What do you think are Ottawa’s worst roads ? CAA wants to know…

Most common roads for Ottawa accidents

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers got together and discussed some of the most common Ottawa accident roads that we see in our personal injury practice.  Interesting enough, Carling avenue was on our list.   May 1st is the official start date of CAA’s – Canadian Automobile Association’s yearly “Worst Roads in Ontario” initiative. This is CAA’s 10th year for the program which aims to promote taking  action on some of the most dangerous and older roads in Ontario.

Last year, Carling Avenue in Ottawa ranked in 7th place as one of Ontario’s worst roads and Riverside Drive was close to it.  So far this initiative is working and  90 %  of the roads that make the top 10 list have been fixed. CAA wants the Ontario government to use  revenue collected from gas taxes to improving road conditions, bridges and highways. Anyone is allowed to vote and you can vote up until the end of the month. Vote at worstroads.ca. Let’s do whatever it takes to make our Ottawa roads better and safer. Cast your vote !

We would love to hear what you think are Ottawa’s worst roads and why? Are they dangerously busy ? Do the roads have potholes? Are the traffic signs well placed and visible? Tell us why? When we get enough responses, our lawyers will collate the information and will post the results and maybe even send them in to the Ministry of Transportation.

After that, we can move on to Ottawa’s most dangerous intersections ! 

David Hollingsworth works with a team of personal injury lawyers , who focus their entire practice solely on accidents, insurance claims and personal injury law in Ontario. We immerse ourselves in the latest developments in Ontario personal injury law and the Ontario insurance regime; specifically accident benefits.  We spend our days meeting with people who have been involved in an Ottawa accident and need help. We would be happy to help you as well.

 


Let’s eliminate dangerous driving. OPP launch Facebook site dedicated to sharing real stories of texting and driving and the dangerous outcomes.

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 injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents.

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Although it doesn’t look or feel like it, spring is officially here.  With the warm weather coming , more Ottawa pedestrians will be taking to the streets. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

To avoid a pedestrian accident, you should…

  • always cross at crossways or traffic lights
  • be alert
  • ensure drivers see you before you cross any road;
  • only cross a road when traffic has stopped;
  • be cautious when crossing and do so promptly. Don’t waste time and make sure you get completely across before the light changes.
  • do not wear headphones to listen to music. You need to hear the sounds around you.
  • be aware of cars that may be turning and may not be able to see you;
  • as much as possible, wear bright clothing or reflective wear and make yourself as visible as possible.  Most of all, use common sense.

Accident benefits for pedestrian accidents

Did you know that pedestrians are entitled to accident benefits is they become injured as the result of a motor vehicle accident? A personal injury insurance claim is mad through the drivers insurance company and things like income replacement benefits, rehabilitation expenses, attendant care, hospital expenses, loss of education expenses, housekeeping, expenses of visitors etc.. can be covered

There are far too many Ottawa pedestrian accidents each year and sadly, most of them could be avoided.  Both motorists and pedestrians need to ensure that they are doing everything they can to keep Ottawa roads safe and accident free. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are top Ottawa personal injury lawyers  who dedicate themselves to ensuring that Ontario pedestrians get all the help, support and maximum compensation after an Ontario accident.

Feel free to contact our Ottawa injury law firm with any questions you may have and we would be happy to help.