Let’s eliminate dangerous driving. OPP launch Facebook site dedicated to sharing real stories of texting and driving and the dangerous outcomes.

Reduction in Ottawa accidents and the elimination of dangerous driving

Did you know that texting while driving increases your chances by more than 20 times to become involved in an accident ? The Ontario Provincial Police announced that although people who know how dangerous texting and driving is, drivers are continuing to text and drive. Sarah Anderson, of CFRA reported that the OPP have launched a new campaign  “Put Down the Phone and Leave it Alone” in an effort to educate people on the serious dangers of texting , talking and driving. One way they plan to hit home the message is to share stories publicly.  They are hoping that people will read true stories of people who have died from texting and driving or talking and driving and think twice about doing it themselves.  For example, recently a family released the final text their son wrote, which wasn’t completely finished, as he died while texting it. He was distracted and drove into oncoming traffic.

The OPP have set up a  Facebook page for such stories. They are encouraging people to contribute stories of near-misses, accidents and dangerous distracted driving. The goal is to have people rethink their own driving safety habits.

So far, there has been input from the public.  People are writing in stories that need to be shared. As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I sadly meet with families who have lost loved ones as a result of distracted driving.  These are senseless accidents and can absolutely be avoided.  We worry so much about new teenage drivers, it is important to note that if you have children in the car, you must lead by example.  Your children will watch what you are doing, If they learn from you that it is ok to text and drive occasionally, guess what ? They will text and drive.  Talk to your children and highlight the fact that you can’t answer your emails or text, as you are driving and driving and texting is not an option. Please, please put your devices far away from the wheel. This will avoid any temptation you may have .  If it’s far enough away, you can’t grab it.

Texting and driving has become a serious problem and we must put an end to it. Regardless of how many years you have been driving you cannot text and drive.  It takes a split second for an accident to happen. That accident could kill you, your family or someone else.  If you don’t believe me, call me and I can share some very sad stories with you.

Let’s all work together to eliminate dangerous driving. It can be done. All we have to do is change our mindsets and our habits. Drive safely !

 


How to prevent motorcycle accidents..Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth

Ottawa Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer…www.ottawainjury.ca  It’s that time of year again when we will start seeing more and more motorcycles on our Ontario roads. Motorcycle drivers are much less protected on their vehicles and therefore need to take all safety steps possible to prevent accidents and personal injury. As well, all drivers need to be aware that we share our Ontario roads with motorcycles, bicycles and other vehicles. 

Thankfully Transport Canada has reported that the rate of deaths related to motor vehicle is slowly declining; however, the rate of motorcycle fatalities is on the rise. There are many possible reasons why this may be so.  There may be more motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle riders between the ages of 45 to 54 are the most common ages amongst motorcycle drivers.

Ontario motorcycle helmet use has improved. Unfortunately3.1 % of motorcycle riders still drive their motorcycles without one. Head injuries are still the leading cause of deaths involving motorcycle accidents and motorcycle drivers without a helmet are 40% more likely to suffer a fatal head injury, and also 15% more likely to suffer serious personal injuries. A study that was previously done indicated that helmets saved 1,800 lives of motorcycle riders involved in accidents in 2007.

Please drive and ride safely  …

—-The Ottawa Injury Lawyer Blog is written regularly by Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. The Ottawa Injury Lawyer 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.

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Ottawa Ontario Winter Weather, Increasing the Risk of Ottawa Car Accidents and Personal Injuries, Ottawa Personal Injury Law Firm

Ottawa injury lawyers discuss winter accidents and driving safety

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Our Ottawa Winter is showing no signs of leaving.  In fact, I think it is just revving up. Unfortunately, bad winter weather often results in bad winter car accidents, and slip and fall accidents.  Ottawa and Ontario drivers need to take extra care, to drive slower, and be on high alert. Inevitably, accidents will happen, despite driver’s efforts to be safe.  It’s important for you to know that if you should be unfortunate enough to become involved in an Ontario car accident, you need to be aware of the law, your obligations and your rights. This is where experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers are invaluable.

What to do if you’ve been in an Ottawa car accident

First and foremost, if you are involved in an Ottawa motor-vehicle accident, you should seek immediate medical attention. Your health is the number one priority and you should take care of yourself and your passengers. As a close second to immediate medical attention is your need to preserve evidence and to protect your interests from being lost. This involves getting the full and accurate insurance information and coordinates of the person who has become involved in the collision with your vehicle. Collect any witnesses’ information if they are available, such as their name, email, phone number, and address. I always recommend keeping a disposal camera in your car, to snap some quick pictures if you can. Your phone will usually have a camera, which will also suffice. Finally, get a police report from the attending officer or the nearest police station.

These measures will help to protect your interests, because when it comes time to consult with a top Ottawa Ontario personal injury lawyer, you will have the materials you need to start your case. For the majority of drivers, accidents are rare. Often a victim of personal injury collects all the right information but still fails to realize or understand their rights and/or liabilities. Your Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help in this regard. Ontario personal injury lawyers keep abreast of all the changes in insurance policies and Ontario personal injury law.  It is their job to keep informed of the latest information that relates to Ontario personal injury and use that information to best help you with your personal injury needs.

In summary, there are steps you must taken immediately after your Ottawa Ontario Motor-vehicle injury: (1) Seek immediate medical attention to ensure that you are physical, mentally, and in every way getting the medical and rehabilitative help you need (2) At the scene, strive to stay relaxed in order to remember to go through the motions, such as getting the information of the other driver (3) Contact your Top Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer to ensure that you do not lose out on what you may rightfully deserve by safeguarding and protecting your valuable interests.