Rain in Ottawa – Safe Driving Tips for Rain to avoid Ottawa car accident , Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Avoiding an Ottawa Car Accident

Although rain can be good for the grass and the tulips, it can be problematic on our roads and increase the risk of an Ottawa car accident. We can expect a lot of rain this week in Ottawa. We are so use to driving defensively in winter conditions but it is important to keep in mind that rain and wet roads  can also be dangerous and  it never hurts to be reminded….

  • Drive  slowly ! Drive at rate of speed that suits the weather conditions;
  • Pay careful attention to the car ahead of you and your surroundings;
  • Keep a wider following distance; some drivers forget to signal at times causing an abrupt stop for the cars behind;accidentsinrain
  • Try to avoid slamming on your brakes, this may cause your vehicle to skid and the roads are slick;
  • Visibility is already a problem, ensure your windows are properly defogged so you don’t add to this problem;
  • Ensure your windshield wipers are in working order and do not leave streaks; and
  • If it is dark ensure you are not over driving your headlights.

Ottawa Car Accident Accident Benefits

An Ottawa car accident can occur frequently on rainy days because road conditions. Please drive safely out there Ottawa and avoid the chance of  an Ottawa car accident. Regardless of who is at fault in an accident in Ontario, most injured are entitled to accident benefits. Accident benefits are benefits that you pay for each month through your own insurance company. Depending on the nature of the Ottawa car accident you’ve been involved in, you may receive accident benefits from your own insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver.  There are a number of different accident benefits available to people such are rehabilitation benefits, housekeeping benefits, income replacement benefits , attendant care benefits and many others, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries and coverage. Often times, people think if they were at fault or charged in the accident, they are automatically not entitled to accident benefits and this is simply not the case.

 


Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Tailgating Test..do you do it ?

Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses what exactly is a tailgate accident…We all have places to go and we all want to get there as quickly as possible.  I understand .  Many Ottawa accidents occur as a result of tailgating. As an Ottawa injury lawyer, I am reminded too often of the dangers of tailgating.tailgaitaccident

Tailgate Accidents , did you know…

  • That following closely and tailgating is the cause of the majority of rear-end collision accidents – which also accounts for 1/3 of all Ottawa accidents.
  • Between 2005 and 2007, 13,333 Ottawa accidents occurred, which resulted in 4,237 personal injuries and 11 deaths.
  • Most Ottawa accidents occur during morning rush hour, between 8:00 and 9:00 AM, then slowly taper off. Increasing gradually to peak at evening rush hour (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM) then again taper off during evening hours.
  • 72% of Ottawa accidents occur in clear, dry weather. 12% occur during rain,  and another 12% during snow or winter conditions.
  • Approximately 1/2 of Ottawa accidents occur at an Ottawa intersection.
  • Car accidents account for the majority of fatal accidents.
  • Approximately 30% of personal injury related Ottawa accidents occur when a driver disobeyed a red light.

What is considered tailgate?

What is a safe distance to travel behind other vehicles to avoid an Ottawa accident? Apply the two-second rule. It is the same method that is outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Driver’s Handbook. Use this test while driving.

  • Choose an object ahead of you on the road to use as a reference point– EX: road sign, pole or tree
  • Once the back-end of the vehicle ahead of you passes the reference point, start counting using steamboats.
  • Count how long it takes the front of your vehicle to reach the same reference point.
  • If it takes less than two seconds (or steamboats), you’re travelling too close and are risking an Ottawa accident.
    Important: In wet or slippery conditions, you should allow even more time. Allow yourself time to react and stop quickly and avoid an accident and serious personal injuries…. I came across this valuable information on the City of Ottawa’s website and thought I would share it with you. It make take a little extra time to get there, but avoiding an Ottawa accident and personal injuries….Please take your time and arrive safely…

Ottawa Ontario  Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth has been helping Ottawa and Ontario  accident victims since 1999. accident victims are entitled to accident benefits even if they do not have their own insurance.  The claim is made against the driver’s insurance company.  Many accident victims are unaware of the benefits to which they are entitled to. With extensive experience and knowledge of relevant accident and personal injury issues, David has recovered millions of dollars in settlements  on behalf of his accident clients. David has the experience and skill to help obtain maximum compensation. David offers free consultations and makes  home visits or hospital visits. Visit www.ottawainjury.ca for more information. David understands, he cares and he is here to help.

 


Check your car tires..Ottawa Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth Ottawa Accident Lawyer..Wishing everyone out there a great and safe long weekend.  Please drive, swim, bike, ride and boat safely !  According to Department of Transport Road Accident Statistics, the number of  car accidents caused by weather and snow covered roads increase in winter by 267 percent. Obviously we can’t control the weather conditions but  we can reduce car accident statistics considerably by replacing the tires according to the weather conditions.

Car tires and car accidents

Many Ontario residents and those who live in colder areas, change their car tires prior to start of winter season and again in spring or summer. This is done for the sake of safety as the experienced car drivers know that the ambient temperature is directly related with their tires performance.  The research also indicates  that ambient temperatures below 7 degrees celcius  potentially trigger hazardous driving conditions. Insurance companies statistics also support this view stating that the increase in car accident damage insurance claims increases drastically with the onset of colder weather. This is why it is extremely important to ensure you have tires that are in good condition.   Test rides have proved that whenever temperatures go below 7ºC, tire rubber become  hard and that results in less road grip. Fitting cold weather tires to our vehicles before winter season is the best solution to drive safely, even during the winter, rainy or snowing season, when temperatures are likely to go down below 7C. Cold weather tires provide better mileage while normal tires reduce the mileage up to 20 %. Cold weather tires contain more rubber that minimizes the hardening effect and gives extra grip in wet, cold or icy conditions. As a result, we get shorter breaking distances. Although it may be a hassle,  spending a few minutes for tires replacement at the change of weather twice a year for the sake of  safety is not only justified, it is essential. Even after adapting this practice, don’t forget to continually check the tires condition and pressure regularly.


Watch out for Ontario Changes to Car Insurance.. Ottawa Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Insurance Claims Lawyer David Hollingsworth Ottawa Accident Lawyer, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth- ..I know I keep harping about the upcoming changes to Ontario car insurance, but I am concerned and want to make sure you have a clear picture of what is going on for Ontario drivers.  It is important that you make an informed decision, when it comes to renewing your Ontario car insurance…

A serious personal injury claim is much more expensive than the cost of most vehicles. The most serious of personal injuries are not common, but could cost more than several vehicles. Personal injury is reported in 54 % of private passenger car (this includes motor vehicles)  accidents covered by car insurance. Nearly 1/2 of those personal injuries are more than minor.

Insurance claims companies reported 71,803 personal injury claims for Ontario accident benefits among the 138,568 property damage and collision claims involving Ontario’s more than 6 million insured, private-passenger vehicles in 2009. What does this mean? Based on the figures Dominion reports, there would have been nearly 39,000 minor personal injuries, more than 30,000 more serious personal injuries and more than 5,500 of the most serious personal  injuries. It’s important that drivers become more familiar with the Ontario personal injury coverage they now get with the mandatory portion of their car insurance, and what amounts they will soon have the option to buy.

Ontario Drivers renewing their car insurance after Sept. 1, 2010 may choose to buy $50,000 of medical and rehabilitation coverage, or pay extra to continue to have $100,000 over coverage for personal injuries that are neither minor nor catastrophic personal injury.

Ontario is  the only province with privately delivered insurance that allows the purchase of additional coverage. It will still be possible to buy $1 million of medical coverage instead of either the $50,000 or $100,000 limit. No matter what amount of coverage you have now, or choose to buy later, there will be a $3,500 limit on coverage for treatment of most minor personal injuries starting Sept. 1.

Other coverages, such as for housekeeping and child care while you are injured, will become optional and at an additional cost.  In my opinion, as an Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer, if you can afford this, it is well worth it, when you need it most. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) is expected to release its next quarterly report on the averages of approved rate changes sometime this month. Some time after that, Ontario insurance claim agents and brokers will be able to tell Ontario insurance policy holders about the sort of rate changes they are facing.

Many Ontario insurance companies have already begun publicizing these new changes and how they may “save” you money, when renewing your Ontario insurance; however keep in mind that the reduction you might face in payments, is minimal to the reduction you may face if ever you are involved in an Ontario car accident and have serious personal injuries.  Remember, the personal injury coverage is far more important than the coverage on your vehicle.

Please pass this on to anyone in Ontario who walks, drives, bikes, or rides !It affects us all..

If you have any questions, or need more information, visit www.ottawainjury.ca I would be happy to answer any other questions you may have,

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, serving Alexandria, Arnprior, Belleville, Brockville, Clarence Creek, Cornwall, Embrun, Gananogue, Hawkesbury, Kemptville, Kingston L’Orignal, Morrisburg, Napanee, North Gower, Pembroke, Perth, Peterborough, Picton, Prescott, Renfrew, Richmond, Russell, Smith Falls, and Tweed and all cities, communities, districts, municipalities, regions, towns, townships and villages in between.

 


Ottawa, Ontario spinal cord injury lawyer David Hollingsworth

What are the different Types of Spinal Cord Injury?

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Highly experienced spinal cord injury lawyers in Ottawa Ontario.

Complete spinal cord injury 

A complete spinal cord injury (SCI) results in paralysis below the site of the personal injury. This results in no feeling or voluntary movement, and both sides of the body are paralyzed equally.

Incomplete spinal cord injury 

An incomplete spinal cord injury occurs when part of the spinal cord is damaged as a result of  a tear, spinal cord compression or other spinal cord injury. Accident victims with an incomplete  injury may experience partial paralysis. Some feeling and voluntary movement can be  on one or both sides of the body. Incomplete spinal cord injury has become more common, thanks to advances in treatments. A person with an incomplete injury may have feeling return in the affected area, but will likely be in constant pain. The chronic pain can be extremely serious and debilitating, often leaving the injured  unable  to function. In most situations more active therapy helps to build strength and support function. Some people may walk again and others may never walk again. Every spinal cord injury is unique. David Hollingsworth and his Ottawa personal injury team understand this. For over a decade, David has been working with  accident victims work through their lawsuit and get the compensation they need not only for loss of income, , rehabilitation, a new home, modifications, custom vehicles etc…

You may need an experienced injury lawyer…

Suffering a catastrophic injury can be life-altering. Our injury lawyers work with our clients and their families to make sure that while their personal injury case is moving forward, that supports are being put in place. Some personal injury cases can take years to settle. In the meantime, people may not be able to work and their homes may need to be modified and made wheelchair accessible. Our personal injury team has access to some of the best case managers, social workers, therapists and resources available to people who have suffered a spinal cord injury. It’s our job , as injury lawyers , to ensure our clients get access to all of the resources available to them and then some!

If you or a member of your family has sustained an injury, please contact me by e-mail or call me directly at 613 978-9549. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer offers  free consultations to discuss your case and explain how we can help you. David Hollingsworth, Ottawa personal injury lawyer- representing accident victims throughout eastern Ontario.