Ontario government looking to reduce Ottawa accidents and accidents throughout Ontario.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers for Safer Roads and Fewer Accidentsontarioaccidentcycling

written by Qasim Ebrahimi

Ontario’s Safer Roads Act

The Ontario government passed the Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act, which makes a number of amendments to the Highway Traffic Act in an effort to improve road safety.  Some of the new measures will come into force over the coming months, while others may take up to a couple of years.  These measures affect drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, in addition to increasing the fines for distracted driving and “dooring” cyclists.  The amendments will include the following, in addition to a number of other changes:
 

Ontario Bicycling

 
·         Traffic control signals that are specific to bicyclists will be allowed to be implemented.  In locations where there are both bicycle traffic control signals and regular traffic control signals, bicyclists will be required to obey the bicycle traffic control signals.
 
·         Bicyclists will no longer be prohibited against riding or operating a bicycle along a cross walk.
 
·         The driver of a motor vehicle in overtaking a bicycle will be required to maintain a distance of at least one metre, as nearly as practicable, between the vehicle and bicycle.
 
·         Bicycles will be permitted to be ridden or operated on the paved shoulder of a highway that is divided into two separate roadways.
 

Ontario Pedestrian Safety

 
·         Drivers will be required to remain stopped at a pedestrian crossover or school crossing until the person crossing the street and the school crossing guard are off the roadway.  Drivers were previously allowed to proceed once the person crossing and the school crossing guard are no longer on the driver’s half of the roadway.
 
·         In addition, when a pedestrian is crossing on the roadway within a pedestrian crossover, the driver of a vehicle approaching the crossover is required to stop before entering the crossover, and is prohibited from overtaking another vehicle already stopped at the crossover.  
 
·         Pedestrians or persons in a wheelchair must not enter a crossover and into the path of a vehicle or street car that is so close that the driver cannot stop.
 

Making Ontario’s Roads Safer Act Penalties

 
·         Currently, drivers are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle on a highway if the display screen of a television, computer or other device in the motor vehicle is visible to the driver, with certain exceptions such as a GPS unit that is providing navigation information, a collision avoidance system, speedometer etc.  as provided under the Highway Traffic Act.    In addition, drivers are prohibited from holding or using a wireless communication device such as a cell phone, or other hand-held entertainment device, with certain exceptions such as hands-free mode etc. as provided under theHighway Traffic Act. The penalties for being convicted of an offence in contravention of these prohibitions will be a fine between $300 and $1,000.
 
·         Currently, drivers and passengers are prohibited from opening the door of their motor vehicle without first taking due precautions for the safety of other persons or vehicles.  The penalty on conviction of an offence in contravention of this prohibition increases from a fine of between $60 and $500 to between $300 and $1,000.
 
Other
 
·         Currently, drivers are required to slow down and move into another lane when approaching a stopped emergency vehicle with its red or red and blue lights flashing.  Drivers will be required to do the same for a tow truck stopped with its amber lights flashing.
 
·         In addition to being prohibited from attaching themselves to and being towed by a vehicle or street car on a highway while riding or operating various devices (bicycles, toboggans, roller skates, etc.), persons are prohibited from doing the same with skateboards, in-line skates and any other type of conveyance.
 
I’m sure we can all agree that the number of accidents in Ontario and Ottawa accidents should decrease.  Sometimes, simple small steps is all it takes. The Ontario government is implementing a few small changes in the hopes of better and safer roads. Let’s all work together and do whatever we can to protect our drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Stay safe on our roads !
 

Avoiding Ottawa Accidents by removing snow. Lawyer David Hollingsworth explains.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth gives some advice on how to avoid a personal injury.

Now that the snow in Ottawa, Ontario is here, motorists are digging their cars out of snow banks, ditches and even their own driveways. It’s important that you take care in doing so.

The following tips can help keep you safe and avoid an accident and more importantly a personal injury:

-Dig your tail pipe out as you don’t want to be overcome with carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to extricate your car while its exhaust system is clogged. It is devastating how many people die each year due to carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have passengers waiting in your car as you are clearing it off, ensure the tail pipe is free and clar of snow.

-Clear the snow away from the top of your car, windshield and rear view mirrors. Snow on your mirrors and wind shield will prevent visibility, but snow slipping from the top of your car while your are driving can also prevent visibility and be the cause of an accident. You don’t want to be driving and have a huge chunk of ice fly into your windshill. Neither do others.

-Wear bright clothing, put up a road flair and use flashlights while digging your car out on a roadside in the evening or after dark. You don’t want to become a pedestrian accident.

-Take breaks while doing the digging so you don’t get a back injury or worse yet, over strain your heart.

These are just some safety tips to help you stay safe. Winter driving offers up a whole new set of challenges. You reduce your chances of being involved in an accident if you take the time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the road. For more information on Ottawa accidents, prevention and personal injury visit www.ottawainjury.ca or call 613 978-9549. Take care and be safe out there, David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer


Ottawa motorcycle attorney reports rise in Motorcycle accidents results in increase in head injuries, accident deaths,

As an Ottawa lawyer, I seem to be getting calls almost daily about bicycle accidents and motorcycle accidents victims needing an Ottawa lawyer.  It seems like there are more and more each day.  Are there more people on motorcycles and bicylces?  I recently came across this on a related law blog and thought I’d share it with you…

Consumer Reports recently posted an article about the rise in motorcycle fatalities and also about the fact that supersport motorcycles have been found to be the most dangerous type of motorcycle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcycle deaths have doubled in the past 10 years reaching 4,810. And although these deaths have been on the rise, car accident deaths have been steadily decreasing.

According to the IIHS the supersport bike riders’ deathrate is four times higher than other bike riders. These bikes made up less than 10 percent of registered motorcycles in 2005 but accounted for over 25 percent of rider deaths. The fatality rates for cruiser and standard riders was 5.7 deaths per 10,000 registered motorcycles. Touring bikes, such as the Harley example, averaged 6.5 deaths, with sport having 10.7 deaths per 10,000.

According to the study, speeding and driver error were bigger factors in the fatalities involving supersport bikes in comparison the other types of motorcycles. Alcohol was also a factor in 19% of the supersport fatalities, however it was an even bigger factor in the touring, standard and cruiser motorcycles.

Although there are more people riding motorcycles, there are fewer people deciding to wear a helmet while riding. The most effective way found to reduce head injuries is to wear a helmet that meets all of the federal safety standards. Of the motorcycle fatalities in 2005, 700 of those lives could have been saved if they were wearing a helmet.

It’s hard to believe these numbers are so high, but they are.  Please, if you are out there on a motorcycle or bicycle doeverything you can tpo make yourself safe and ALWAYS wear a helmet..drive safely  —


Ottawa accident lawyer shares statistics on accidents..

Ottawa Car Accident

As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I can honestly say these statistics are alarming . More than 1 million vehicles in Canada are involved in accidents each year.

Here are a few accident statistics from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Road Safety Annual Report 2004:

  • Ontario had a population of 12,407,300, of which 8,655,597 were licensed drivers.
  • 421,870 drivers were involved in a collision (316,856 property damage only, 93,207 personal injury, 1,208 fatal collisions)
  • 136,402 people (not just drivers) were involved in personal injury collisions.
  • 799 died (433 drivers, 191 passengers, 104 pedestrians, 19 bicyclists, 47 motorcycle drivers/passengers).
  • 3,565 received major injury (admitted to hospital).
  • 29,918 received minor injury (went to hospital, treated in emergency room, but not admitted).
  • 39,525 received minimal injury (did not go to hospital when leaving the scene of the collision; includes minor abrasions, bruises, complaint of pain).
  • 4,505 pedestrians were injured and 104 were killed due to auto accident.
  • Lowest risk of accident: males and females 16 years old (at this age, individuals have a G1 license that allows them to drive only with an experience driver, often a parent).
  • Highest risk of accident: males 17 years old (6.01% had accidents) and females 18 years old (7.29% had accidents). It seems that, by this age, they are driving on their own. On their own with little experience.
  • The percentage of drivers who have a collision, based on age, generally drops lower each year after this for both females and males.
  • The good news in this report is that 2004 had the lowest number of fatalities ever recorded in the province. Ontario also had the lowest number of accidents per capita of any jurisdiction in North America.

Every driver, pedestrian and cyclists needs to do their part in reducing the number of car accidents and injuries related to car accidents each year.  The statistics don’t lie and there is a lot we can do to lower the number of accidents on our roads each year.  Let’s do it.


Personal Injury Insurance Claims, David Hollingsworth- Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth. Ontario Accident Benefits Insurance Claims in Canada If you are injured as the result of an Ontario accident you are entitled to make a personal injury claim and receive certain accident benefits. A top Ontario personal injury lawyer can help you maximize your accident benefit and ensure that you are receiving everything you need not only now but in the future. The following is a list of Ontario accidents benefits to which you may be entitled.  It is important to also know that even if you do not have your own car insurance, you can still be entitled to receive compensation through a fund set up by the Ontario government that supports Ontario accident victims with no car insurance.  Again, a top top Ontario personal injury lawyer can help you set this up and get you maximum compensation for your personal injuries.

Income Replacement Benefits

Non-Earner Benefit Caregiver Benefits

Medical Benefits

Rehabilitation Benefits

Attendant Care Benefit

Maximum Medical Rehabilitation & Attendant Care Benefits

Payment of other Expenses

Death Benefits Funeral Expenses

Optional Benefits

If you need more information regarding personal injury lawsuits in Ontario or Ontario accident benefits, please don’t hesitate to call one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer at 613-978-9549

 


Personal Injury Lawsuits- When to see a Personal Injury Lawyer- David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Ontario

How Soon Should I See a Lawyer After a Personal Injury Or Accident?

How to Avoid Losing Your Prospective Settlement:

David Hollingsworth, Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer, recommends that you learn as much as possible about your options AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you or your loved ones have been hurt in a personal injury accident. Read on to learn more.

More often than not, victims of a personal injury accident (such as a motor vehicle or slip and fall, etc) wait too long before seeking the help of a lawyer. This often ruins any prospective chance of success in their case.

People wait too long before seeing a lawyer for various reasons, which may include:

Fear of the Process (Expenses, etc)

Fear of the legal process is a common concern for many people unfamiliar with the realm of personal injury law. At my law firm, I offer an initial, confidential and free consultation for all clients. I strive to help you in this consultation by learning as much as possible about your injury, your goals, and how I can help you to achieve your goals.

Embarrassment (Confidentiality)

Embarrassment can be another barrier for many seeking help after a personal injury. I always emphasize the strict professional and confidential nature of my practice; there is nothing embarrassing about the road to recovery and claim settlement; it is my job to ensure that your voice is heard, and you are given all and everything of what you rightfully deserve.

Physical considerations.

If physical considerations such as confinement to a hospital bed or home exist, I am always happy to accommodate accordingly with a free no risk consultation where you are most comfortable. I will visit you in your place of recovery to help answer your immediate questions and concerns about your situation.

Procrastination

Finally, procrastination is another unfortunate reality with many victims of personal injury. As we have discussed, waiting too long to see your lawyer can spell doom when it comes to the prospect of your successful settlement and recovery.

Summary
These four enumerated barriers to meeting with a lawyer can mean that your claim is ruined. “Limitation periods” can affect your ability to gain what you rightfully deserve; once a limitation period has expired, it generally prohibits you from successfully lodging a claim.  In Ottawa and the province of Ontario generally, you are granted two years to advance your claim, starting from when you first knew or ought to have known you have a cause of action to advance a claim. In practice, this is generally the date of your personal injury or accident.  In special circumstances, the limitation period varies. With minors, for example, the limitation period begins to run as soon as that person arrives at the age of majority.

Action

These variable circumstances emphasize the importance of consulting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer such as David Hollingsworth as soon as you have the opportunity after your accident or personal injury. A top Ottawa personal injury lawyer will be able to advise you and your family on the most appropriate steps to take in a situation of minor or tragic personal injury, so that you can secure and protect your valuable interests and better cope with the trauma and pain of your injury or loss. A good personal injury lawyer can enable and empower you with the guidance and support necessary to have a smooth, and successful recovery after your accident, and to secure and protect the interests of you and your loved ones.

David Hollingsworth is a leading Personal Injury Lawyer in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. For more information regarding your personal injury case visit www.ottawainjury.ca or contact David directly at 613 978-9549.