Accidents at Schools
I am once again asking all drivers to think about their driving and the decisions they make behind the wheel each day. I am thrilled to share with you that the Ottawa Police are focusing on school bus and school zone safety this month in the Ottawa area. Over the last few years, 9 people suffered personal injury in 41 schools zone accidents. These accidents were avoidable.
Another area of focus this month for Ottawa drivers will be to reduce the number of drivers making unsafe lane changes. There have been over 5500 Ottawa accidents in the last few years that were caused by unsafe lane changes. These Ottawa accidents resulted in 4 deaths and over 600 people suffering personal injuries. Again, these are accidents that can be avoided ! Ottawa police are working hard at lowering accidents in Ottawa with the end goal of preventing or eliminating deaths and serious personal injuries. As an Ottawa community, we all have our part in reducing the number of Ottawa accidents each year, especially school accidents. Let’s all work together.
Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers have helped many people work through their options following an accident on school property or on a school bus. Sadly, accidents at schools happen regularly and children suffer serious injuries. You owe it to yourself and especially your child to meet with one of our personal injury lawyers experienced in child injury. We can sit down and walk you through your options free of charge so that you can make an informed decision on how best to proceed with a child injury on school property. Our personal injury lawyers can also help you meet with some of the top medical professionals in the Ottawa area when it comes to child injuries. Let us get your child maximum compensation and let yourself focus on your child.
Ottawa Accident Report
Ottawa Police are planning to make improvements to their accident reporting system. The accident reporting process should then be faster, safer, and more efficient due to the new technology being used as well as designated Collision Reporting Centres (CRC) in Ottawa.
Motorists who are involved in accidents and who have not suffered injuries and have a vehicle that can still be driven will be able to attend one of the three designated reporting centres (open 7 days a week ) . The accident report will need to be filed within 24 hours. Ottawa’s 3 reporting centres will be located at 474 Elgin Street, 211 Huntmar Drive and 3343 St. Joseph Boulevard.
On average, it takes 32 minutes before an available officer arrives on an Ottawa accident scene and the accident reporting process takes approximately 72-minutes. Now, with the new system in place, the process will be quicker it will also alleviate traffic around the accident. Now under the new system, Ottawa accidents will be submitted electronically which will not only save time, it will save money , dropping the cost of each report $249 to $167.
If you plan on starting a personal injury lawsuit, you will need a police report. Our lawyers can order a copy for you if you do not have a copy. Contact an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for a free consultation and let us help you get all the supports and compensation you are entitled to.
Ottawa Accident ? How to report an accident in Ottawa.
The Ottawa Police services has a comprehensive website with valuable information for Ottawa residents. I stumbled across their accident reporting information and thought I’d share it with you.
- A police report is not required when damage to all vehicles is under $1,000.
- If there are personal injuries and the vehicle(s) cannot be driven, 9-1-1 should be contacted.
- If there are no personal injuries, but the vehicle(s) cannot be driven, call 613-230-6211
- If the vehicle(s) can be safely driven and there are no personal injuries, drive all vehicles to the same Police Station and file an accident report. Important to note: Accident reports cannot be taken over the phone.
The Ottawa Police Collision Investigation Unit …
is responsible for investigating all fatal and serious life threatening motor accidents. They also investigate hit and run/ fail to remain accidents.
If in doubt call the police and ask them what to do.Your next call may be to an Ottawa personal injury lawyer. They can advise you whether or not you may need a lawyer and whether its best to let them speak with your insurance company. Make sure to gather as much evidence as you can. Take pictures, write down the sequence of events in as much detail as possible. Most of all, take care of yourself first. Ensure you are safe and that you are not injured. If you think you might be seek medical attention immediately. The rest can wait.