Have a great, safe long weekend ! Ottawa Police targeting speeding and pedestrian accidents.

Personal Injury Lawyers in Ottawa Ontario

We can all help in working towards reducing the number of accidents in Ottawa and Gatineau. In an effort to keep our streets safer, Ottawa Police and Gatineau Police are focussing on pedestrian safety and reducing speeding in the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

Did you know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 1,814 Ottawa/Gatineau accidents involving pedestrians which resulted in 1,706 personal injuries and 38 deaths.

Did you also know that…

Between 2008 and 2012, there were 16,033 Ottawa/ Gatineau accidents as a result of  speeding ? These accidents caused  4,543 personal injuries and 69 deaths.

Yes, accidents happen; however these accidents can often times be prevented.  The Ottawa community wants safer roads and if everyone does their part, we can have them.  The Ottawa Police are on board, Ottawa schools are on board, the community is on board and now we need every individual on board. There are many Ottawa community initiatives already in place to promote a safer and healthier community. This means all drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians need to be a part of a safer Ottawa environment. An accident can change your life in an instant and your life may never be the same again. I meet daily with families whose lives have been completely altered by an accident. An accident affects the lives of not only the injured but usually everyone around them; especially family members.

Set an example for your children. Please, talk to your kids about driving responsibly.  If you are the driver, remember these statistics the next time you are contemplating putting your foot on the pedal to get there sooner. Your health and the health of your family is incredibly important.

As we head into the long weekend, many people will be driving on highways to get to their destinations, I urge everyone to please drive safely and have a great, safe long weekend.

 


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 !

 


Ottawa Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer, Slip and Fall Compensation

Ottawa Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth

Although our snow seems to have disappeared this weekend, it will be back and it will be back with a slipandfallaccidentvengeance. One of the major hazards of living in Ontario is dealing with large amounts of snow and ice. Every winter, people living in Ontario and specifically Ottawa, receive a heavy dose of  winter white wonderland. While the sight of falling and accumulating snow can be pretty, a slip and fall accident on  snow or ice can be very painful and may have life and implications on your health.

Many people in Ontario and Ottawa don’t realize that landlords and homeowners have the responsibility of clearing snow and ice to prevent slip and fall injuries, as best as reasonably possible. If a person suffers from a slip and fall accident  while walking on snow or ice that should have been cleared, the injured victim can sue for damages associated with that slip and fall accident in Ontario.

With all of the dangers associated with winter walking, driving and travel during the winter in Ontario, it is important to know what to do after a slip and fall accident in Ontario.

What To Do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Ontario…

There are several steps that should be taken after an Ontario slip and fall accident.  Here is a brief overview:

Seek medical attention immediately: If the personal  injuries resulting from an Ontario slip and fall are serious, such as a brain injury or back injury and spinal cord injury, the victim should get immediate medical attention.

Note the scene of the accident: After a slip and fall accident where you have suffered serious personal injury, it is important to document the ground conditions. It is critical to remember whether the ground was snow covered, icy, uncleared or partially uncleared of snow, ice or other obstacles.

Gather evidence from the slip and fall accident: After a slip and fall accident in Ontario, gather evidence that include the slip and fall accident location , photos of the condition of the ground (use your phone), contact information of witnesses, such as names and phone numbers, and the landowner or homeowner where the Ontario slip and fall accident occurred.

Contact an experienced Ontario Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer

An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help an injured victim gather the best evidence, prepare the file  and  investigate who is responsible for the medical costs, personal injuries and lost wages after an Ontario  slip and fall accident in Ottawa.

After a serious Ontario slip and fall accident resulting in personal injury, it may be difficult to remember these crucial steps. If you are unable to gather evidence and report the slip and fall accident yourself, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer asap and have them help you so you can focus on your recovery from your slip and fall accident and they can work on getting you maximum compensation for your personal injuries.  You have been through enough, let an experienced slip and fall injury lawyer help you…