Ontario insurance fraud affects you. Here’s how you can help…

Insurance Claims Lawyer

Did you know that the month of March has been deemed ” Fraud Prevention Month”.  I wanted to remind all  drivers that they can help to fight auto insurance fraud.
Unfortunately, people do abuse the auto insurance system and often times the insurance companies raise premiums as a result of faulty claims. There are ways to tackle this problem. It’s important to use a licensed insurance company, agent or broker when purchasing auto insurance. Go with someone you can trust. Talk or meet them first and see if you feel like it’s a good fit for you or not. The FSCO offers valuable information and a list of licensed insurance companies and agents in Ontario.  If you don’t know where to start; this is a great place. Suppose you are unfortunately in an accident. There are also steps you can also take to help avoid any insurance fraud being committed.
-Gather as much information as possible at the accident scene. If possible, take pictures.
-Get the contact information of other drivers, their drivers’ licence numbers and their licence plate numbers and insurance information. If possible, take a picture of the information they give you.
-Once your medical needs have been met, immediately file an accident report with the Police or if in a minor collision; the Collision Reporting Centre .You need to make sure that the accident has been legally reported.
-Ensure that you receive detailed repair bills and review them carefully.
If you suspect that someone is involved in insurance fraud, please report it to police. This is a problem that affects us all.
As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I feel very strongly about the abuse of auto insurance. There are people in accidents every day who need to be able to access much needed funds.  When insurance fraud takes place, it makes it more difficult for people to access the funds that really need it.  I also feel that auto insurance rates are so high already and we need to access even more to protect ourselves.  If the insurance companies weren’t raising the rates,more and more people could afford the much needed extra coverage. Most people feel the same as I do and the percentage of people who actually commit insurance fraud is low, I’m sure. If we could reduce it even more, that would be great.

 


Are you part of the Ottawa community? What you can do to reduce the number of Ottawa accidents each year. Lawyer David Hollingsworth asks for your help.

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 injury lawyers help 74 year old man after US bicycle accident.

Have you been involved in a US Accident?

Our Ottawa injury lawyers were thrilled to be able to help a 74 year old client last month. Sadly, he was riding a bicycle in the United States  when he was hit by a car.  Thankfully,  he was ok but he did suffer a fractured pelvis and a left tibia fracture. We were able to help him and negotiated on his behalf with the insurance company.  We were able to get him support and compensation as well as $107 500.00 for what he had been through. Our client was so thankful and we were happy to help.

Accidents that take place in another country can still receive compensation.  Many people are unaware that an Ontario personal injury lawyer can pursue a claim on their behalf. While accidents in other countries sometimes complicate a claim, experienced personal injuries lawyers know exactly what to do.

This is just one of many cases we were able to settle last month.  We have built such an incredible team of injury lawyers, paralegals and personal injury specialists that we are able to help hundreds of personal injury clients each year.  We have over 20 years of experience in Ontario personal injury law.We are fortunate that we are the ones who provide “good news” after a terrible and tragic event. Our clients have all been so wonderful and appreciative along the way.  We really do understand and care.  It’s our job as Ottawa personal injury lawyers to help make things better and we do.  If you want to ask us ANY question that relates to personal injury, Ontario insurance, Ontario accident benefits or accidents in general, we are here for you.  Email me david@ottawainjury.ca

David Hollingsworth, Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa -We understand, we care and we are always here to help ..


Tips for driving in freezing rain. Ottawa freezing rain warning in effect, starting this afternoon.

Avoiding Accidents in Ottawa: Driving in Freezing Rain

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth and Associates. Wow, the weather we are having this winter in Ottawa is unbelievable. Environment Canada has indicated that Ottawa needs to brace itself for freezing rain coming our way.  The freezing rain is supposed to start later this afternoon,which will make Ottawa roads dangerous and slippery.  If you can avoid going out this afternoon and tonight, please do ! On a better note, temperatures are supposed to rise overnight and Ottawa is expected to wake to temperatures hovering around 1o degrees celsius.

Please avoid accidents by:

-Giving yourself extra time to arrive at your destination.

-Allowing adequate distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

-Ensuring you have adequate windshield wiper fluid

-Checking your snow tires

-Driving slowly

-Staying in if possible

-Making sure your windows and lights are clear

– Not passing snowplows or salt trucks!

Ontario Accident Trivia: Did You Know?

98% of Eastern Ontario drivers utter the same first two words as they are about to go into a ditch after sliding on  ice or snowy roads . Do you know what they are ?

 Regardless of who is at fault in an accident, anyone injured is most likely entitled to Ontario accident benefits through Ontario’s no-fault insurance regime. We have a team of highly skilled personal injury lawyers who have a combined experience of over 25 years in Ontario personal injury lawsuits. If you have any questions or would like information on Ontario accident benefits and what to do if you’ve been in an accident in Ontario, we can help.  We can travel to you and give you all the information you need  to make an informed decision on whether or not you want to start a personal injury lawsuit after your accident. Let our history and experience work for you.

 


Ottawa Injury Lawyer on driving safety in eastern Ontario.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa, David Hollingsworth

It’s that time of year again when the roads become more dangerous and we are also spending more time on the roads visiting friends. In light of the recent freezing rain conditions here in Ottawa , I thought I would help provide a few reminders when it comes to travel safety…

What to have with you in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

Be prepared and have a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times with:

  •  ice scraper
  •  snow brush
  •  matches
  • candles
  •  flashlights
  •  flares
  • non-perishable snacks
  • rope
  • maps
  • booster cables
  • safety shovel
  • winter boots
  • blankets
  • gloves
  • cell phone
  • Have a HELP sign (to be placed on back of window)

What to do in difficult winter driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Keep windows, mirrors and lights free of obstructions.
  • Check  headlamps,  signals and tail lights are clear of  snow and ice
  • Clear off your car entirely, including side mirrors.
  • Install snow tires.
  • Add gas line anti-freeze to the fuel-tank when refueling in extremely cold weather.
  • Keep gas tank always be over 1/2 full.
  • Make sure you have properly functioning  windshield wipers.
  • Keep windshield washer fluid levels full.
  • Check engine oil and ensure you have winter weight oil   5W-30.
  • Keep battery dry, clean, well connected and free of corrosion .
  • Make sure tire pressure is balanced
  • Check tire condition
  • Check coolant level and mixture and have it flushed every two years.

What to do in freezing rain driving conditions in Ontario…

  • Avoid driving in freezing rain.
  • Allow extra time for travel.
  • Do not drive if there are whiteouts, freezing rain or blizzards.
  • Never drink and drive. Use a designated driver, taxis, walk or sleepover when possible.
  • Buckle up your seat belt.
  • Ensure all passengers are buckled up.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired.
  • Slow down.
  • Keep at least 2 chevrons between you and the vehicle in front of you.

An accident can happen in an instant and can be devastating.  Most accidents can be avoided.  Please take the time and share this with friends and family. It could help save a life.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

-Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth

 


Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyers who offer free consultations…

Ottawa lawyers free consultations

You may have a small case and are thinking of handling it on your own and just need some basic information on how to deal with an insurance company.  A free consultation from an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer may be all you need.  Most experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers offer a free consultaitons are are glad to help. They may even have formsavailable that you need instead of you going out and searching for them. The top Ottawa personal injury lawyers can also let you know if you have a case and what you might expect as a settlement from your insurnace company, so that you have an idea of what to expect when dealing with them.

Personal Injury Lawyer Ottawa

If  you suffered a more serious personal injury, it is always best for you to meet with an experienced personal injury lawyer before you decide which Ottawa personal injury lawyer you want to work with. Keep in mind that the next several months or years may be very challenging and you need to know that you can relate, approach and work well with your Ottawa personal injury lawyer.  As an Ottawa personal injury lawyer, I usually like to meet with new clients at the location of their choice, so I know they are comfortable.  I usually listen and gather the facts and then let them know what Ican do for them.  I often suggest they take sometime to think about their decision and then contact me when they are ready. I truly feel that this is the best approach for everyone involved. Throughout the process, I often also meet with accident victims family members.  These meetings are so important and valuable for everyone.

No matter what the severity of your personal injury, it is always best to consult with an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer before negotiating with your insurance company.  After all, it’s free to ask questions ! As one of the best Ottawa personal injury lawyers, I am pleased to offer free consultations. I offer my services in English or French and am happy to travel to meet you throughout Ontario.

 


Ottawa personal injury lawyer supporting Ontario pedestrian accident study.

As an Ottawa accident lawyer and Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am very pleased with the recent announcement that a new study into pedestrian deaths will be done by the Ontario Coroner’s Office. The Ontario pedestrian study is calling for Ontario residents to offer personal insight into pedestrian deaths.  This brings relief to not only myself, but many families and friends who have lost a loved one in an Ontario pedestrain accident or whose loved ones have suffered serious injury such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or broken bones. The study will hopefully reveal what many already know…we need to make our pathways safer. Some are calling for more protected, better marked pedestrian walkways on busy roadways. The Ottawa Police are also anticipating the study will help identify trends and predictors to the fatal Ottawa collisions.

Sadly, to date in 2011, 7 Ottawa pedestrians were killed in Ottawa accidents, the same number as in all of 2010. This is tragic! Not to mention that many other pedestrian accidents result in serious personal injury. The Ottawa pedestrain accident statistics are very disturbing. In 2010  there were 390 pedestrians who suffered serious personal injury in Ottawa accidents. The goal of the coroner’s probe is to identify common factors in the wrongful deaths and to make recommendations to avoid future pedestrian accidents in Ontario. The study aims to look at accident trends across Ontario, education needs, enforcement needs , engineering through cities and municipalities.  The Ontario coroner’s office review will focus on deaths from 2010, with the report scheduled for release in spring 2012. In my opinion, as an Ottawa accident lawyer, this report can’t come soon enough !

The following are some statistics that relate to Ottawa pedestrain accidents:

2006 – 389, 2007 – 372, 2008 – 380, 2009 – 385, 2010 – 390

I know it goes without saying.  Some accidents are out of our control. Please be extra cautious when walking on busy streets.  Keep your head up, eyes open, but your phone away and focus on your surroundings.  It may very well save a life.

———————- The  Ottawa Injury Blog is written regularly by Ontario personal injury lawyer David Hollingsworth. Since 1999, David has been an Ottawa injury lawyer representing Ottawa accident victims and the families of accident victims who have lost a loved one in an Ontario accident. This 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. If you have a question, feel free to call or email david@ottawainjury.ca  (613) 978-9549

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