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 neurosurgeon Dr. Vassilyadi and child head injury, study calls for new helmet

Ottawa Head Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Brain Injury Attorneys….Ottawa-based neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Vassilyadi has conducted a research that shows hockey helmets are the most effective at protecting children and preventing serious head injury to children tobogganing. The experiment conducted by Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, the neurosurgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and also a professor at the University of Ottawa, tested helmets designed for hockey, downhill skiing and cycling. Dr. Vassilyadi and his Ottawa team simulated the  potential impact that might occur while tobogganing. The findings were amazing. Hockey helmets were determined to be the safest, over bicycle helmets. This is especially true if the hockey helmet has a face shield guard. Dr . Vassilyadi noted that often times, when a child suffers a tobogganing injury, they often have facial injuries such as torn lips, broken teeth,  broken nose, or eye injuries.

The bottom line is that any helmet is better than none for tobogganing. So if you can’t have access to a hockey helmet, then please grab whatever helmet you have when you take your kids out tobogganing.  As an Ontario personal injury lawyer who has had many clients with severe head injuries, I am in complete agreement with Dr. Vassilyadi and support is desire  to see a helmet created for outdoor winter activities such as tobogganing and skating. It really does seem crazy not to.

Dr Vassilyadi explained that collisions in tobogganing are usually to the front of the head, whereas ski accidents usually involve impacts to the side of the head, where ski helmets were the most effective. Again this just goes to show that there is a need for a specific helmet to be designed for tobogganing , as there is currently no helmet specifically designed to protect the front of the head on impact.

All this to say, do everything you can to keep your little one’s (and yourself) safe. Take every safety step you can.  A child brain injury or head injury is life altering. Enjoy this winter and all it’s wonderful activities, but please be safe.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ottawa  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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Avoiding head injury and brain injury : FREE helmets available. Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..

Before I head out to the outdoor rink with my son for a quick skate before bed, I wanted to quickly share a great safety resource with you in the hopes of reducing an accident resulting in a serious head injury and brain injury.  There are far too many hockey, skating and ski accidents in adults and children that lead to serious and permanent injuries.  Wearing a  helmet is one very simple step to take to help protect yourself and avoid a possible head injury or brain injury.  Please, please play safely out there and WEAR A HELMET !

Are you looking to purchase helmets?  Safe Kids Canada and Canadian manufacturer, Seven Star Sports, are pleased to provide low-cost helmets for all sports, including cycling, skiing, snowboarding and hockey. A portion of all sales will go to supporting Safe Kids. Please feel free to share this information  with family, friends and colleagues.

To place your order, visit the Safe Kids website and click on one of the PDF links, print and fill out the form and send it by e-mail to: tarick1@sevenstarsports.com or by fax to: 905-574-7082

For questions about your order, please contact Seven Star Sports directly at: 1-888-52-7STAR (7827) or 905-574-9270 .

The following helmets are available:

  • Bike Gear Bicycle Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Multi sport and Deluxe Helmet form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet with Face Cage form
  • Pro-Star Ice Hockey Helmet form
  • Ski – Winter Sports Helmet form

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Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ontario injury victims get the help they need after a serious Ontario accident.  Due to his vast experience with personal injuries, David understands the added pressure and stress associated with this personal injury.  David takes his cases on contingency, which means, you don’t pay him anything, until he gets you your money.  Call for a free consultation 613-978-9549. For more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca

If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  

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Ottawa personal injury lawyer supporting Ontario pedestrian accident study.

As an Ottawa accident lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am very pleased with the recent announcement that a new study into pedestrian deaths will be done by the Ontario Coroner’s Office. The Ontario pedestrian study is calling for Ontario residents to offer personal insight into pedestrian deaths.  This brings relief to not only myself, but many families and friends who have lost a loved one in an Ontario pedestrain accident or whose loved ones have suffered serious injury such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or broken bones. The study will hopefully reveal what many already know…we need to make our pathways safer. Some are calling for more protected, better marked pedestrian walkways on busy roadways. The Ottawa Police are also anticipating the study will help identify trends and predictors to the fatal Ottawa collisions.

Sadly, to date in 2011, 7 Ottawa pedestrians were killed in Ottawa accidents, the same number as in all of 2010. This is tragic! Not to mention that many other pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury. The Ottawa pedestrain accident statistics are very disturbing. In 2010  there were 390 pedestrians who suffered serious personal injury in Ottawa accidents. The goal of the coroner’s probe is to identify common factors in the wrongful deaths and to make recommendations to avoid future pedestrian accidents in Ontario. The study aims to look at accident trends across Ontario, education needs, enforcement needs , engineering through cities and municipalities.  The Ontario coroner’s office review will focus on deaths from 2010, with the report scheduled for release in spring 2012. In my opinion, as an Ottawa accident lawyer, this report can’t come soon enough !

The following are some statistics that relate to Ottawa pedestrain accidents:

2006 – 389, 2007 – 372, 2008 – 380, 2009 – 385, 2010 – 390

I know it goes without saying.  Some accidents are out of our control. Please be extra cautious when walking on busy streets.  Keep your head up, eyes open, but your phone away and focus on your surroundings.  It may very well save a life.

———————- 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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Ontario boating accidents, Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

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It looks like it’s going to be a great start to the summer this week.  If you are planning on being out on the water , please keep in mind some basic boating safety .  There are far too many Ontario boating accidents in Ontario each summer. As an Ontario boating accident lawyer, I wish to remind you that boats (including  jet skis and sea doos) are motor vehicles and often times people  forget that driving rules apply when operating a motor vehicle on the open water. As an Ontario boating accident lawyer, I represent victims of boating accidents who have suffered serious injury and wrongful deaths resulting from serious boating accidents in Ontario. Most often, with Ontario boating accidents, alcohol is a contributing factor. We all know not to drink and drive a car, but this also needs to be the rule when it comes to boating.

Boating Accident Statistics

The Recreational Boating statistics in 2010 indicated that alcohol contributed to 19 % of boating deaths, which means that alcohol was the leading contributing factor in all fatal boating accidents. This shocking statistic is an increase by 3% points from 2009, when alcohol was indicated as the leading contributing factor to 16 5 of boating deaths. The primary contributing factors in most boating accidents were alcohol, speed, driver inattention, improper lookout and inexperienced drivers.

A Canadian Red Cross study covering 15 years of boating deaths in Canada (1991 to 2006) found that of 2,232 people who drowned or died of hypothermia, only 12% were wearing a life jacket properly. Approximately 85% of boating deaths occur in Canada’s fresh waterways, according to a 10-year study by the Canadian Red Cross published last year. According to the study, 393 recreational boaters drowned in B.C. between 1991 and 2006, accounting for 18% of all such deaths in Canada. Contributing factors in the deaths were lack of flotation devices, water temperature and drinking. 68% of drowning victims were not wearing a life jacket, and of those, 27% of motorboaters had life jackets on board but chose not to wear them, while 13% of people in nonmotorized boats died with their flotation devices stowed out of reach. Boaters who don’t have enough life vests on board face a fine for every life jacket they’re missing.

Please, be safe out there and enjoy the water and this beautiful summer we are having!

 


What to do when your tires skid…Winter safety driving tips, Ottawa Lawyer

Ottawa lawyer shares some safe driving tips…drivesafely

Accidents happen in a split section and are generally out of our control. There are however certain things you can do to help yourself and hopefully avoid an accident. It’s hard not to panic in an accident situation.  My advice to you is read and re-read these safety tips. Try to ingrain them in your mind. Visualize yourself actually following these safety tips.  They could save your life and the lives of others.

Avoid the accident: If the rear tires of your vehicle skid, you should…

  1. Remove  your foot immediately off the accelerator.
  2. Turn your steering wheel  in the direction you want the front wheels to go. If your rear tires are sliding left, steer left. If they’re sliding right, steer right.
  3. If you start to fishtail, turn the steering wheel gently towards that side. You might have to steer left and right a few times to get your vehicle completely under control. Don’t panic, stay focused.
  4. If you have standard brakes, gently pump them.
  5. If you have (ABS), anti-lock brakes don’t pump the brakes. Apply steady pressure to the brakes until they pulse — don’t worry or panic…this is normal.

Avoid the accident:  If the front wheels of your vehicle skid, you should…

  1. Remove your foot from the gas and shift to neutral, but don’t try to steer.
  2. As the wheels skid sideways, they will slow the vehicle and traction will return. Once you start to feel traction, turn the steering wheel in the direction you want to go. Then put the transmission in “drive” or release the clutch, and gently accelerate.

Avoid the accident: If your vehicle gets stuck, you should…

  1. Not spin your tires. This will only make things worse and dig you in deeper.
  2. Turn your tires from side to side a few times to push snow or mud out of the way.
  3. Use a light touch on the gas, to ease your vehicle out.
  4. Use a shovel to clear away snow from the tires or underside of the vehicle.
  5. Pour sand, salt or any other materials that might give your tires some grip. Place it in the path of the wheels to help get traction.
  6. Try rocking the vehicle by driving gently in forward and reverse.

Most of all, stay calm !  Safe driving !

 


Ottawa Ontario Catastrophic Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Catastrophic Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer   …Catastrophic injuries can be the most physically, emotionally and financially devastating personal injuries. They range from spinal cord injuries to severe brain injuries and many devastating personal injuries in between.  With the help of an experienced Catastrophic Ontario injury lawyer, Ontario accident victims and their families can usually obtain maximum compensation by making a personal injury claim.catastrophic injury

A catastrophic injury is a life altering personal injury that usually often occurs suddenly and without warning. A catastrophic injury has live long implications, that usually become  apparent years after the accident. Ontario accident victims with catastrophic injuries and their families often don’t know where to start.  They have a long and difficult road ahead of them, not to mention an incredibly FULL plate. This is when they need an Ontario catastrophic injury lawyer most. A personal injury lawyer specializing in catastrophic injuries has the experience to take over and work at the getting the accident victim and their family the support, and compensation they need not only immediately but down the road.  Most catastrophic injury victims are unable to return to work.  The settlement amount awarded to catastrophic injury victims is often the only source of income; therefore it is so important to make sure that the Ontario personal injury lawyer that is hired is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to catastrophic injury compensation in Ontario.  For example, catastrophic injuries like brain injuries and spinal cord injuries are serious and complex personal injuries. Victims of catastrophic injuries need long-term medical care, and may never be able to work again. In addition to the physical pain and emotional pain of catastrophic injuries, the financial consequences are usually overwhelming. A personal injury claim can provide compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, along with other Ontario accident benefits.

What Types of Catastrophic Injuries Exist?

Catastrophic injuries include all types of injuries that occur suddenly and can cause long-term or permanent injury. It is common for catastrophic injuries to damage the central nervous system, which may in turn damage other bodily systems. Examples of catastrophic injuries are  amputation or dismemberment injury, brain injury, eye injury, foot injury, multiple bone fractures, serious head trauma, severe burn injuries, and spinal cord injuries.

What are the Causes of Catastrophic Injuries ?

The most common causes of a catastrophic injury are motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, and falls. A new report estimating the incidence and prevalence of spinal cord injury (SCI) in Canada has found that close to 86,000 Canadians are currently living with spinal cord injury and that an estimated 4,300 new cases of spinal cord injury occur in Canada each year, a baseline measurement of the extent of SCI in Canada that was previously unknown.

Of the current estimated 86,000 Canadians living with some form of SCI, 51% — or 44,000 —are living with SCI as a result of traumatic causes. It is estimated that of the 4,300 new cases of spinal cord injury in Canada each year, about 1,785 are as the result of traumatic injury from causes such as car accidents.

What are the Treatments for Catastrophic Injuries?

Proper medical attention is essential for all catastrophic injuries.  Beyond initial medical care, accident victims often require frequent medical visits and follow-up surgeries, involvement with social workers, home modifications, attendant care, rehabilitation and much more.  An experienced Ontario catastrophic injury lawyer will work with the accident victim’s professional team to ensure that they are getting everything needed for their clients best possible recovery.  The top Ontario catastrophic injury lawyers will work with doctors, social workers, registered nurses, life care planners, and other medical experts to establish the extent of the victim’s injuries and determine their future medical and financial needs. Understanding the complete effects of a catastrophic injury is essential in ensuring an accident victim receives maximum compensation.

Catastrophic Injury Compensation and lawsuits -What is a catastrophic injury entitled to?

Showing the extent of a catastrophic  injury can be  challenging.  Some catastrophic injuries such as a brain injury are “invisible”. Again, this is where the best Ontario personal injury lawyers  are extremely valuable.  Through experience, they know exactly what needs to be done to ensure that accident victims have all the proper medical experts and documentation to prove that maximum  compensation is needed for a catastrophic injury. There are a number of areas that can be compensated such as medical treatment costs, lost wages, dependent care costs, and the pain and suffering a victim and their family endures throughout this extremely difficult time. The top Ontario catastrophic injury lawyers  can make all the difference in the outcome of the financial future of an Ontario accident victim with a catastrophic injury.