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 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 a 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 ones (and yourself) safe. Take every safety step you can.  A child’s brain injury or head injury is life-altering. Enjoy this winter and all its wonderful activities, but please be safe.

 


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: [email protected] 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

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 [email protected]  

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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 [email protected]  (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!