Why do child car seats have an expiry date and is it safe to still use them ?

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth.  In Canada, all car seat manufacturers provide an expiry date on all car seats.  Why? For safety !

There are also reasons such as…

  • sunlight: yes, sun exposure can damage or weaken the plastic found in car seats; and
  • safety regulations and standards change over time and products improve over time.

The provincial and territorial laws state that children’s car seats and booster seats  must be certified to Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and must be used properly according to the instructions given by the manufacturer. If you don’t follow the instructions or if you use them past their expiry or useful life dates, there is exposure to putting a child at risk and you may be found guilty of breaking the law.

You may be tempted to buy a car seat second hand.  Our Ottawa injury lawyers do not recommend you buy a used car seat unless you can get a guarantee that it hasn’t been in an accident (which could be impossible), has not been recalled (check with the manufacturer or Transport Canada – 1-800-333-0371) and that it isn’t expired; Transport Canada also provides a list of manufacturers of car seats and booster seats sold in Canada which includes the expiry/life date.

The following are the weight guidelines for child car seats in Ontario:

Infants: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children must rear-facing car seats until the child weighs at least 9 kg (20 lb.). It’s important to note that this is a minimum requirement. Some rear-facing car seats are made for children that weigh up to 20 kg (45 lb.).

Toddlers: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children use a forward-facing child car seat once  they weight from 9 kg to 18 kg (20 to 40 lb.). Again, this is a minimum requirement. Some forward-facing car seats are made for children that weigh up to 30 kg (65 lb.).

Pre-School and up to 8 years old: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children use a booster seat once they weigh 18 kg to 36 kg (40-80 lb.), are less than 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall, and are under the age of 8. Again, this is a minimum requirement.

Youth: Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act states that children can use a seat belt when one of the following conditions is met:

  • Child turns 8 years old, or
  • Child weighs 36 kg (80 lb.), or
  • Child is 145 cm (4´ 9˝) tall or more

It’s important that  the shoulder strap is positioned across a youth’s shoulder and in the middle of the chest and the lap belt crosses the hips and not the stomach.

Child car seat requirements are the law and more importantly are there for safety.  If you are unsure of what car seat your child should be in or if your car seat is installed correctly, there are a number of resources in the Ottawa area to help you such as Service Ontario at 1(800) 268-4686. Please make sure your child is safe.

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Ottawa accident Eagleson and Hazeldean sends man to Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre with severe injuries.

Injury Lawyers Ottawa David Hollingsworth

Last night, a 65 year old male was rushed to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre in critical condition. He was injured in an accident when his minivan hit  a street cleaning vehicle from behind , on Eagleson Road near Hazeldean. The Ottawa accident occurred close to 9 p.m.

Ottawa rescue crews needed to use  the jaws of life to free the man from his vehicle.  At the accident scene, the man was treated for a collapsed lung and severe injuries to his chest and lower limbs. Ottawa police are investigating the cause of the accident, if you have any information, please contact the Ottawa Police.  I wish this man a full a healthy recovery. He is in excellent hands at the Ottawa Hospital .

Our lawyers help wherever we can and this includes preventing accidents and educating Ontario drivers. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca .


Ontario Police focusing on distracted driving: It’s not just cell phones !

Ottawa accident and distracted driving

For everyone’s safety, the OPP-Ontario Ontario Provincial Police are about to begin a distracted driving campaign next week. This is not the first distracted driving campaign in the Ottawa area.  Ontario Police often target distracted drivers and you wouldn’t believe the number of infractions that occur in just a one weekend blitz campaign. I support these campaigns fully.  As a Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I read police accident reports daily and the number of Ottawa area accidents caused by distracted driving is astonishing.  What bothers me most, is that these accidents are avoidable. I’m not saying I don’t understand how it happens.   I too have children that suddenly start fighting in the back seat and before I know it, my attention has been diverted from the road to them. It  happens. That is why reminders such as this post are so useful. My goal is to have us all tuck this post in the back of our minds and hopefully the next time a situation arises when we are driving, we will remember.

Ontario Police are not only focusing on distracted drivers, they are also asking drivers to leave any handheld devices out of reach while driving. Yes, put your phone away.  don’t even have it out. Leave your phone in your purse , or even the back of the car.  If it’s too close, the fear is that you might be tempted to check that text that just came in etc.. We can’t have that ! Ontario Police are also asking that passengers to speak to their drivers if they are driving distracted. While this may be uncomfortable, it is life saving ! This is particularly important if you have teenagers or children in the car.  Please do not set a bad example.

As I mentioned earlier, distracted is not limited to texting or talking on the phone.  Although texting is the most dangerous, there are other obstacles that can divert your attention while driving. The most common are:

eating,

drinking,

watching other drivers,

focussing on kids in the backseat ,

looking in the mirror,

or personal grooming.

Please tuck this information away and hopefully we can all work together to reduce  Ottawa accidents and keep our roads safe. Drive safely and have a great day.

David Hollingsworth has been a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer for close to 15 years.  David works with an incredible team of highly skilled injury lawyers, Ontario accident benefits specialists and personal injury law clerks .

 

 


How to help your teenager be a better driver and help reduce Ottawa accidents and personal injuries.

Tips for teenage drivers

David Hollingsworth is a personal injury lawyer in Ottawa Ontario.

Car accidents are the leading cause of death in teenagers and sadly are on the rise. We can’t have this . The Ottawa Sun published some tips for teenage drivers . The tips originally came from FORD and the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. This program is aimed at helping parents help new teenage drivers and helping them be safe drivers. Some of the best tips were as follows:

1.Focus on driving. Watch the road and keep your hands on the wheel.

2.Always use your seatbelts and make sure your passengers buckle up as well.

3. Obey speed limits. They are there for a reason.

4. Do not talk, text or use any non-hands free device while driving. That;s how people die.

5. Always allow enough room between you and the next vehicle.

6. Be aware of road hazards: animals, potholes and other drivers.

7. Obey all driving laws. This includes piling too many people in the car etc..

8. Never drink and drive. There is always a better, safer alternative. Find one !

All of these seem obvious, but please take a moment and review or have your teenager read them, AGAIN. It will never hurt.  We have to be able to empower our teenage drivers and make sure they have the tools they need to be out on the roads safely. Please, we owe it to them. As parents, we won’t always be in the car with our children. That is why it is imperative that we teach them and give them the tools to safely handle a vehicle. It might just be one of the most valuable lessons you ever taught your child.

For over a decade, we have been Ottawa injury lawyers helping Ontario accident victims and specializing in Ontario personal injury law and  insurance claims.

 


Are Ontario snowmobile accidents entitled to Ontario accident benefits ?

Snowmobile Accidents and Accident Benefits Insurance Claims

There are far too many snowmobile accidents each year. A tragic snowmobile accident took another life: the life of  a 24 year old man in Val des Monts yesterday.  My thoughts go out to his family and friends and I am truly sorry for their loss.  I have many clients who have injured themselves in a snowmobile accident . A snowmobile is considered a motor vehicle and yes, Ontario accident benefits apply to snowmobile accidents.  So the good news is there is support and compensation for people who suffer injuries in snowmobile accidents.   The bad news is, there seem to be a lot of snowmobile accidents in our region and some of them are sadly,  fatal. Please ride safely…

Transport Canada  has prepared an amazing site full of interesting information that relates to road and snowmobile safety. For example, did you know that there are over 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 161,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada?  Snowmobiling can be safe and enjoyable. As long as drivers are cautious and follow safety rules, there is no reason not to get out and enjoy a fantastic sport.

The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or CCSO highlighted that between the years of 1994 and 1999, when promoting safety and  snowmobiling became a focus, snowmobile accident fatalities dropped by 2% – from 96 to 94 deaths;however the number of snowmobile drivers increased by 40%. This goes to show that more and more people can ride safely ,when safety is a focus.

Avoiding Snowmobile accidents safety tips:

  • Tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to get there.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile is tuned up.
  • Dress properly to protect yourself and avoid hypothermia, especially in children.
  • Always have a  first aid and survival kit available.
  • Ride at your own speed.
  • Try to use snowmobile trails whenever possible.
  • Remain on the right side of all roads, paths and trails.
  • If you don’t know  the area, slow down and drive cautiously.
  • Be careful crossing roads and train tracks.
  • At night, drive with headlights and slow down.
  • Know the  ice conditions and if you are unsure, do not cross.
  • Always  wear flotation-type clothing.
  • Always be on the look out for wildlife.

It’s impossible to completely avoid all accidents but please, let’s try.  Snowmobiling does not need to be a dangerous sport.  Be safe and ride as safely as possible. Enjoy !

 

 

 

    

 


Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth: How to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

Good morning Ottawa ! It is cold out there today and very slippery. There is a layer of ice on the ground and its hard to see , as last night’s snow is covering the ground.  This is typically when slip and fall accidents happen. With the holidays here we are all out just a little more, shopping and visiting with others and often we are carrying bags or presents. This, coupled with our weather conditions contribute to a higher incidence of slip and fall accidents.  Slip and fall accidents  in Canada makeup more than 50% of all personal injuries . Slip and falls accidents are the primary cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants and public buildings such as shopping malls.

As a property owner, it’s also important that you keep your property as safe as possible. This means keeping your walkways and steps clear of ice.  Property owners have a “duty of care” to see that their property is reasonably safe.  This not only means ensuring steps and walkways are cleared away in a reasonable manner, it also means  your home doesn’t have structural defects, hazardous conditions have been addressed.

Yes, accidents do happen but many accidents are preventable. There are things you can do to lower your risk of a slip and fall accident such as watching for ice, wearing proper footwear, walking slowly, keeping your hands free in case you do fall.

Common Slip & Fall Injuries include:

slip and fall accident

Our injury lawyers help with:

  • Fractures
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Injury
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Bulging Discs
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Spinal Injuries

Although a slip and fall accident doesn’t seem as serious as a car accident, some injuries are more serious and can leave an individual with a lifetime of pain and a decreased quality of life. Some people suffer such serious injuries from a slip and fall accident, that they are unable to return to work.

Financial compensation for slip and fall accidents

If you have suffered from a slip & fall accident you may be entitled to maximum compensation for your pain and suffering, loss of income and health costs, depending on whether or not you are able to establish negligence.  This is where our Ottawa personal injury lawyers excel. We have helped thousands of people and we can help you with your slip and fall accident and make sure you are well taken care of now and in the future.

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Richmond accident Franktown Road results in severe head injury, arm injury, leg injury and internal injuries. Ottawa injury lawyer David Hollingsworth shares story.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates… A terrible accident has left a 60 year old man in critical condition in an Ottawa hospital.  The accident occurred yesterday morning on  Franktown Road , close to Richmond. A 54 year old woman was also travelling with the man and she too was rushed to an Ottawa hospital with a severe arm injury, leg injury and internal injuries. The 2 were travelling in a mini-van and  lost control . The vehicle then hit a culvert. The driver suffered a life threatening head injury and was unconscious when rescue crews arrived to the accident scene.  My thoughts are with these 2 at this time and  I hope that they are able to recover FULLY from this terrible accident .

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) estimates that there  600 traumatic brain injuries for every 100,000 people in North America and Europe. Many brain injuries occur as a result of car accidents and can range in severity from concussions to traumatic brain injuries. After an accident where there is a suspected brain injury, medical professional will often use a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) to determine the level of the brain injury by testing the person’s ability to open their eyes and respond to verbal commands and motor stimuli. Depending on the responses, medical professionals are able to determine the level of the brain injury. The lowest score on a Glasgow Coma Scale is  3, which essentially is no response and a score of 15 would indicate that the individual is alert and responsive.

Experienced Ottawa brain injury lawyers

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in brain injuries. It’s important that the lawyer you hire not only be a personal injury lawyer, but they have experience with brain injuries.  Experienced brain injury lawyers understand the life-long implications a brain injury can have on an individual as well as their families. A injury lawyer experienced in brain injuries will also have an understanding of the amount of financial compensation required for a comfortable life with a brain injury. This knowledge and expertise will be crucial in securing maximum compensation.

If you are looking for a brain injury lawyer, contact us for a free consultation meeting where we can walk you through your options.


Ottawa Injury Lawyer on driving safety in eastern Ontario.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth

It’s that time of year again when the roads become more dangerous and we are also spending more time on the roads visiting friends. In light of the recent freezing rain conditions here in Ottawa , I thought I would help provide a few reminders when it comes to travel safety…

What to have with you in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

Be prepared and have a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times with:

  •  ice scraper
  •  snow brush
  •  matches
  • candles
  •  flashlights
  •  flares
  • non-perishable snacks
  • rope
  • maps
  • booster cables
  • safety shovel
  • winter boots
  • blankets
  • gloves
  • cell phone
  • Have a HELP sign (to be placed on back of window)

What to do in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Keep windows, mirrors and lights free of obstructions.
  • Check  headlamps,  signals and tail lights are clear of  snow and ice
  • Clear off your car entirely, including side mirrors.
  • Install snow tires.
  • Add gas line anti-freeze to the fuel-tank when refueling in extremely cold weather.
  • Keep gas tank always be over 1/2 full.
  • Make sure you have properly functioning  windshield wipers.
  • Keep windshield washer fluid levels full.
  • Check engine oil and ensure you have winter weight oil   5W-30.
  • Keep battery dry, clean, well connected and free of corrosion .
  • Make sure tire pressure is balanced
  • Check tire condition
  • Check coolant level and mixture and have it flushed every two years.

What to do in freezing rain driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Avoid driving in freezing rain.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Do not drive if there are whiteouts, freezing rain or blizzards.
  • Never drink and drive. Use a designated driver, taxis, walk or sleepover when possible.
  • Buckle up your seat belt.
  • Ensure all passengers are buckled up.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep at least 2 chevrons between you and the vehicle in front of you.

An accident can happen in an instant and can be devastating.  Most accidents can be avoided.  Please take the time and share this with friends and family. It could help save a life.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 


Carlsbad Springs accident results in death and serious personal injuries

Accident Carlsbad Springs

Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth …Regrettably, a 78 year old woman passed away as the result of an accident close to Carlsbad Springs, close to Devine Road and Frontier Road.  Ottawa paramedics arrived at the accident scene and performed CPR before she was rushed to an Ottawa hospital. Sadly, she later died of her injuries. Another 3 people  also suffered personal injuries  in the accident ; thankfully they’re in stable condition. Ottawa police are investigating the accident.

Our personal injury lawyers help families throughout eastern Ontario , including Carlsbad Springs. We understand that when a family loses a loved one in an accident, they are suffering.  These are some of the most difficult days of one’s life.  We understand this extreme state and we want to help. Our personal injury lawyers can help by advocating for you and your family and making sure your family receives proper accident benefits compensation for the death of a loved one.  Things such as funeral expenses, visitors expenses, loss of income etc.. need to be paid and the last thing on a family’s mind should be expenses. We take over and take care of this for our clients.  We know what’s important and what families need now and what will be need down the road.

We wish we could turn back the clock and bring loved ones back, but we can’t. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers can help change the future however we can help with your future. Let us help.

 


Ottawa accident Bank street results in personal injury. Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares report.

Ottawa Accident

Ottawa Accident Lawyers… An Ottawa accident on Bank Street yesterday morning has left 3 people with personal injuries. 2 of the accident victims were pregnant. The Ottawa accident occurred close to 11 am on Bank Street between Blais and Rideau road. One vehicle was carrying 2 women in their 20s and both suffered serious personal injury. One woman was treated for a possible broken pelvis and was rushed to an Ottawa hospital.

One car contained two women in their 20s. The passenger in that car was the most seriously injured. The woman, who was two months pregnant, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be freed by firefighters. Paramedics treated her for a possible broken pelvis, then took her to hospital where she was listed in stable condition. The driver of the car was 8 months pregnant and was also rushed to hospital for treatment. It was reported that she is in stable condition.  The driver of the other vehicle was an 80-year-old woman. She suffered severe chest injuries and remains in stable condition in an Ottawa hospital.

Ottawa Police need our help with this Ottawa accident

The cause of the accident is unknown and Ottawa police are investigating.  If you have any information that relates to this Ottawa accident, please contact the Ottawa Police.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits and insurance compensation.  Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer free consultations in your home, where we give you the best free legal advice for a potential personal injury lawsuit, based on the facts surrounding your accident. Typically, most insurance companies will cover expenses such as rehabilitation, lost income, house keeping, caregiver etc…depending on your injuries.

You owe it to yourself to get informed so you can make the right decision and take care of your future.