Ottawa injury lawyer discusses concussions in children and the signs, symptoms of a concussion.

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer on concussions in children.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. With spring sports in full force, the incidence of child concussions is on the rise.   Head injuries in athletes during mainly sports; however children can also suffer serious concussions  from colliding with another child during play, car accidents and bicycle accidents and even minor falls. Typically children can recover from a concussion within a week or two without lasting health problems if they treat the concussion in a timely manner and properly by following certain precautions and taking a break from activities.

The severity of a concussion can be  determined by how long signs and symptoms can last and therefore  are only known when recovery has taken place. The longer the symptoms persist,  the more severe the concussions. More severe concussions or  undiagnosed concussions can cause brain damage or disability.

Treating a concussion is difficult and vague.  First and foremost, if you have a concussion or you think your child may have a concussion, you need to seek professional medical help immediately. One thing for sure is to REST. Anyone suffering a concussion needs  to remove themselves of any activities that could cause stress on the brain and try to avoid any sudden movements, impacts etc.

We know that the brain is made of soft tissue and is surrounded by spinal fluid, which is protected by our skulls.  Our brains  move around inside our skulls and can bang against our skulls. When the brain bangs against our skulls,  for example, due to a fall on a sidewalk or a whiplash-type of injury — it can be bruised, blood vessels are torn, and the nerves inside our brain become damaged. These injuries can lead to a concussion. There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion.

In a previous post I outlined the most common signs and symptoms of a concussion . Typically most concussion symptoms may appear initially and  develop over the first 24-72 hours.  Children can experience  the same concussion symptoms as older kids and even as adults. This is why it is imperative to have treatment for a concussion as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. If your child is sleepy, let them sleep; however , call 9-1-1 immediately after a head injury if your child can’t be woken up.

Most concussions in children will heal quickly however some symptoms including memory loss, headaches, and problems with concentration  may linger for several weeks or even months.  As a parent or caregiver, it’s critical to watch for these symptoms and contact your doctor if they persist. A concussion injury is not to be taken lightly and must be treated properly. If in doubt contact a doctor or qualified health professional immediately. If your concussion is from a motor vehicle accident or a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to compensation.


Ottawa Lawyer: Sport Injuries and Compensation

Head Injury in Sports

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

I receive calls regularly asking me questions about sporting injuries and does one have the right to sue. In every sport, there are injuries. While some injuries may be avoided in sports, others aren’t.  Sporting injuries can happen anywhere; a friend’s house,  school, gymnasiums, sport fields and sport training facilities. Football and hockey seem to be the sports with the highest rates of severe injuries that hear of due to the high impact and high number of head injuries associated with these 2 sports. Some sport head injuries become mild concussions and people are able to return to their sport within a few days or weeks. As we all know, there are also severe head, back, brain, neck and spinal cord injuries that result from sporting accidents.  These injuries are life-altering and catastrophic injuries.

I’m often asked about compensation about such injuries.  Not all cases of sporting injuries result in the right to sue and seek insurance compensation. In order to receive compensation, it needs to be proven that the  facility where the injury took place provided  unsafe, or dysfunctional equipment. If this is proven, then they can be help liable. It may be difficult to prove negligence , but with proper documentation, pictures and witnesses , a personal injury lawyer can help build a personal injury case to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

Consult a top Ottawa personal injury lawyer

If you have suffered a sports injury and feel it is a result of someone else’snegligence, contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. The top Ottawa personal injury lawyers will be able to provide you with immediate feedback on whether or not they think you have a personal injury case or not.

Play hard and play safe !

 


Ottawa lawyer supporting City of Ottawa June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

City of Ottawa declares June 2012 Brain Injury Awareness Month

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I am so pleased that our wonderful city has chosen June as Brain Injury Awareness Month.  With more bicycles, motorcycles, sports, rollerblades, skateboards out during the summer months, the need for brain injury awareness is paramount.  I fully support this initiative.  I have so many clients suffering from a brian injury and it is heartbreaking.  A brain injury is an invisible condition affecting  adults and children. A brain injury is usually not recognizable and results in daily frustrations for not only the person suffering from a brain injury, but also their family and friends. 

I totally believe that the Ottawa community needs to become informed about the risks of a brain injury, what to look for and the strategies for preventing a brain injury.

The daily challenges faced by someone with a  brain injury and their families are often uncomprehensible unless you are in their shoes.  They struugle daily to do some of the most basic life tasks, that they could once do easily. 

As a community supporting those suffering from a brain injury, we need to help by sharing information, knowledge and inspiration to help improve the quality of life of brain injury victims and their families.

We have some valuable Ottawa brain injury resources such as:

Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa Valley, The Brain Injury Association of Canada, the Vista Centre, Pathways to Independence, the Acquired Brain Injury program at the Ottawa hospital, the Ontario Brain Injury Association to name but a few….

June 2012 as Brain Injury Awareness Month in Ottawa.

 


Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth supporting Helmet Day : 46 Ontario stores offering discounts on helmets.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth… I strongly urge everyone, children and adults to wear a helmet. It really could save your life. I meet daily with people involved in accidents and in some cases they are severely injured, but alive thanks to a helmet.  Please celebrate Helmet Day tomorrow by purchasing  a new helmet. 46 Ontario retailers across the region have agreed to participate in this event. The following locations are offering discounts tomorrow. Simply visit a participating store and purchase your helmet for helmet day discount,

This event is for everyone (children, youth, adults, and seniors) and all kinds of helmets will be available., whether you bike, rollerblade, skateboard, ski, or play hockey.

The following retailers are supporting this very important initiative and are offering discounts:

Store: Top of the World Location: 158 Rideau Street Discount: 15% off all Helmets and Safety Gear (Knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards)

Store: Antique Skate Location: 9 Florence Street Discount: 15% off all skateboard helmets and equipment

Store: Bushtukah Locations (2 locations): 5607 Hazeldean Road, 203 Richmond Road  Discount: 25% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: The Cyclery Location: 115 Bank Street Discount: 20% off all Helmets and Safety Equipment (Bells, Lights, and Reflective Tape)

Store: Dinardo’s Skis & Wheels Location: 44 Northside Road  Discount: Will pay the taxes on all helmets purchased on Helmet Day

Store: Euro Sports Location: 13 Bullman Street Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Joe Mamma Location: 767 Bank Street Discount: 25% off all helmets in stock

Store: Foster’s Sports Centre Location: 305 Bank Street  Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Fresh Air Experience  Location:1291 Wellington Street Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Full Cycle Location: 401 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 15% off in stock helmets, customer must mention that it is Helmet Day

Store: Kunstadt  Locations (3 locations): 680 Bank Street, 1583 Bank Street, 463 Hazeldea Discount: 30% of all helmets

Store: Lacroix Source for Sports Location: 2062 St. Joseph Blvd Discount: 20% discount on all hockey helmets

Store: McCranks Location: 889 Bank Street Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Mountain Equipment Coop Location: 366 Richmond Road Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: On Deck Skateboard Shop Location: 141 Bentley Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Orleans Cycles Location: 2404 St.Joseph Boulevard Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Pecco’s Location (2 locations):  86 Murray Street, 85 Du Portage (Gatineau, QC)   Discount: 25% off all helmets

Store: Phat Moose Cycles Location: 98 Hawthorne Avenue Discount: 15% off all helmets

Store: Rebec and Kroes Location: 2679 Alta Vista Drive Discount: 10% off all in-store helmets

Store: Sport Chek Location (12 locations):  Ottawa: Kanata Centrum: 785 Kanata Av, Merivale Mall : 1642 Merivale Rd, Place D’Orléans: 110 Place D’Orleans Dr, Riocan Marketplace: 125 Riocan Av, St.Laurent: 1200 St Laurent Blvd, Surrounding Areas: Belleville, ON: 390 North Front Street #200, Cobourg, ON: 1111 Elgin Street West , Cornwall, ON:  501 Tollgate W, Lindsay, ON: 401 Kent Street West, Kingston, ON: 945 Gardiners Road, Pembroke, ON: 1100 Pembroke Street East #503
Peterborough, ON: 645 Lansdowne Street West  Discount: 20% off last ticketed price on all bike helmets

Store: Sportek Location: 1020 Pleasant Park Road Discount: 20% off helmets if customer mentions “Helmet Day”

Store: Sports Experts  Location: 100 Bayshore Drive, 4338 Innes Road, 50 Rideau Street , 1226 Saint Laurent Boulevard Discount: 25% off all regular priced helmet

Store: Tall Tree Cycles Location: 255 Richmond Road Discount: 20 % off all helmets

Store: Tommy and Lefebvre Location:  464 Bank Street, 250 Centrum Boulevard
499 Terry Fox Drive , 2525 Lancaster Road, 3777 Strandherd Discount: 20% off any Helmet purchase or a BUY one receive the second helmet FREE (equal or lesser value)

Please , please , please take care of your head and brain. A brain injury and head injury can happen to anyone and can change your life forever. Be a good role model for your children and strap a helmet on !

 


New Bauer hockey helmet aims to reduce head injuries and brain injuries, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth.

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth …Bauer Hockey, Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of ice hockey equipment,  officially unveiled the Bauer Re-Akt helmet, the first hockey helmet designed to specifically manage the multiple type of hits in the game, including rotational-force impacts, which from what I understand, has been  proven to cause significant head injuries and brain injury.

 The Bauer Re-Akt  helmet features the Suspend-Tech liner, a unique  rotational impact protection system to protect the head from excessive rotational acceleration upon impact. The liner is made up of  Extreme Impact Protection, a super-light pliable material with the ability to dissipate extreme force on impact. The free-floating stretchable liner moves independently inside  the helmet, meaning better managing rotational forces.

The majority of approved hockey helmets are designed to address linear impacts; however, there has been a tremendous amount of research that indicates that the rotational force are a key contributor to a head injury

Hockey is a very fast paced game, where there is a lot of contact. The ice is also an extremely hard surface and not one that would absorb the impact. Most impacts occur when a player is in motion,  trying to make a hit, or trying to avoid a hit.

It has taken more than 2 years for this helmet to come along. The helmet features specially designed pads placed strategically in areas of the helmet where players require the most protection.  Unlike other helmets in the market designed to manage only high-energy impacts, the Bauer’s new helmet is designed to manage the multiple types of hits in hockey

To date, close to 44% of all NHL players are wearing Bauer helmets. Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers,was one of the first players to wear new helmet leading up to the All-Star Game. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until most NHL players are looking for the extra protection.

Unfortunately, head injuries seem to be a part of hockey ( at least for now) .  All hockey players need to protect themselves as much as possible. No helmet is going to completely prevent all concussions or head injuries, but helmets with more protection are absolutely a step in the right direction.

Bauer’s new helmet will soon be available for at retail locations worldwide in May. For more information, visit Bauer’s website. Let’s hope we start to see an immediate decrease in sport related head injuries !

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer helping and Ontario  accident victims and the families of accident victims who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca (613) 978-9549

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Ottawa neurosurgeon Dr. Vassilyadi and child head injury, study calls for new helmet

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Brain Injury Attorneys….Ottawa-based neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Vassilyadi has conducted a research that shows hockey helmets are the most effective at protecting children and preventing serious head injury to children tobogganing. The experiment conducted by Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, the neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and also a professor at the University of Ottawa, tested helmets designed for hockey, downhill skiing and cycling. Dr. Vassilyadi and his Ottawa team simulated the  potential impact that might occur while tobogganing. The findings were amazing. Hockey helmets were determined to be the safest, over bicycle helmets. This is especially true if the hockey helmet has a face shield guard. Dr . Vassilyadi noted that often times, when a child suffers a tobogganing injury, they often have facial injuries such as torn lips, broken teeth,  broken nose, or eye injuries.

The bottom line is that any helmet is better than none for tobogganing. So if you can’t have access to a hockey helmet, then please grab whatever helmet you have when you take your kids out tobogganing.  As an Ontario personal injury lawyer who has had many clients with severe head injuries, I am in complete agreement with Dr. Vassilyadi and support is desire  to see a helmet created for outdoor winter activities such as tobogganing and skating. It really does seem crazy not to.

Dr Vassilyadi explained that collisions in tobogganing are usually to the front of the head, whereas ski accidents usually involve impacts to the side of the head, where ski helmets were the most effective. Again this just goes to show that there is a need for a specific helmet to be designed for tobogganing , as there is currently no helmet specifically designed to protect the front of the head on impact.

All this to say, do everything you can to keep your little one’s (and yourself) safe. Take every safety step you can.  A child brain injury or head injury is life altering. Enjoy this winter and all it’s wonderful activities, but please be safe.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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 question, feel free to call or   email david@ottawainjury.ca(613) 978-9549

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What you can do to prevent a brain injury when skiing, skating and tobogganing :Ottawa Ontario Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Brain Injury and Head Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…There are far too many injuries resulting in traumatic head injuries and traumatic brain injury every year. A traumatic brain injury can happen in a split second and change your life forever, as well as the life of your friends and family. Not all head injuries and brain injuries are preventable, but you can take steps to reduce the risks in some activities.  ThinkFirst is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries. It has some very valuable resources that I thought I would share with you….Have fun, play safe and protect your head ! -Ottawa , Ontario Brain Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 Brain Injury Facts:      

 

 

  • Damage to the brain and spinal cord can rarely be repaired. Life after a brain or spinal cord injury is never ever the same
  • Injury is the leading killer of Canadian children and youth. 50 % of all deaths from injury are from a brain injury
  • 30% of all traumatic brain injuries are sustained by children and youth, many of them while participating in sports and recreational activities

The good news on brain injury..   

 

 

  1. Bike helmets can prevent up to 88 % of brain injuries when used properly
  2. Skiers and snowboarders who wear helmets reduce their risk for head injuries by 60 %

 What you can do to help prevent a brain injury…

 -Encourage kids to be active, but ensure they get proper training, wear the gear, and are able to effectively navigate risks.

 -Be a role model: as parents, coaches and educators it is important to model safe, responsible behaviours like wearing a properly fitted helmet during appropriate activities, and buckling up in the car  

Each severe brain injury costs our medical system over $400,000 at the time of injury. Costs remain approximately the same each year following the incident due to indirect expenses and follow-up treatment

Although catastrophic brain injuries in sports and recreation can affect anyone, boys/men are affected four times as frequently as girls/women

Wondering what helmet to wear?

Replace your helmet if you have been in a crash, it is not designed to protect you a second time.

· Skateboarding, In-line skating and Scooters – Because falls are common in these activities, helmets for skateboarding, in-line skating and scooters should cover the back of the head to better protect against backward falls and withstand multiple impacts. A skateboard or in-line skating helmet should not be used for bicycle riding unless specified on the label. No  standards have been set for scooter helmets.

Multi-sport helmets – Some helmets are marketed as “multi-sport” meaning they meet safety standards for more than one activity (such as skateboarding and in-line skating). Be sure the helmet you buy has been tested for the activities you will be using it for.

Field Sports – Team field sports, such as football, baseball/so-ball and lacrosse, have helmets specific to the kinds of hazards each sport presents. Football and lacrosse require face protectors on helmets because of the level of contact between players and equipment.·

Hockey – Multiple impact helmets are intended to protect your head from impacts due to falls on ice and collisions with the boards. Hockey helmets are also recommended for ice skating and tobogganing.

Skiing and snowboarding – Ski helmets can be single- or multiple-impact helmets (check the manufacturer’s label) and cover more of the back of the head than a bicycle helmet.

Ice skating and Sledding/ tobogganing – While specific ice skating and sledding helmets have not been developed, ice hockey helmets (skating and sledding) and ski helmets (sledding) are an option because they are designed to protect the head in all directions in icy conditions.

Researchers estimate that 90 % of all injuries are predictable and preventable Remember: Most crashes aren’t accidents, but predictable, preventable events. Change the way you speak about these events to change social perception

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

  
 
 
 

 

 


Avoiding head injury and brain injury : FREE helmets available. Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..

Before I head out to the outdoor rink with my son for a quick skate before bed, I wanted to quickly share a great safety resource with you in the hopes of reducing an accident resulting in a serious head injury and brain injury.  There are far too many hockey, skating and ski accidents in adults and children that lead to serious and permanent injuries.  Wearing a  helmet is one very simple step to take to help protect yourself and avoid a possible head injury or brain injury.  Please, please play safely out there and WEAR A HELMET !

Are you looking to purchase helmets?  Safe Kids Canada and Canadian manufacturer, Seven Star Sports, are pleased to provide low-cost helmets for all sports, including cycling, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. A portion of all sales will go to supporting Safe Kids. Please feel free to share this information  with family, friends and colleagues.

To place your order, visit the Safe Kids website and click on one of the PDF links, print and fill out the form and send it by e-mail to: tarick1@sevenstarsports.com or by fax to: 905-574-7082

For questions about your order, please contact Seven Star Sports directly at: 1-888-52-7STAR (7827) or 905-574-9270 .

The following helmets are available:

  • Bike Gear Bicycle Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Multi sport and Deluxe Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet with Face Cage form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet form
  • Ski – Winter Sports Helmet form

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ontario injury victims get the help they need after a serious Ontario accident.  Due to his vast experience with personal injuries, David understands the added pressure and stress associated with this personal injury.  David takes his cases on contingency, which means, you don’t pay him anything, until he gets you your money.  Call for a free consultation 613-978-9549. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  

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Selecting the best Ottawa brain injury lawyer for your traumatic brain injury.

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Advice for Selecting the best Ottawa Brain Injury Lawyer

While many minor disputes can be handled in a small claims court or through an alternative dispute resolution, handling a claim for a personal injury as serious as traumatic brain injury requires the expertise and know-how of an Ottawa brain injury lawyer.  When you

Our lawyers know what is needed to support and compensate for a brain injury.

Our lawyers know what is needed to support and compensate for a brain injury.

hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, you need to find someone who understands the nuances of your brain injury and has extensive experience interpreting medical diagnoses in order to present the full facts of your brain injury to your insurance adjuster or in the courtroom.

A brain injury is a very complicated legal matter because the symptoms are often “invisible.”  This is especially the case when it comes to a mild brain injury.  The vocational abilities of victims who have sustained a mild brain injuries are often severely impacted.  Victims are typically in denial about a brain injury’s impact on their lives.

Many survivors of a traumatic brain injury do not receive adequate compensation for their brain injury primarily because they hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer who does not have the sufficient experience to present a legitimate claim for damages.   Ask your Ottawa brain injury lawyer about previous brain injury cases they have taken on. When searching for an Ottawa brain injury lawyer, research their education, training, and experience.  Determine what kind of knowledge they have about brain injury. Furthermore, find out if they are members of any trial law groups that deal with brain injury.  All of these factors will help you determine whether the lawyer’s knowledge about brain injury law and compensation is current.

Some Ottawa brain injury lawyers are willing to represent you on a contingency fee basis.  This means that the lawyer will not receive payment until you receive compensation for your brain injury.  When working on a contingency fee basis, an Ottawa brain injury lawyer receives a  % of the compensation amount. When you hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer on a contingency fee basis, you can rest assured knowing that you are hiring an experienced, qualified Ottawa lawyer who can practically guarantee results.

Make sure to interview your Ottawa lawyer face-to-face and have plenty of questions ready to ask them so you can ascertain their qualifications.  Some important questions you may want to ask include the following:

  • How many brain injury cases have you been involved  in the last 5 years?
  • What % of personal injury cases do you take relate to brain injury?
  • What are the settlement compensation amounts you have obtained on brain injury cases in the past?

Choosing the right Ottawa brain injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life.  Be sure to find an Ottawa brain injury lawyer with whom you feel comfortable.  Moreover, hire an Ottawa brain injury lawyer who has the confidence and experience necessary to handle your case.  By taking the time to find a qualified Ottawa brain injury lawyer to represent you, you will be able to receive the recompose that you deserve, enabling you to meet your medical and support needs.


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.