Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers David Hollingsworth
It looks to be a gorgeous day in Ottawa and I suspect many people will be getting their bicycles out for the first time this year. Cycling is an amazing activity. Sadly, it is not an activity without it’s risks. There are many things drivers and cyclists can do to help reduce the likelihood of a cycling accident. There are also a number of laws in Ottawa surrounding cycling and cycling safety.
For example, did you know that in certain circumstances a bicycle is considered to be a vehicle and that any collisions must be reported to Ottawa police if injuries or damages are in excess of $1,000 ? It’s important to treat a cycling accident like you would a motor vehicle accident. Gather all the information such as names, phone numbers, witnesses, insurance information, policy numbers etc. As soon as possible, write out your account of what happened in the accident and keep this information in a safe place. Cyclists who are hit by a motor vehicle are entitled to compensation through the driver’s insurance company and Ontario accident benefits.
The Ontario Highway Traffic Act is also quite specific when it comes to bicycles. If it’s a 1/2 hour before sunset or 1/2 hour after sunrise, or anytime there is reduced visibility. By law, every bicycle must be fully equipped with…
- A working bell or horn (A fine of $85 can be issued if you are cycling without a working bell or horn)
- A working braking system on the rear wheel (A fine of $85 can be issued if you are cycling without a proper working braking system)
- A front light (white) (A fine of $20 can be issued if you are cycling without lights)
- A rear light (red) or red rear reflector
- 2 pieces of white reflective tape on front forks
- 2 pieces of red reflective tape on rear forks
In Ottawa, bicycle helmets must be worn by all cyclists under 16 years of age. A fine of $60.00 can be issued for not wearing a helmet. All helmets must be CSA or CPSC certified. All helmets need to fit properly and close to the head and all bicycle helmet straps need to fit properly under the ears.
A few basic pathway rules are…
- Cycle on the right of the yellow centre line
- Be cautious when passing others
- Always use a bell/voice/horn when passing others
- Whenever possible use hand turn signals
- Cycle at a reasonable speed
- Exercise caution while cycling in the evening. Slow down, wear bright colored clothes and turn on all bicycle lights
Cyclists who do not yield or stop for pedestrians at crosswalks are subject to a $85.00 fine.
Cyclists who do not walk their bikes at crosswalks are subject to $85.00
The following are not considered to be bicycles and therefore have different laws :
- Limited speed motorcycles
- Motor assisted bicycles
- Segway Transporters
- Low speed vehicles
- Motorized scooters
- Pocket bikes
Please enjoy your day out on your bicycles and ride safely. Sadly, I meet too regularly with Ottawa bicycle accident victims who have bit hit, doored or suffered serious personal injuries as a result of a cycling accident. Both drivers and cyclists have their role in helping reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents. Let’s work together on this Ottawa !
Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.. I recently found a great website : Citizens for Safe Cycling . It’s a website dedicated to Ottawa cyclists. It is filled with all sorts of information that relate to Ottawa bicycle safety, events for Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling news and projects. One of the articles on the site dealt with cyclists getting “doored”. The following are tips I found on this site for both Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cyclists on avoiding a cycling accident.
One of the safest ways to avoid an accident is to ride your bicycle at least one metre away from other vehicles. That is the best way to prevent getting injured by having a door open in your face. A car door can spring open in a second. If a cyclist is passing by at that very moment, it’s almost impossible avoiding being hit by the door, resulting in you. This type of bicycle accident is far to common in Ottawa and a major cause of downtown cycling accidents. These cycling accidents can be avoided.
Ottawa drivers and Ottawa cycling accidents:
Everyone is responsible on the road. As a driver, you are responsible for checking for oncoming traffic. This includes cyclists. They are much smaller than a car and therefore harder to see; however, before opening your car door, you must thoroughly check for any oncoming traffic. If you fail to do so and it results in an accident, you will be charged under section 165 of the Highway Traffic Act.
Ottawa cyclists and Ottawa cycling accidents:
The best way to avoid a cycling accident is to remain out of the door zone which about one metre away from a car. Also cyclist should avoid passing on the right if there’s not enough space to pass. Cyclist should always use extra space in the lane in order to stay away from the cars, even if it means that you hold up traffic or force them to pass you outside of the lane. If you need to move left to do this, remember to always signal and shoulder check first.
It’s practically impossible for cyclists to see ahead of time whether a vehicle door is going to open. Tinted windows and high headrests make it extremely difficult to see from behind if a car is occupied, and a door could fly open at any given moment.
Cycling is such a great activity and means of transportation around Ottawa. Let’s all work to gether to reduce the number of Ottawa cycling accidents and deaths related to cycling accidents this spring and summer. Happy and safe cycling Ottawa !
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.