Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth shares condolences and boating safety tips following boating accident and tragic death of Zachary Armstrong.

A tragic boating accident has led to the death of an 18 year old young man from Hastings Highlands Township.  Zachary Armstrong drowned Saturday in an accident while driving his boat. Bancroft  OPP responded to the call on Mephisto Lake at 10 a.m. and discovered that Zachary  had fallen from the boat he was driving  by himself and had that nearby cottagers had been looking for him for some time but had been unable to find him.  Eventually divers located his body and he was pronounced dead.

A boat is considered to be a motor vehicle and like motor vehicles are in involved in serious accidents. Sadly, every summer we lose valuable lives in swimming and boating accidents.  Accidents can happen to anyone and are sometimes out of our control.  There are steps you can take to help reduce your chance of a boating accident such as…

Check the weather before you go out.

Equip your boat with all safety equipment

Make sure you have your  Pleasure Craft Operator Card

Know the rules and use common sense

Know the waters you are navigating in

Never boat alone, always have a spotter

Always tell someone where you are going and how long you expect to be

Wear a life jacket and make sure all passengers are wearing their life jackets properly fitting

Never drink and drive a boat

Sign up for a certified boating course

Constantly check your safety equipment and make sure nothing is defective

Please make sure you take all the necessary steps to ensure you  have a safe boating experience. Tragedies such as Zachary’s serve as a reminder for us all that anything can happen in an instant. My thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.


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


Vanier pedestrian accident Beechwood results in serious leg injuries.

Vanier Pedestrian Accident

Ottawa Pedestrian Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth.

Sadly, a 54 year old woman is in serious condition after an Ottawa accident in Vanier on Tuesday morning. Ottawa Paramedics responded to the accident scene on Marier Avenue, close to Beechwood Avenue. The accident victim was on foot and was trapped under the vehicle. She suffered serious personal injury to her legs. I wish her a full recovery.

Because pedestrians are not protected by a strong frame such as a vehicle or the safety of a seat belt, most pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, spinal injuries and sometimes death. Often times , the injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident result in permanent catastrophic injuries, and are life-altering, for not only the person injured, but their family as well.

Compensation for pedestrian accidents

In most cases, pedestrians are entitled to compensation through the driver’s accident benefits insurance company. These benefits typically include are , rehabilitation expenses, medical expenses, treatments and compensation for pain and suffering.

Experienced accident lawyers know how to help.   You need to focus on your healing and leave the rest to our personal injury lawyers. We can start by commencing an action on your behalf by notifying the insurance company of your intention to make a personal injury claim.  We will then order the police reports, required reports  and accident benefit forms, fill them out and submit your OCF forms within the prescribed timelines. It’s our job to help you in every way we can so you can focus on healing. We will ensure you are being treated fairly by the insurance company and that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and are able to rebuild your life comfortably after your accident.



Ottawa teenage cyclist accident McArthur avenue and Lafontaine results in serious personal injury: back injury.

Ottawa Cycling Accident

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyers David Hollingsworth and Associates.

A 14 year old boy remains in an Ottawa hospital after being hit by a vehicle yesterday when he was riding his bicycle. The Ottawa cycling accident occurred at the corner of McArthur Avenue and Lafontaine Avenue in the early morning hours. The teenage Ottawa cyclist was hit and landed on the hood of the car that hit him and then fell to the ground. He suffered very serious personal injury; including a back injury. He remains in stable condition. I’m thankful he is alive and my thoughts go out to his family and friends at this very stressful time.

Personal Injury Lawyers Ottawa-

Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers meet regularly with people who have been injured in a cycling accident in Ottawa or eastern Ontario.  What many cyclists are unaware of are their rights when it comes to making a personal injury claim.  Depending on whether or not the cyclist has their own automobile insurance policy, there are many options available .  It’s important to get the correct information so that when it comes time to making important decisions for the future, you are well informed and have followed the proper steps. Our lawyers can help you. We understand, we care and  we’re here to help. We know you have questions, let us answer them.  Let us help.

Kanata accident Corkstown Road and Moodie results in critical head injury.

Kanata Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Sadly , A 20 year old man has suffered serious personal  injury, following an accident in Kanata early Saturday morning. The Kanata accident occurred just before 3 a.m. at Corkstown Road and Moodie Drive. The young man was driving alone at the time of the accident. Ottawa Paramedics reported that  he suffered several traumatic injuries: most serious was  a critical head injury. The accident victim was rushed to the Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus trauma unit and was listed originally in critical condition and was later upgraded to serious condition. My thoughts go out to his family and friends and this very stressful time.  Thankfully he is in great care in the trauma unit. I hope to soon report better news on this young man.


Ottawa accident bank street results teen with a serious head injury and leg fractures

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth..An Ottawa accident has left a teenager with serious personal injuries.  Bank Street between Snake Island Road and Spring Hill Road is closed due to  a head-on collision accident that left  17-year-old girl with very serious personal injuries this morning. the Ottawa accident happened at 9 a.m. , when a tractor-trailer and a car hit.  The 17 year old driver of the car suffered a head injury and serious injury and fractures to her leg. I hope to soon be able to share better news with you and I hope she is able to recover fully from this accident…

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