Reduction in Ottawa accidents and the elimination of dangerous driving
Did you know that texting while driving increases your chances by more than 20 times to become involved in an accident ? The Ontario Provincial Police announced that although people who know how dangerous texting and driving is, drivers are continuing to text and drive. Sarah Anderson, of CFRA reported that the OPP have launched a new campaign “Put Down the Phone and Leave it Alone” in an effort to educate people on the serious dangers of texting , talking and driving. One way they plan to hit home the message is to share stories publicly. They are hoping that people will read true stories of people who have died from texting and driving or talking and driving and think twice about doing it themselves. For example, recently a family released the final text their son wrote, which wasn’t completely finished, as he died while texting it. He was distracted and drove into oncoming traffic.
The OPP have set up a Facebook page for such stories. They are encouraging people to contribute stories of near-misses, accidents and dangerous distracted driving. The goal is to have people rethink their own driving safety habits.
So far, there has been input from the public. People are writing in stories that need to be shared. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I sadly meet with families who have lost loved ones as a result of distracted driving. These are senseless accidents and can absolutely be avoided. We worry so much about new teenage drivers, it is important to note that if you have children in the car, you must lead by example. Your children will watch what you are doing, If they learn from you that it is ok to text and drive occasionally, guess what ? They will text and drive. Talk to your children and highlight the fact that you can’t answer your emails or text, as you are driving and driving and texting is not an option. Please, please put your devices far away from the wheel. This will avoid any temptation you may have . If it’s far enough away, you can’t grab it.
Texting and driving has become a serious problem and we must put an end to it. Regardless of how many years you have been driving you cannot text and drive. It takes a split second for an accident to happen. That accident could kill you, your family or someone else. If you don’t believe me, call me and I can share some very sad stories with you.
Let’s all work together to eliminate dangerous driving. It can be done. All we have to do is change our mindsets and our habits. Drive safely !
Ottawa accident and distracted driving
For everyone’s safety, the OPP-Ontario Ontario Provincial Police are about to begin a distracted driving campaign next week. This is not the first distracted driving campaign in the Ottawa area. Ontario Police often target distracted drivers and you wouldn’t believe the number of infractions that occur in just a one weekend blitz campaign. I support these campaigns fully. As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I read police accident reports daily and the number of Ottawa area accidents caused by distracted driving is astonishing. What bothers me most, is that these accidents are avoidable. I’m not saying I don’t understand how it happens. I too have children that suddenly start fighting in the back seat and before I know it, my attention has been diverted from the road to them. It happens. That is why reminders such as this post are so useful. My goal is to have us all tuck this post in the back of our minds and hopefully the next time a situation arises when we are driving, we will remember.
Ontario Police are not only focusing on distracted drivers, they are also asking drivers to leave any handheld devices out of reach while driving. Yes, put your phone away. Don’t even have it out. Leave your phone in your purse , or even the back of the car. If it’s too close, the fear is that you might be tempted to check that text that just came in etc.. We can’t have that ! Ontario Police are also asking that passengers to speak to their drivers if they are driving distracted. While this may be uncomfortable, it is life saving ! This is particularly important if you have teenagers or children in the car. Please do not set a bad example.
As I mentioned earlier, distracted is not limited to texting or talking on the phone. Although texting is the most dangerous, there are other obstacles that can divert your attention while driving. The most common are:
watching other drivers,
focussing on kids in the backseat ,
looking in the mirror,
or personal grooming.
Please tuck this information away and hopefully we can all work together to reduce Ottawa accidents and keep our roads safe. Drive safely and have a great day.
David Hollingsworth has been a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer for close to 15 years. David works with an incredible team of highly skilled injury lawyers, Ontario accident benefits specialists and personal injury law clerks .
Cycling Safety Tips
I was out visiting a client in Rockland today and as I was driving around Rockland, I couldn’t help but notice how many people were out on their bicycles . That’s great for so, so many reasons. We are all excited for spring to arrive and with spring comes more pedestrians, cyclist, motorcycles, ATV etc. I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone of a few things you can do to help keep yourself and your children safe.
The Ottawa Police have a great website that offers the following bicycle accident safety tips:
-Make sure your helmet is on and fits properly.
-Your bicycle helmet should be snug and not move around.
-Your bicycle helmet should sit two finger-widths above your brows.
-The straps of your helmet should form a V below and around both ears.
-You should not be able to get more than 2 fingers between the chin strap and your chin.
-Ottawa and Ontario cyclists must wear a helmet by law if they are under 18 years of age.
-Do not wear a hat under a helmet. This is not safe.
-Helmets only reduce personal injuries, they do not prevent accidents from happening.
-Do not use a helmet that has already been in an accident.
-All bicycle helmets need to be CSA, CPSC, Snell B-95, or a N-94 certification sticker.
-Remember that motorists and cyclists share the roadways.
-Cyclists must also follow the rules of the road. The Ontario Highway Traffic Act, the Ottawa Traffic and Ottawa Parking Bylaw state that cyclists:
-Stop at all stop signs and stop at red lights
– Properly signal any changes in lanes.
-Ottawa cyclists must remain on the right side of the road
-Do not ride your bicycle on sidewalks.
-Have a bell, gong, or horn on your bicycle.
-If you are riding at night, make sure your bicycle is well lit.
Please be safe out there. Ottawa has had far too many tragic bicycle accidents and cyclists injured and we all need to obey the rules of the road. Have a great and happy spring on your bicycle Ottawa !
Have you been injured in an Ottawa bicycle accident? You need to know this..
If you are a cyclist and become injured as the result of a bicycle accident, you are entitled to accident benefits from the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you or your own insurance company f you have one. If you have any questions that relate to the rights of cyclists and compensation , please do not hesitate to contact any of our Ottawa bicycle accident lawyers. We offer free consultations and can travel to you.
Listen up Ottawa, we are going to get it soon..it is coming..maybe not for another month or two…hopefully even three, but it is coming !!
We all know that Ontario winters are challenging for motorists and safety needs to be a top priority. Every effort is made to make Ontario highways safe and to provide efficient winter maintenance service for the public. Ottawa winter weather conditions are unpredictable, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Ensure you are well prepared for winter roads and always adjust your driving speed to existing conditions.
Stay alert, slow down, and stay in control — the three key elements of safe winter driving. Drive according to highway and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid situations where you may have to brake suddenly on a slippery surface.
Be Prepared — Is your vehicle ready to avoid a car accident?
Get your vehicle winter-ready with a maintenance check-up. Don’t wait for winter to have your battery, belts, hoses, radiator, oil, lights, brakes, tires, exhaust system, heater/defroster, wipers, and ignition system checked.
Make sure your vehicle is mechanically ready for the rigours of winter. Keep your fuel tank sufficiently full — at least half a tank is recommended.
Make sure you have sufficient windshield washer fluid in the reservoir that is rated a minimum of -40°C temperature range. Keep an extra jug in the vehicle.
Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors, and the roof. After starting your vehicle, wait for the fog to clear from the interior of the windows so you will have good visibility all around.
Have your tires checked or replaced before winter begins. Remember to check tire air pressure frequently, as it decreases in cold weather.
The condition of your vehicle’s tires is important. Worn or damaged tires can hamper your ability to drive safely. For safety reasons, drivers are urged to replace their tires when the tread depth reaches 3mm, rather than wait until the tread no longer meets the legal 1.5mm requirement. Alternately, you can also check the manufacturer’s wear indicator mark on your tires to see if they need replacing. All tires have tread wear indicators, which are small bars of rubber found between the tread blocks of a tire. When the tread is worn flush with the tread wear indicators, the tire has reached its wear limit and must be replaced as it no longer provides sufficient traction in the rain or snow.
While regular or “all-season” tires, including wide and high-performance tires, may be adequate in some areas, they may not be suitable for driving in the snowbelt regions of southern Ontario and throughout the north. If you live and drive in these areas, consider using winter tires. They improve driving safety by providing better traction, braking and handling during frost, snow, slush, and particularly under icy conditions. Installing four winter tires provides greater control and stability. Never mix tires of different tread, size and construction. Also, consider adding traction control and stability control options when purchasing your next vehicle.
**Source: Western Canada Tire Dealers
Avoid accidents and stay safe out on our Ottawa roads ! I learn of so many accidents daily through my clients. It is important for us all to stop and do everything we can to keep ourselves and our families safe. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca
Chances are unless you’ve been in an Ontario car accident , you do not know and may never need to know what accident benefits are. Did you know that you’re entitled to benefits regardless of who caused the car accident? Are you aware of all your accident benefit entitlements? If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, it’s important to know and protect your rights.
How can a personal injury lawyer help with accident benefits?
In Ontario, victims of motor vehicle accidents can obtain accident benefits through their own Ontario insurance company. Ontario law states that an accident victim needs to file an Application for Accident Benefits within 30 days of the Ontario car accident. Once the claim has been filed, there are several steps that need to be followed in order to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to. The process is complicated and stressful and unfortunately it comes at the worst time in your life; after an accident. You are suffering from your injuries and are faced with some complicated paperwork. A good Ontario personal injury lawyer can help you right from the start by helping you navigate the complicated and arduous process of filing an Ontario Accident Benefits claim and ensure you are properly covered and compensated for moving forward. Good personal injury lawyers will facilitate the process from start to finish and work with your Ontario insurance company to ensure your rights are protected. You could be entitled to Income Replacement Benefits, Housekeeping, Attendant Care Benefits, Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits, and possible more.
David Hollingsworth has a team in place that help his clients solely with their accident benefits applications. He and his team immediately put accident victims at ease by removing a huge and stressful burden allowing them to focus on what they should be focussing on; themselves, their recovery and their family. If you have suffered from an Ontario car accident, call David for a free consultation and an explanation of the Accident Benefits system, even if you’ve already submitted the Application for Accident Benefits; he would be happy to discuss your ongoing claim with you and share his insights with Ontario personal injury law and accident benefits compensation.
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Ottawa Accident Lawyers – Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer –
Here are the most recent satistics I could find. To all the Ottawa, Ontario drivers out there, drive safely but be extra cautious at these intersections:
David Hollingsworth, Car Accident Lawyer in Ottawa and the top 10 Ottawa Car Accident Collision Locations:
West Hunt Club Road and Woodroffe Avenue
Hunt Club Road and Riverside Drive
Hawthorne Road and Walkley Road
Belfast Road and St. Laurent Boulevard
Heron Road and Riverside Drive
Coventry Road and St. Laurent Boulevard
Baseline Road and Woodroffe Avenue
Prince of Whales Drive and West Hunt Club Road
Innes Road and Tenth Line Road
Industrial Avenue and St. Laurent Boulevard
An accident can happen anywhere , on any street, any corner , and in any area.
These are just some of Ottawa’s highest accident areas. Hopefully, we can shed some light on these Ottawa accidents and change can take place to make Ottawa roads safer. If you have any concerns about areas or streets that you believe to be unsafe, please contact your MPP or the City of Ottawa and voice your concerns. This also goes for dangerous curbs, sidewalk and playground equipment located on city of Ottawa property or City of Ottawa parks. Most accidents can be prevented and there is no reason why we can’t al do our part in preventing as many accidents as we can.
If you have suffered a personal injury due to an accident or have a question regarding a personal injury, I can help you get the maximim benefits you are entitled to. If your accident occurred on City of Ottawa property, there are specific timelines that need to be met in order for a lawsuit to proceed as smoothly as possible. Our lawyers can help you submit your paperwork and commence a personal lawsuit on your behalf. Free consultations, no obligations !