Ottawa accident electric bicycle results in serious head injury and leg injury.

E-bike Accidents

Is an e-bike considered to be a motor vehicle?

No, to operate an e-bike:

  • a driver’s licence is not required
  • there is no written test required to operate an e-bike
  • there is no vehicle registration or plate required for an e-bike
  • there is no motor vehicle liability insurance required
  • to operate, ride or be a passenger on an e-bike you must be older than or 16 years of age
  • requires drivers and riders  to wear an approved bicycle/ motorcycle helmet.

If you have been injured in an e-bike accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits as a cyclist would be . Regardless of whether or not you have your own insurance policy you have rights as an e-bike rider and passenger should you be in an accident. Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario offering free consultations and helping people determine what their options are in a personal injury lawsuit.

In most instances, the initial meeting is simply a meeting to share the details of your accident and the extent of injuries. This information is enough for experienced personal injury lawyers to provide your with the insight you need and give you all the information regarding your personal injury lawsuit and the amount of personal injury compensation you might be entitled to.

If you have any questions, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss what Ontario accident benefits you may be entitled and how to receive maximum compensation for your injuries. There are many areas involved in accidents and insurance claims. E-bikes are relatively new to the laws and it is critical that anyone driving an e-bike, as well as their family members , are informed as to how it works when it comes to insurance and accident claims. It’s not always clear and best that you sit with an experienced lawyer and allow them to walk you through it all. 

 

 

 


Safe driving tips for snowy roads as Ottawa prepares for 15 cm of snow.

Ottawa Weather and Ottawa Accidents

Ottawa Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and our associates are  warning Ottawa residents- It’s happening again Ottawa ! We are expected to get close to 15 more centimeters of snow tonight which means tomorrow might be a messy drive into work, school or maybe you are just heading to Starbucks! Regardless of where you are going, the roads will likely have enough snow to slow things down and possibly cause accidents here in Ottawa and surrounding areas.  There are steps you can take to help make the roads a little safer.

-Make sure to completely clear your vehicle off. Do not leave snow on the roof that may fall down while en route.

-If you can put your vehicle in 4 wheel drive, do so if you are finding the roads slippery.

-Slow down and leave yourself lots of room to stop. The rule of thumb is at least three car lengths.

-Always apply the brakes gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels seize, ease up on the brake.

-Ensure your lights are on. This will not only give you better vision, it allows others to see you as well .

-Make sure you have plenty of windshield fluid and your windshield is clean.

-Avoid using cruise control when roads are slippery.

-Avoid passing other vehicles if possible.

If your vehicle gets stuck in the snow or ice,

-Do not apply gas and spin the wheels. This will create an even bigger whole for your wheels to sink into.

-Gently turn your wheels from side to side several  times. This will push snow away and give you a better chance at getting out.

-If it is safe to get out, use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the under the car if possible.

-Try putting down something that will give your vehicle traction such as a blanket,  sand, kitty litter, paper, gravel or coarse salt.

I wish you all safe driving tomorrow.  Enjoy the snow..I promise, it won’t be much longer !

 


Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Important timelines when filing an insurance claim after an accident.

Accident and Insurance Timelines

Ottawa Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth. Anyone can get hurt in an accident at any given moment. It happens so quickly and the after effects can be devastating. In Ontario, there are certain timelines that need to be adhered to make an insurance claim as easy as possible, following an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, these timelines need to be adhered to as best as possible.

First and foremost, if needed seek medical attention immediately and ensure that your health needs are being met.

Within 7 days of your accident, it is crucial…
That you or a loved one notifies your insurance company of  the accident.

Within 30 Days of your accident, it is crucial…
That you make an application for accident benefits.

Within 2 Years of your accident, it is crucial…
Your personal injury lawyer files a tort claim against the party who is at fault for the accident. This in turn, makes a claim against the insurer if you are denied accident benefits from your own insurance company.

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I know that the days immediately following an accident, it is difficult to start making claims and filling out applications.  That is why it is best to contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and let them do this for you.Your job is to recover .  Their job is to help you.  I can’t tell you how much stress is immediately relieved when I tell my clients in the initial meeting. “Don’t worry, we can take care of this for you.” I can immediately see it in my clients faces and bodies.

There are certain exceptions to these timelines; however they are rare.  If you happen to fall into this category, it is best you consult with a personal injury lawyer and let them look into it for you.

For more information visit www.ottawainjury.ca