Ottawa injury lawyer shares Ottawa bicycle safety tips and Ottawa bylaws for helmets.

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.


Summer Cycling Safety Tips with Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

bicycle accideOttawa Bicycle Accident Lawyer, Cycling Accidents Ottawa .We all want to be out on our bicycles cycling around Ottawa.  There is much to see and do and getting out on a bicycle is one of the best ways of seeing our city. Of course, it is part of a healthy lifestyle, but bicycling also helps the environment. It’s important, as a cyclist in Ottawa, to be always be aware of your surroundings. Make sure your are visible and take all necessary safety precautions. As an Ottawa bicycle accident lawyer, I meet regularly with people involved in bicycle accidents who suffer very serious personal injury such as brain injury, head injury and broken bones.

In 2009, according to Transport Canada,  there were a total of 41 bicycle accident fatalities, and 435 serious personal injuries related to bicycle accidents. The Canada Safety Council recommends for all bicyclists to wear an approved bicycle helmet, which can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries. Simply put: A bicycle helmet can save your life, so why wouldn’t you wear one? There are many bicycle safety measures you can take to help keep yourself and your children safe:

1. Always wear a helmet.

2. Pay attention and avoid distractions.

3. Obey the laws and road safety rules.  Cyclists have the same rights and duties as other drivers and need to follow the same traffic laws.

4. Be predictable — ride in a straight line, don’t swerve over sewers or bumps in the road, this will increase your chances of a collision with a vehicle.

5. Properly signal all turns and check behind you before completing a turn or changing lanes.

6. Come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights.

7. Stay visible. Be careful around parked cars and ride where drivers can see you.

8. Use lights at night and wear bright colored clothing.

9. Be alert -Try to watch for the next move of drivers, pedestrians and other cyclists.

10. Watch for debris, potholes, grates or any road obstacles.

11. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order. Make sure your tires don’t need air, brakes must work, chains should run smoothly, and quick release wheel levers must be closed.

As a driver, there are many steps you can take to avoid a bicycle accident

1. Respect cyclists’ right to share the road and responsibilities as motorists.

2. Obey the speed limits.

3. Come to a complete stop at  stop signs and red lights.

4. Do shoulder checks, and always check blind spots for cyclist.

5. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and bicycles.

6. Yield to pedestrians and cyclists in crossways.

7. If you plan to turn right or pull into a parking space shortly ahead of a bicycle in front of you, do not pass. Allow the cyclist to pass first.

8. Signal all turns and lane changes well 30 in advance.

10. Only pass cyclists when it is safe to do so.

These cycling safety tips may seem basic but serve as a great reminder to us all.  Ottawa is a wonderful city to cycle in, let’s keep it safe ! We all need to focus more on cycling safety.  There are far too many very serious head injuries and other very serious personal injuries in Ottawa each year as the result of an Ottawa bicycle accidents.  As one of the top Ottawa bicycle accident lawyers, I encourage everyone to have a safe and accident free summer.

 


Ottawa Bicycle Accidents, Cycling safety in Ottawa : What to look for in a helmet.

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Did you know that bicycle helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly? Sadly, Ottawa bicycle accidents can  happen anywhere, anytime.

Earlier this month, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced June 5, 2011 as Helmet Day in the City of Ottawa to support the avoidance of personal injuries and to emphasize the importance of wearing proper safety head gear while being active.

“We are very fortunate in Ottawa to have an environment that is well-suited to cycling and in-line skating,” said the Mayor .  He made it clear how supportive he was of an active, but safe lifestyle. “We are encouraging all residents to purchase an appropriate helmet before enjoying their favourite summer activities.”

We all know how important it is whether we are riding a bicycle or strapping on in-line skates to take safety precautions to protect ourselves; however, we don’t always do. The awareness is there and still coming , but not everyone is strapping on a helmet and some are strapping on helmets that are inadequate and would not protect them.  The City of Ottawa continues to make efforts to keep residents safe  and raise awareness of helmet safety in the hopes of preventing severe head injuries.

 

How do help reduce your chances of a severe head injury- Ottawa bicycle accidents

1-Make sure there is a CSA or CPSC certification on the helmet.

2-All helmets should fit level and square on the head, and the front should be 2 fingers distance from the helmet to eyebrows. The helmet straps should be adjusted to meet just below the ear in a V shape, and fastened comfortably.

3-All helmets should have a snug fit, allowing only one finger between the chin strap and your chin.

4-Proper helmets must be worn by all cyclists who are under the age of 18. I recommend that EVERYONE should wear a helmet to protect themselves from serious head injuries.

Each year, approximately 5,700 Ottawa area children under the age of 20 visit Ottawa hospital emergency rooms for serious head injuries.  Sport activities make up a large percentage of head injuries among children and youth.

As an Ontario injury lawyer, I meet regularly with Ontario accident victims who have suffered severe head injuries and their lives have been altered forever. I urge everyone to please equip themselves with a proper helmet.  It could save your life !

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