Drive Safe Over the Holidays

The winter holidays are a time for love, laughter, celebration and salutations. It is the most joyous and festive time of year, but for drivers in Ontario it can be the most dangerous and disastrous.

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Impaired Driving

Impaired driving is dangerous in any season, but add in difficult winter road conditions and you have a recipe for disaster. Not only must we face the snow, slush, and ice-covered roads, but many drivers are unaware even the slightest drink of alcohol will effect their reaction time, meaning even more accidents are likely to occur.

When we think about impaired driving we tend to imagine the stereotype of someone falling down drunk, slurring words, bobbling keys and getting into a car.  But in the majority of cases, it is usually people who have consumed two or more glasses and are just slightly over the legal (0.08) amount. We have had many cases where someone had drank throughout the evening, went to bed around midnight, drove into work that morning, were stopped at a R.I.D.E program and blew over the legal limit.

Please be safe over the winter holidays. If you have had any alcohol to drink, or had any marijuana- do not drive.

For more information on your personal injury case with an impaired driver, call us for a free consultation at 613-233-4529.

Auger Hollingsworth – We Play to Win

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Daniel Alfredsson wasn’t the only one in Ottawa to take centre ice on Thursday. Auger Hollingsworth stepped out of the courtroom and onto the ice as part of a new winter television campaign to spread awareness of compensation after a motor vehicle collision, slip and fall, or other accident.

After an accident, facing off against the insurance company can be discouraging. Not only are you in physical pain, but also emotional pains of lost wages and health care expenses.

As the temperature drops, the number of slips and falls rises. Despite taking proper precautions, winter’s wet and icy conditions are unpredictable, leaving you to wonder who is responsible for your injury. But being penalized by your insurance company because of an injury is what we call an offside.

Recently, Auger Hollingsworth settled a case involving a woman who slipped and fell at a superstore parking lot. The sidewalk was congested with people and shopping carts. Despite wearing appropriate winter footwear and taking caution in crossing the road, her foot slipped out from under her as she stepped onto the sidewalk -leaving her with a broken left ankle that required surgery.  Because of her age, costly accommodations were made to adapt to her current well-being.

For the following months after, she endured the following:

She was unable to walk- requiring walker and wheelchair rental.
She was unable to drive for five months- requiring chauffeurs.
She was unable to shop for food-requiring meals on wheels.
She was unable to properly maintain her vehicle-requiring expensive repairs insurance wouldn’t cover.
She was unable to wash by herself-requiring a bath handlebar, and personal assistance.

By working with Auger Hollingsworth’s personal injury team, she was able to receive a six figure settlement for her pain and suffering.

If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall this winter, contact our team at Auger Hollingsworth for a free, no obligation consultation at 613-860-4529. Your goals are our goals, and we play to win.

Bill 15 Passes Third Reading- Bad News for Ontarians

On November 20th, the Ontario legislature passed a bill aimed at lowering the interest rate insurance companies have to pay on your pain and suffering.

See Bill: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=3007

Prior to the passing of this Bill, interest rates encouraged insurers to settle cases in a timely manner. Now, there is no need for insurers to move quickly, and so begins the process of dragging everything out. This allows for insurers to bank the money and profit from it, while accident victims wait longer for their compensation.

The prejudgment interest rate has historically provided incentive to settle cases in a timely manner. With the interest rate for pain and suffering damages in MVAs reduced from 5% to 1.3%, there will obviously be little incentive for insurers to deal expeditiously with claims for pain and suffering.

Instead, insurers will keep their money in the bank for as long as possible, make additional income from their investments, and starve out innocent plaintiffs.

Currently, insurance companies make 3% on their investments, and therefore they can expect to earn at least 1.7% profit holding on to an innocent victim’s compensation for damages for every year that they put off settlement. It’s really just simple math.

A second aspect of this Bill removes the accident victim’s right to sue relating to accident benefits. This loss will lead to duplicated effort and unnecessary costs. People who are injured in auto accidents may be forced to participate in two similar adjudicative processes – one at the Licence Appeals Tribunal for accident benefits disputes, and then a trial involving a Tort claim where the same issues may be litigated a second time, using the same medical experts!

*The potential waste with this change is huge.

Have a question about an accident you were in? Order one of our free accident guides or call for a free consultation at 613-860-4529 to book a consultation within 24-48 hours.