Bronson Ave. crash results in serious injuries

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – A serious accident on Bronson Avenue near Brewer Park has resulted in an arrest on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.  A car heading south on Bronson Avenue crossed the center median slamming into the back of a vehicle in the north lane in front of Brewer Park.  The back of an Acura was destroyed.  The 38‑year-old man driving it was rushed to hospital with neck and back injuries.  The collision involved at least four vehicles.  Another woman in an SUV was also taken to hospital for cuts on her arms.  The driver of a taxi on its way to the Ottawa Airport was also treated for cardiac stress.  His windshield was cracked by flying debris from the initial crash.


Ottawa police plan to raise motor vehicle accident report costs: A concern to accident victims

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – According to the CBC, Ottawa Police Chief, Vern White, is planning to raise the cost of vehicle accident reports from the current $48.00 to close to $3,300.00.  According to Chief White, the $3,300.00 cost is proportional to the cost of the actual work involved in the report.

Payment for the motor vehicle accident report is currently a disbursement which most personal injury lawyers incur on behalf of their clients who are injured in motor vehicle accidents.  The amount has steadily climbed over the last five years, a dollar at a time.  The proposed jump to $3,300.00 will be a significant deterrent for many personal injury lawyers who use the motor vehicle accident report to evaluate whether or not their clients have a case worth pursuing.

Without the motor vehicle accident report, it is difficult to interpret what may have happened in complicated motor vehicle accidents involving multiple vehicles.  This may be a barrier for some accident victims trying to determine if they have a viable case.  Our firm will be looking for solutions to this issue for prospective clients.

Although the lawyer will frequently pay the cost of the motor vehicle accident report upfront, ultimately it is a disbursement that is recovered in a lawsuit in most cases.

There is no date announced for when this hefty increase is to take effect.

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Two motorcyclists killed

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – A prominent resident of Cornwall, Ontario, Doug Randlett died on Thursday, June 16, 2011, in a motorcycle accident while riding his motorcycle in the north end of Cornwall.  He was hit by a turning pickup truck.  The intersection where he was struck has been described as “particularly dangerous” according to local residents.

A second motorcycle accident, also on June 16, 2011, took a man’s life about 75 kilometers east of Ottawa.  The rider was traveling west on County Road 24 when his motorcycle collided with a deer.



What you need to know about Ontario bicycle laws

ONTARIO ACCIDENT LAWYER – If you have recent been in an Ontario bicycle accident, you likely have many questions about where to go from here.  You may be asking yourself, “who is at fault for the accident?”, “which laws apply to my situation?”, “how do I go about seeking legal help?”  The laws regarding bicycles and bicycle accidents in Ontario come from a few different sources and it can be difficult for an individual to understand the legal issues of their particular situation.  We want to help you understand bicycle laws and avoid making the mistakes of either assuming you have no legal case, or hiring a lawyer without much thought because you want to quickly pursue legal action.  The following will go over the basics of bicycle law in order to help you become informed.  While this does not replace personal legal advice, it is a good place to start.Ottawa Bike Accident Book

A variety of legislation regulates the laws regarding bicycles and cyclists in Ottawa.  Municipal bylaws such as the Highway Traffic Act, as well as the City of Ottawa Traffic and Parking Bylaws and the National Capital Commission Traffic and Property Regulations all contain provisions regarding bicycles and cyclists.  Also in some circumstances, certain sections of the Criminal Code of Canada can apply to cyclists.

All of these sources make one thing clear: bicycles are considered vehicles in Ontario.  This means that they are subject to the same Ontario traffic laws as motor vehicles.  You likely already know most of the traffic laws that motor vehicles have to obey but it is an altogether different thing to know how to follow these laws while on a bicycle.  When cycling, remember that you are considered a vehicle and make sure that you obey all of the traffic laws (for example, stopping at a stop sign, signalling when turning, riding in the appropriate lane, shoulder checks, etc.)

If you are a cyclist, it would be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws that govern bicycles and cyclists.  You can find the legislation mentioned above at the following website:  You can get an overview of most applicable laws in our new book, Spinning Out of Control.  Take a few moments to look at the laws about cyclists so that you can be better equipped to ride safely.  And if you do get into an accident while cycling, you will already have an idea about the legal issues that might be at play in your case. 

For more information about the legal issues of your particular case, contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free consultation.  You can reach us at 613 233-4529.


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How to teach your child important bicycle skills

OTTAWA INJURY LAWYER  — As Ottawa personal injury lawyers we frequently come across individuals who were injured in car accidents, slip and falls or in a workplace situation, but often the most heartbreaking cases are those that involve injured children.  While we can’t protect our children from every harm, we should do all we can to help prevent situations in which they can get seriously injured.  Bicycle safety is an important area that can help save your child from being unnecessarily injured.  As parents, there are a few simple things you can do to help your child avoid accidents and injuries while riding their bicycle.

While it may seem obvious, teaching your child how to ride in a straight line is very important.  Riding a bicycle can be difficult at first and riding it in a straight line can be even tougher!  Before you let your child ride off with their friends, make sure that you are confident (and so are they) that they can consistently ride in a straight line.  If they can ride in a straight line, they will be better able to stay out of the way of other vehicles and pedestrians.  To teach this to your child, take them to a quiet park or empty parking lot where there is plenty of room and few obstacles.  Stand a short distance away from your child and have them ride towards you in a straight line.  Have them practice this several times, and if you want, you can gradually increase the distance they have to ride to reach you.

Another important skill for you to teach your child is how to turn.  This can be a difficult skill for beginner cyclists so it may take some time for your child to be able to successfully turn while riding their bike.  To teach your child how to effectively turn, take your child to an empty parking lot or cul-de-sac and have them practice riding in a figure-eight pattern.  At first it will be easier for your child to ride in a larger pattern, but over time you can challenge them to make the figure-eights smaller, thus allowing them to practice tighter turns.

Once your child has mastered these basic cycling skills, you can teach them more advanced, but very important, skills such as looking back without swerving.  It is important for cyclists to look behind them before making a left-hand turn, but while doing so, they must continue to ride in a straight line.  You can practice this with your child by once again taking them to an empty parking lot or park and have them ride past you.  As they ride past, hold up a picture of a car or hide the picture behind your back.  Tell them to look back and tell you if they have seen the car.  This exercise will teach your child to look back and assess the situation without swerving.

One last skill you should teach your child is braking control.  It can take time to learn how much pressure to put on the brake and to learn how long it will take to stop before reaching an obstacle.  It can be difficult for a child to judge the distance between themselves and an obstacle and to then break in time.  To practice proper braking techniques with your child, draw a line on your driveway or in an empty parking lot and have your child practice riding towards the line and then stopping right before it.  You can have them approach the line at varying speeds so that they learn how to properly brake in different situations.

Before you let your kids ride their bicycles with their friends outside of your supervision, make sure that they have mastered these few important skills.  By equipping your child with essential bicycle skills, you have done your part to help prevent bicycle accidents and injuries.  Nonetheless, if you or your child has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, you may benefit from speaking with a personal injury lawyer.  An Ontario injury lawyer can assess your case and help you with any legal proceedings you may be able to pursue.  The personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth would be happy to discuss your case with you.

Ontario Car Accidents Statistics

OTTAWA LAWYER-  It seems that we are always hearing stories of Ontario car accidents, whether it be on the radio, television or in the newspapers.  While vehicle collisions seem to be a part of life and not all can be avoided, it is interesting to look at statistics to see if Ontario car accidents are on the rise or if such collisions are occurring less often.  As Ontario personal injury lawyers, we often have clients who have been injured in a car accident.  Because of this, we like to stay as up to date as possible on the statistics regarding Ontario vehicle collisions.  We’d like to share some of the 2010 Ontario car accident statistics with you.

 According to Ottawa police reports, the number of fatalities due to car accidents increased in 2010.  Despite this, the overall number of vehicle collisions and subsequent injuries decreased.  In fact, according to the 2010 Crime, Police and Traffic Statistics report, car accidents decreased by four percent.  There are less accidents but the accidents that occur seem to be more severe given the higher fatality rate.  Ottawa statistics indicate that out of thirty collisions in Ottawa last year, thirty-four people were killed.  The 2009 statistics show that twenty-five people were killed in car accidents of that year.

 The total number of car accidents in Ottawa decreased from approximately 13, 900 in 2009 to about 13, 300 in 2010.  Although those numbers still seem high, approximately six-hundred fewer accidents in 2010 is still significant.  The reasons for the apparent decrease in accidents are uncertain and each situation has a different set of circumstances.  While we may not be able to pin-point why the number of vehicle collisions decreased, we should still be encouraged by the numbers.

 It appears as though fewer injuries occurred due to Ottawa accidents as well.  2009 statistics report that there were approximately 2,700 accidents where injuries were reported compared to about 2,600 in 2010.  Although the difference is only 100, it is still encouraging to see that fewer people are being injured in car accidents.

 While the 2010 car accident statistics are positive, we should still take driving seriously and remember that vehicle collisions can happen at any time.  If you were recently injured in an Ontario car accident, you may be eligible for compensation.  Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to discuss your case. Our number is 613 233-4529.

Ottawa Car Accident: St. Laurent and Conroy

OTTAWA- A man was sent to hospital in serious but stable condition after a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of St Laurent Blvd. and Conroy Road on Thursday afternoon.

Crews were called to the intersection just before 5 p.m on Thursday, June 2, 2011.

The collision involved an SUV and a minivan.  The driver of the minivan was treated for a number of injuries.  The driver of the SUV was reportedly uninjured.

Also of significant concern, a  female cyclist who was travelling close to the intersection at the time of the collision was struck by one of the vehicles and suffered a fractured wrist and abrasions.

For free information on what to do after a serious motor vehicle accident or bicycle accident, order Auger Hollingsworth’s free consumer guides.  There is no obligation whatsoever and no-one will contact you unless you request contact.

CBC News Interviews Personal Injury Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER – Days after the explosion at Mother Teresa High School in Orleans tragically killed one student, CBC News turned to personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth for comment on the investigation into the accident. Watch the video here.

Accident at March Road near Dunrobin sends man to Hospital

OTTAWA ACCIDENT LAWYER- A serious car accident on March Road near Dunrobin resulted in serious injuries.  A man was driving a pickup truck that slammed into the back of a five-ton delivery truck on March Road near Dunrobin in the morning on June 1, 2011.    The man was reported to be pinned in his vehicle by the impact.   Paramedics had to stabilize his seriously broken leg before he was airlifted to hospital.

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Fatal Accidents on Highway 17

Highway 17 just west of Arnprior saw a fatal collision on June 1, 2011 around 3 p.m. in the afternoon.  It is reported that two tractor-trailers and two other vehicles collided.  Tragically, one man was killed in the motor vehicle accident.

This accident is just days after another Highway 17 accident took the life of Pembroke teen Damon Souliere who was also struck by a tractor trailor.  He was struck near Mattawa.  It is reported he may have been texting a friend around the time of the accident.

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