How to prevent motorcycle accidents..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…www.ottawainjury.ca  It’s that time of year again when we will start seeing more and more motorcycles on our Ontario roads. Motorcycle drivers are much less protected on their vehicles and therefore need to take all safety steps possible to prevent accidents and personal injury. As well, all drivers need to be aware that we share our Ontario roads with motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles. 

Thankfully Transport Canada has reported that the rate of deaths related to motor vehicle is slowly declining; however, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. There are many possible reasons why this may be so.  There may be more motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 45 to 54 are the most common ages amongst motorcycle drivers.

Ontario motorcycle helmet use has improved. Unfortunately3.1 % of motorcycle riders still drive their motorcycles without one. Head injuries are still the leading cause of deaths involving motorcycle accidents and motorcycle drivers without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and also 15% more likely to suffer serious personal injuries. A study that was previously done indicated that helmets saved 1,800 lives of motorcycle riders involved in accidents in 2007.

Please drive and ride 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.

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Ontario injury lawyer: What does an Ottawa personal injury lawyer do ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…What does an Ottawa personal injury lawyer do?

Ottawa personal injury lawyers help Ontario accident victims and their families get the help, support and compensation they need following an accident in Ontario. An Ottawa personal injury lawyer not only represents and negotiates for you when it comes to your insurance claim, they also help in rebuilding lives after an Ontario accident. The best Ottawa personal injury lawyers work closely doctors, social worker and the entire rehabilitative team to ensure that accident victims have the best possible recovery. An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help refer accident victims to specialists and help locate resources in the community.

As an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, I specialize in the following areas:

Ontario Spinal Cord Injury, Ontario Brain Injury, Ontario Amputation Injury, Ontario Head Injury, Ontario Whiplash Injury, Ontario Slip and Fall Accidents, Ontario Wrongful Death Accidents, Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ontario Orthopedic Injury, Ontario Broken Bones Accidents, Ontario Catastrophic Injury, and Ontario Traumatic Injury.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an Ontario car accident, there is help and support available to you.  You do not have to do this on your own. Contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for help.


Ontario Accident Benefits: Definition Minor Injury Guidelines, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ontario Minor Injury Guidelines. Insurance Claims. Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…Have you recently been involved in an Ontario car accident and your insurance company has told you that your injury is classified as a “minor injury”? Unfortunately that means you will only receive $3500 in medical rehabilitation benefits available, regardless of whether or not you opted to pay for enhanced Ontario accident benefits.  Insurance companies have also determined that a minor injury does not qualify for housekeeping benefits or attendant care benefits. This causes a lot of problems for many Ontario accident victims, who require these benefits. Not everyone is seriously injured in an accident , so the minor injury guidelines are acceptable to them.  What’s really becoming a crisis situation in the vast majority of people who suffer serious injury in an accident and accept what their insurance company gives them in limited accident benefits, leaving them without enough support and benefits , which generally results in them not recovering. The Minor Injury Guidelines typically includes the following personal injuries resulting from an Ontario motor vehicle accident:

  • Sprains
  • Tears/ partial tears
  • Strains
  • Whiplash (unless there are neurological symptoms)
  • Cuts, contusions, and abrasions
  • Subluxations  (unless it is a complete dislocation of a joint)
As an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I urge anyone whose personal injuries have been classified as a minor injury and who feel that their injuries should not be in the minor injury guidelines to consult with an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  They can help you by filing an application for mediation with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario  (FSCO) and ensure you meet the limitation period for making  an application . Experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers have helped countless numbers of Ontario accident victims not only get diagnosed properly, but get maximum compensation and rehabilitation.  These injuries may affect the rest of your life and you need to ensure that you receive what you need to live your life as best as possible. Don’t sell yourself or your family short ! Consult with  an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer representing Ontario 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 

Ontario Accident Benefits, Definition Minor Injury Guidelines, Ontario Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

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Social Host Liability…Partying this holiday season? Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth explains social host liability.

It’s the holiday time of year again- Holiday parties and family get togethers.  It is also the festive time of year when we are often more social and potentially drinking more alcoholic beverages.  One question I am often asked  as an Ottawa personal injury lawyer concerns social host liability. Many people want to know if they are hosting a party what are they legally responsible for.  No one wants to think this way, but it is a reality.

What are the legally responsable for  as a host of a party?

If someone attends a party at your house  and becomes injured, the question will be whether the personal injuries suffered by the accident victims could have been reasonably foreseen by the host.  If the host did not know – nor ought to have known – that their guest was  intoxicated, then one can agree that they could not have known that they were at risk of suffering a personal injury.  This would mean the host of the party would not be responsible. In other words, as a host , you would have to prove that you  had no idea your guest was intoxicated.  This may be difficult to prove if you were serving alcohol. When a host is aware their guest is intoxicated, the host may have the legal responsibility to ensure that their guest who is intoxicated not drive.  In other words, as a party host, when you know that a guest is intoxicated and intends to drive, STOP THEM.  Offer them a taxi home, find a designated driver to take them home or allow them to sleep over. You can also be held legally responsible if you continue to serve alcohol to an intoxicated guest knowing that they would be driving home. It’s not unlike when a bartender cuts off an intoxicated patron.
 social host liability

As an Ottawa Accident Lawyer, I am urging everyone to be safe out there ! Please, if you are drinking, do not drive!!
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Call a taxicab:
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DJs Taxi (613) 829-9900
-Operation Red Nose (613) 771-2886
-Call Responsible Choice (613) 248-0444
-Take a bus !
-Designate a driver !
It’s common sense, you never want anyone being placed in a dangerous situation.  As a host you have the extra responsibility of ensuring that your guests depart safely and are free from  injury.  Do what it takes….you will never regret airing on the side of being overly cautious …Happy holidays and all the best !

For more information on social host liability or to contact one of our experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

 

 


Avoiding Catastrophic Injury and Accidents: Dangers of drowsy driving. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth…A startling new survey revealed that nearly a third of drivers  in the last month had driven a vehicle when they were tired and they had difficulty keeping their eyes open. The survey was commissioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on the road.” Although 32 % of the survey participants admitted to drowsy driving, 96 % of those same drivers said drowsy driving is unacceptable behaviour. What’s even more frightening is that  41 % admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study last year that revealed that 1/6 deadly fatal accidents and 1/8 accidents causing serious injury involved a drowsy driver. This clearly indicates a need to educate drivers about the dangers of drowsy driving.  It may seem basic and simple, yet the numbers indicate it is not.

Tips from the AAA  to help tired drivers avoid an accident:

  • Get plenty of sleep (at least 7 hours) the night before a long trip
  • Stop driving when are starting to feel sleepy; someone who is tired could fall asleep at any time – fatigue impacts reaction time, judgment and vision, causing people who are very sleepy to behave in similar ways to those who are drunk
  • Travel at times when you are normally awake, and stay overnight rather than driving straight through
  • Take a break every two hours or every 100 miles
  • Drink a caffeinated beverage. Since it takes about 30 minutes for caffeine to enter the bloodstream, find a safe place to take a 20‐30 minute nap while you’re waiting for the caffeine to take effect if need be
  • Travel with an awake passenger
  • Please, drive safely out there !!

    ———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario 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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    Questions to ask your Ottawa Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Law Firms

    Questions to ask your Ottawa Injury Lawyerlawyerquestions

    Looking for an Ottawa injury lawyer. During the selection process, you may become overwhelmed with the sheer number of Ottawa injury lawyers.  A good place to start is the local Bar Association; they can usually recommend a few lawyers that might be appropriate to your case.  What falls to you, however, is investigating these lawyers to ensure you find the right one for you.  You will want to interview all prospective injury lawyers and be sure to ask them plenty of questions.  It usually helps to write a list of your questions beforehand and go down the list, checking off each question when you get a satisfactory answer.  If, during the interview, you feel that they are brushing you off or do not have time for you, consider how you would feel if you hired them to help you and they did the same thing.  The way they treat you during the interview is often reflective of how they will treat you during your case, so pay close attention.

    Ask them questions about their track record.  How many wins do they have out of how many cases?  How often do they take cases to court?  How long have they been working on cases like yours?  What are typical settlements that they have won for cases like yours?  While you are interviewing potential Ottawa personal injury lawyers, the answers to these questions are probably the most critical.  The purpose is to ascertain how likely this lawyer is to win your case, and how far are they willing to take the case before conceding to the insurance companies.  They should have far more wins than losses and they should not be afraid to take insurance companies to court.

    Does your Ottawa injury lawyer specialize in personal injury?

    Find out if they specialize in any specific type of injury or accident.  There are Ottawa personal injury lawyers who specialize in car accidents, work-related accidents, slips/falls, and all sorts of other types of accidents or injuries.  By finding out there specialization you can decide whether their specialty is in line with your type of injury.  If they are a great lawyer but they specialize in car accidents, while your case is a work-related accident, they are not the best lawyer for your specific case.

    Settle on a cost before starting your case.  Ask each of the Ottawa personal injury lawyers how they calculate their rates.  Choose a lawyer who will cover the costs of your case as it moves along, then take an agreed upon amount out of the settlement.  This way you are not being charged more and more as the case proceeds and you have an agreement as to what appropriate costs for reimbursement would be.  If you decide to hire this particular lawyer, make sure that you have a written and signed contract specifying the calculation of the rate and how it will be paid.

    Once all of your questions have been answered, compare and contrast different Ottawa personal injury lawyers based on their responses.  Based on this comparison, you can confidently select the right lawyer for you.

     


    Slip and Fall Accidents and Personal Injury Statistics, Ottawa Lawyer

    Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth Discusses Slip and Fall Accident Statisticsslipaccident

    Sadly, slip and fall accidents are a big part of our personal injury practice. Did you know that over half a million of serious slip and fall accidents requiring hospitalization occur in North America each year?   Furthermore, of this number, over 300,000 are disabling personal injuries and over 20,000 are tragic fatalities.  These are alarming statistics. What is so hard to understand is that most slip and fall accidents are avoidable. If people took more precautions, there would be fewer accidents and in turn fewer injuries.

    Did you also know that slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants, and public buildings, since in the majority occur on flat and level surfaces. In addition, slip and fall accidents are the second leading cause of accidental death and disability after car accidents. Slip and fall accidents account for over 20,000 deaths per year in North America. Sixth six per cent of personal injury cases for people 65 years or older were a result of a slip and fall and over seventy five per cent of slip and fall deaths occur to people 65 years of age or older.

    Accidents can happen any where and anytime.  When a client meets with any of our personal injury lawyers to discuss their case, first and foremost we make sure that they are ok and that they are receiving the medical attention they need. Once that has been established , it’s important that we help our clients gather evidence that may be needed should they decide to persue a personal injury claim. For example, often times a police report, photos and witness names are often immediate pieces of evidence that can be gathered. Then a plan is put in place in order to maximize compensation for our clients personal injuries.

    A slip and fall accident can be life-altering and must be handled properly. Please watch where you step !