Does Ottawa have more Car Accidents than Other Ontario Cities?

Ottawa-  According to a study by Allstate insurance company, Ottawa is one of the leading cities for car accidents.  Ranking after only Toronto, Milton and Brampton, Ottawa was described as having 6.1 collisions for every 100 vehicles on the road.

You might be tempted to think that weather plays a role in Ottawa’s high number of car accidents.  However,  according to the study, many serious car accidents happen on clear days in our city.

The Allstate spokeswoman reminds motorists that there are simple things you can do to minimize the risk of having a car accident.  She reminds drivers not to follow too closely; not to weave in and out of lanes; to allow enough time to get where you are going and to avoid yelling at your kids in the back seat.

Read more about the study here.

After an Ottawa Car Accident

If you are unluck enough to end up in an Ottawa car accident, there are steps you should take immediately.

  • First, you should ensure you are safe and out of harm’s way
  • Second, make sure you get appropropriate medical attention immediately
  • Third, call the police.  Remember that if the physical damage to your car is over $1000 or if there are any injuries, the police should attend your accident
  • Fourth, you should report your car accident to your own car insurance company and request accident benefit forms
  • Fifth, you should consult an experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyer.

The lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth PC meet and help car accident victims every single day.  We have obtained millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.

Auger Hollingsworth is conveniently located on Woodroffe Avenue, just south of Meadowlands.  No dealing with difficult downtown traffic.   We have free parking and are fully wheelchair accessible.   If you are not mobile, contact us and we will come to you.  Call our law firm at 613 860-4529.

Ottawa Pedestrian Accident On Greenbank Causes Serious Injuries

Ottawa-  A 69-year old man suffered serious injuries on November 27, 2012 when he was hit by a car as a pedestrian on Greenbank Road near Berrigan Drive.  The Ottawa pedestrian accident was reported in this article: http://www.canada.com/news/struck+suffers+serious+head+injuries/7617712/story.html

The accident victim is reported to be in stable but serious condition.  He suffered head injuries and needed a breathing tube.   Our firm wishes him a speedy recovery.

After a Serious Ottawa Pedestrian Accident

If you or a loved one are injured in a pedestrian accident, you may not realize that the pedestrian’s own car insurance is the first place to look for financial help.  Your own car insurance covers you for income replacement benefits, certain medical expenses that are not covered by OHIP as well as certain other optional benefits you may have purchased.  Make sure to report any pedestrian accident to your own car insurer right away.  They will send you a benefit application form to complete.

If you do not have your own car insurance, and you don’t live with someone who has car insurance, your staturory accident benefits will be covered by the insurance company that insures the car that hit you.  These benefits are available to you regarless of who caused the accident.    An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you sort out where to apply for accident benefits.

If you are not at fault for the accident, you may also have a claim for personal injury damages.  For example, you may be able to sue for pain and suffering, lost wages, out of pocket expenses and other losses you have suffered because of the Ottawa pedestrian accident.  To find out what that could mean in your case, contact Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation at 613 233-4529.

Our initial consulation is always free and there are no legal fees unless we win your case.

 

Fatal Accident Near Carlsbad Springs

Carlsbad Springs–  Sadly, a 78-year old woman died in a serious motor vehicle accident near Carlsbad Springs on Sunday, November 25, 2012.  The fatal car accident involved two cars at the intersection of Devine and Frontier Roads.

The accident happened around 5 p.m.  Read more about the motor vehicle accident in this CBC article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2012/11/26/ottawa-fatal-crash-carlsbad-springs.html

Steps to Take After a Fatal Accident

After a fatal motor vehicle accident, a family member should apply for no fault benefits (statutory accident benefits), usually through the accident victim’s own car insurance.  There is a death benefit that will be paid to dependants, regardless of who was at fault for the accident.

There is also insurance coverage to help pay for funeral costs up to a set amount.  An Ottawa personal injury lawyer can help you access these benefits and make sure your family receives all the benefits.

If the person who died in the accident was not at fault for the motor vehicle accident, family members may also have personal injury claims.  Compensation is available for loss of care, guidance and companionship and also for the deceased person’s loss of income and loss of household services.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you bring a fatal accident claim.

At Auger Hollingsworth Professional Corporation, we regularly represent family members who have lost loved ones in tragic car accidents.  Our initial consultation is always free.  If you are looking for information after a fatal motor vehicle accident, call Auger Hollingsworth at 613 233-4529.  We will help you through this difficult time.

Ottawa Man Injured When his Nissan lands in Rideau Canada

On November 8, 2012, a man in his twenties ended up in the Ottawa hospital after his car dropped into the Rideau Canal shortly after 4 am at Colonel By Drive between the Heron Road Bridge and University Drive.

The Ottawa Citizen reports that the driver’s Nissan Altima slid about 25 metres across the grass, hit a  retaining wall, then fell into the canal where it rolled for 25 metres before  coming to a stop.

Emergency services said that there was only one person, a man in his late 20s in the Nissan. No other vehicles were involved in this single vehicle accident.

The injured driver man was transported to the Ottawa Hospital Trauma Centre with injuries to his lower body and suffering from exposure to the cold.

In a single vehicle accident where there are serious injuries, an injured driver has recourse to his or her statutory accident benefits (also called no-fault benefits).  The driver’s own car insurance should pay a medical rehabilitation benefit and possibly an income replacement or other benefits, depending on the severity of the injury.

For more information about what to do after a serious single vehicle accident, call our office at 613 233-4529. Our Ottawa accident lawyers would be pleased so answer your questions.