have to automatically assume that if there is a chill in the air, there will likely be ice, SO please… slow down and avoid a car accident.” I know a lot of this seems obvious and maybe even repetitive.  It never hurts to remind everyone to slow it down because goodness knows we are all always rushing around from one thing to the next…

Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been on Ottawa personal injury lawyer, specializing in Ottawa accidents and Ontario accidents. David’s personal injury practice focuses on Ottawa and Ontario accident victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents resulting in personal injury, Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ontario Sexual Assault Claims, Ottawa, Ontario Serious Injury Law Suits, and other Civil Litigation matters. Ottawa and Ontario – Free Consultations. For more information, call 613 978-9549 or 613 237-4922 ext 203


Avoiding Ottawa Accidents by removing snow. Lawyer David Hollingsworth explains.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth gives some advice on how to avoid a personal injury.

Now that the snow in Ottawa, Ontario is here, motorists are digging their cars out of snow banks, ditches and even their own driveways. It’s important that you take care in doing so.

The following tips can help keep you safe and avoid an accident and more importantly a personal injury:

-Dig your tail pipe out as you don’t want to be overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to extricate your car while its exhaust system is clogged. It is devastating how many people die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have passengers waiting in your car as you are clearing it off, ensure the tail pipe is free and clar of snow.

-Clear the snow away from the top of your car, windshield and rear view mirrors. Snow on your mirrors and wind shield will prevent visibility, but snow slipping from the top of your car while your are driving can also prevent visibility and be the cause of an accident. You don’t want to be driving and have a huge chunk of ice fly into your windshill. Neither do others.

-Wear bright clothing, put up a road flair and use flashlights while digging your car out on a roadside in the evening or after dark. You don’t want to become a pedestrian accident.

-Take breaks while doing the digging so you don’t get a back injury or worse yet, over strain your heart.

These are just some safety tips to help you stay safe. Winter driving offers up a whole new set of challenges. You reduce your chances of being involved in an accident if you take the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road. For more information on Ottawa accidents, prevention and personal injury visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549. Take care and be safe out there, David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer