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 hire the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers

Ottawa lawyer David Hollingsworth discusses how to hire the best Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer..

Hiring a Ottawa personal injury lawyer is an important decision to make. You need to make sure that you choose carefully. When choosing  the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you and your family, think about the following:

-what is their experience?

-what is their track record?

-can they provide you with references of past clients? past cases?

-do they have a good website?

-are they prepared to take your case to trial ?

-have they been to a personal injury trial before?  You would be surprised by how many Ottawa personal injury lawyers shy away from taking a case to court and will settle for less to avoid doing so.

-do they have infrastructure in place?

-will they travel to you?

-can they refer you for medical treatments?

-do they have a good personal injury network?

-do they specialize in Ontario personal injury?

-are they up to date with what is going on in Ontario personal injury law?

-do they seem genuine?

-do you see yourself working well with this Ottawa personal injury lawyer?

-are they available to meet with you?

There are many more areas for you to explore when choosing the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you.  Do a little research, meet with them and go with your gut.  You will know right away whether or not they are the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for you or not. Don’t be swayed by the first personal injury lawyer that promises you millions of dollars in compensation.  Ask them how they plan on getting that amount of money and to provide other, similar cases where they have obtained similar compensation amounts.

Initial meeting with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer

Most of my initial meetings with personal injury clients are at someone’s kitchen table or hospital bed. I don’t do a song and dance about why I am the best Ottawa personal injury lawyer for them, I simply listen to their story  and then offer advice.  I like to give people time to think about the important decision of choosing the best lawyer for them. Don’t let a lawyer push you into deciding on the spot.  Give yourself time to make this very important decision.

Hiring the best personal injury lawyer for you and your family is crucial. Don’t sell yourself short.

 

 


Ottawa accident electric bicycle results in serious head injury and leg injury.

E-bike Accidents

Is an e-bike considered to be a motor vehicle?

No, to operate an e-bike:

  • a driver’s licence is not required
  • there is no written test required to operate an e-bike
  • there is no vehicle registration or plate required for an e-bike
  • there is no motor vehicle liability insurance required
  • to operate, ride or be a passenger on an e-bike you must be older than or 16 years of age
  • requires drivers and riders  to wear an approved bicycle/ motorcycle helmet.

If you have been injured in an e-bike accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits as a cyclist would be . Regardless of whether or not you have your own insurance policy you have rights as an e-bike rider and passenger should you be in an accident. Our personal injury lawyers travel throughout Ottawa and eastern Ontario offering free consultations and helping people determine what their options are in a personal injury lawsuit.

In most instances, the initial meeting is simply a meeting to share the details of your accident and the extent of injuries. This information is enough for experienced personal injury lawyers to provide your with the insight you need and give you all the information regarding your personal injury lawsuit and the amount of personal injury compensation you might be entitled to.

If you have any questions, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss what Ontario accident benefits you may be entitled and how to receive maximum compensation for your injuries. There are many areas involved in accidents and insurance claims. E-bikes are relatively new to the laws and it is critical that anyone driving an e-bike, as well as their family members , are informed as to how it works when it comes to insurance and accident claims. It’s not always clear and best that you sit with an experienced lawyer and allow them to walk you through it all.