Ottawa cycling- How to avoid a child bicyle accident – Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth www.ottawainjury.ca  Hopefully that gorgeous warm Ottawa weather we had last week will be back very soon.  When the warm weather comes back so will the many children on their bicycles.  It’s important to remember that these little ones haven’t formally been taught the “rules of the road”.  I have a few reminders here for you to read and discuss with your child.  I also wanted to remind us all to slow down when approaching these little guys on back.  some of them are just learning to drive a bicycle and could veer off the sidewalk at any time.  Some cyclists are also just learning the rules when it comes to sharing the road.  Please be patient and extra cautious…Enjoy this upcoming spring Ottawa !

Child Cycling Safety :

Always obey all street signs and signals.

-Always walk your bicycle while crossing the street.
-Cross the street at the corners only
 -Do not drive a bicycle after dark or in dangerous weather.
-Check carefully..STOP and look to the left, to the right and then the left again before entering traffic
-Use the right-hand side of the road, and ride in the same direction as traffic. don’t double up with your friend. —Ride your bicycle single file.
-Use bicycle safety hand signals.

-Always wear bright coloured clothing and reflective clothing and accessories so cars can see you.
-Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits well.

Most of all use common safe and cycle safely !

—-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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Ottawa cyclists deserve cycling safety, Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer David Hollingsworth,

Cycling Accidents in Ontario

Listen up Ottawa. Over 200 Ottawa cyclists took to the streets and they went with a mission:cycling safety deserves our attention. “The message has to be a level of respect and polite sharing of the ,” quoted Eleanor McMahon. Sadly, McMahon lost her husband to a cycling accident 4 years ago. He served and protected as a Ontario police officer, now she is  protecting his legacy through the “share the road” riding event. I couldn’t agree more with Mrs. McMahon. The number of Ottawa cycling accidents each year is terrible and it’s avoidable.  We need change from both cyclists and drivers to ensure a safer cycling culture here in Ottawa.

This movement has a goal of  ensuring no further lives are lost because of a bicycle accident. 2 weeks ago, a 53-year-old cyclist died on Boyce Street in Ottawa’s west end. The loss was felt by Ottawa’s strong cycling community. It was also not that  long ago that Ottawa was devastated by the bizarre Ottawa cycling accident that injured 5 cyclists.  Cathy Anderson was there and said “It raises a lot of emotions in me because we are still going through rehabilitation,” Thankfully, Cathy was one of 5 cyclists who survived  the tragic bicycle accident in Kanata last July.  Public education and determination are whats needed to ring about change . Change will bring safety.  One of the goals of raising enough money to put together a plan to approach our government. The end goal for cycling safety would be a new law in Ontario that allows for a one-metre rule between a cyclist and a vehicle.

Common cycling accident injuries

Ottawa bicycle accident

Our lawyers travel to you and will ensure you are well taken care of following an Ottawa bicycle accident.

The following are some common types of collisions that a cyclist may suffer personal injury in:

  • A driver making a direct turn in a cyclist’s lane;
  • A driver entering a street from a driveway, alley or lot and pulls into traffic in front of the cyclist;
  • A driver who doesn’t yield at an intersection;
  • A driver who runs a stop sign or runs red light;
  • A distracted driver;
  • A driver who doesn’t shoulder check or use mirrors;
  • A driver who is under the influence of a substance that can affect judgement and reaction times.

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer

There is very little protection for a cyclist involved in a bicycle accident and bicycle injuries can be very severe, ranging from orthopedic injuries to severe brain injuries and paraplegia. If you have been involved in a bicycle or cycling accident, you may need the help of  an experienced bicycle accident lawyer.  David Hollingsworth is an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer who can help guide you through the process and make sure you are financially covered in the future. Free consultations www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549


Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer – Ontario cycling accident benefits and compensation

Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth, Ontario Bicycle Accident Lawyers-

Spring has sprung and the bicycles are out! I will admit my heart skips a beat every time my 4-year-old daughter clicks on her helmet and takes her Dora bike out. Riding a bicycle on the road can be dangerous and bicycle accidents can have lifelong implications, including ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, loss of income and the prospect of devastating effects on your family. Bicycle accidents and personal injury can be the result of a negligent driver. Drivers do not always think the person on the bicycle has the same rights, as does a car or motor vehicle.

Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer

Ottawa bicycle accidents can be especially injurious to the bicyclist because he or she has nothing to protect them from a high-speed impact with another vehicle and ultimately, the hard-pavement. Many Ontario bicycle accidents end in tragedy, which includes brain injury, head injury, burns and cuts, spinal injury, broken bones, fractures, and death. I recommend to all bicyclists to always wear a helmet to protect the sensitive brain against head and brain injuries, and to wear protective clothing with reflective qualities—essential for night-time cycling. The reflective gear acts to protect the cyclist by warning drivers in advance of his or her presence. The #1 goal of bicycle safety is to avoid getting hit by a car. Always practice safe cycling by using your hand signals, and riding in designated areas.

Cycling accident compensation

In Ottawa Ontario, every cyclist has a right and entitlement to compensation when a driver is negligent and causes an accident that results in their personal injury.
 Ottawa bicycle 
victims who suffer serious personal injury in Ottawa bicycle accidents and Ontario bicycle accidents need to protect their rights to compensation with the help of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer or Ontario personal injury lawyer that understands the laws regarding bicycle accidents in Ontario, specializes in personal injury and driver negligence and can help you get back to your life as best possible.

If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and suffered a serious personal injury, you are likely entitled to serious compensation. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa, Ontario personal injury team have been helping Ottawa and Ontario accident victims get maximum compensation for their Ontario personal injury since 1999.  David offers free consultations and takes cases on a contingency basis, which means no money upfront and he gets paid after you get paid.  Contact David directly at www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613-978-9549.