Have a great, safe long weekend ! Ottawa Police targeting speeding and pedestrian accidents.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario

We can all help in working towards reducing the number of accidents in Ottawa and Gatineau. In an effort to keep our streets safer, Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police are focussing on pedestrian safety and reducing speeding in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

Did you know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 1,814 Ottawa/Gatineau accidents involving pedestrians which resulted in 1,706 personal injuries and 38 deaths.

Did you also know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 16,033 Ottawa/ Gatineau accidents as a result of  speeding ? These accidents caused  4,543 personal injuries and 69 deaths.

Yes, accidents happen; however these accidents can often times be prevented.  The Ottawa community wants safer roads and if everyone does their part, we can have them.  The Ottawa Police are on board, Ottawa schools are on board, the community is on board and now we need every individual on board. There are many Ottawa community initiatives already in place to promote a safer and healthier community. This means all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians need to be a part of a safer Ottawa environment. An accident can change your life in an instant and your life may never be the same again. I meet daily with families whose lives have been completely altered by an accident. An accident affects the lives of not only the injured but usually everyone around them; especially family members.

Set an example for your children. Please, talk to your kids about driving responsibly.  If you are the driver, remember these statistics the next time you are contemplating putting your foot on the pedal to get there sooner. Your health and the health of your family is incredibly important.

As we head into the long weekend, many people will be driving on highways to get to their destinations, I urge everyone to please drive safely and have a great, safe long weekend.

 


Ottawa Police issue 751 charges. What were the infractions? Ottawa accident lawyer David Hollingsworth shares the results.

David Hollingsworth Injury Lawyers.

The Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police targeted distracted driving and cycling safety during the months of May and June and the results were astonishing. A total of  751 charges were laid in an effort to help make Ottawa and Gatineau roads a safer place.  What is also interesting is the type of driving offenses that occurred in a short time frame of 2 months.

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Public Works Department. These organisations work together towards preventing and eliminating accidents, deaths and serious personal injuries in the Ottawa area. Their goal is to change culture, engage our community and develop a sustainable safe transportation environment.

In the months of May and June, the following infractions occurred and Ottawa Police charged:

Motorcycle infractions 29

Running red lights 475

Impaired driving 142

Construction zone infractions 107

Ottawa Accident Lawyers

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, these infractions are shocking to us. It would seem that everyone of these infractions is preventable and could very well cause a serious accident.  We all need to be aware of the severity and consequences of these infractions. You may think running a red light can save you 5 minutes in driving time; however the reality is that not running that red light might save your life and the lives of loved ones.  Too often I meet with families who have lost a loved one or someone is severely injured and their lives have been changed forever. They would do anything to turn back the clock , they would do anything to not have had that accident. Often times the accident was not their  fault and could have been avoided. Let’s all work together to make Ottawa roads a safer place to drive, cycle, walk and be on. Do your part.

 

 


Ontario Injury Award Settlement Amounts: Embrun woman receives compensation for chronic pain, anxiety and psychological issues.

Ottawa personal injury cases and award amounts.

Compensation for Chronic Pain Injury

I often have people call me and describe their Ottawa accident to me and what has happened to them as the result of an accident in Ontario.  They have many questions.  The two that I get asked the most are:

Do I have a case and how much is my case worth?

While every case is different, as all personal injuries and all individuals are different, there are often similarities that run throughout similar cases.

Accident Scenario:

We worked closely with “JM” to ensure she received maximum compensation for her injuries.  JM was a  58-year-old woman from Embrun, Ontario. One day, she was a passenger in a car driven by her husband.  As he went to turn left , they were hit by another vehicle.

Injuries Resulting From Accident:

JM suffered very serious personal injuries including chronic pain, anxiety and psychological difficulties as the result of the accident.

Compensation For Chronic Pain Injury:

After tough negotiations, we were able to get the insurance company to settle without  them having to go to court.  JM received $ 240,000 from the tort action and another $325,000 from her Ontario Accident Benefits Insurer. While this $565 000 will never erase the damage that has been done, it can help JM and her husband adjust to a new life with rehabilitation, benefits and support.  While we wish we could take back the accident for them, we are grateful to have met them and were able to change their lives in some for the better.  Moving forward, we wish them well…

Our Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You:

Our team of dedicated  Ontario injury lawyers are always available by phone, email or visit should you have a question, we would be happy  to provide you with free legal advice and steer you in the right direction. We understand that you may not know where to start. This is normal. Whether you decide to start a case or not, it’s best you know your options so you can make an informed decision. You owe it to yourself and your family.

For more information that relates to compensation for chronic pain and psychological injuries, visit www.ottawainjury.ca/chronic-pain   or www.ottawainjury.ca/psychological-and-mental-injuries

* Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results and that the amount recovered and other litigation outcomes will vary according to the facts in individual cases.