Winter Driving: Personal Injury Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth on CTVMorningLive

As the winter driving accidents start to pile up, Auger Hollingsworth personal injury lawyers founder, Brenda Hollingsworth, spoke to Annette Goerner about safe driving in winter conditions.

Did you know?

The number one reason our personal injury lawyers hear from at fault drivers who caused a collision is that they did not see the other vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist.

  • Clearing all the snow and ice off all your windows is required for safe winter driving.
  • Using windshield washer fluid is required for safe winter driving too.

When our personal injury lawyers ask at fault drivers why they hit our client’s vehicles, they typically tell us they “just could not stop in time.”

  • Having snow tires increases your ability to stop in winter conditions.
  • Anticipating long stop runways in winter conditions decreases the likelihood of a collision.

See Brenda Hollingsworth speak to Annette Goerner on Ottawa CTV Morning Live about avoiding winter driving accidents.

Winter Driving with Auger Hollingsworth Injury Lawyers

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 613 233-4529!

It’s Not Big Brother Watching… Just a Private Investigator!

If you’ve been in an accident and begun your injury case, there is a good chance that you will be the subject of some surveillance by a private investigator.

When you make a personal injury claim, it is the insurance company’s job to make sure that your story is accurate. One aspect of the investigation will be looking at medical records and history, but another option will be surveillance.

During surveillance, an investigator will record video footage of you doing your daily activities, but you will probably never know when it’s happening. The investigator is looking for discrepancies between what you say you can do and what they see you doing.

Avoid surveillance issues by keeping your lawyer and insurance company in the loop about the state of your injuries. If your condition changes, always provide updates.

Remember, surveillance cannot hurt your case if you are honest about what you can or cannot do as a result of your accident. Accuracy is key!

Q: What do you call an alligator in a bullet-proof vest?
A: An investigator.

Good Driving Music is Quiet Music

When we think of dangerous driving music, you might imagine rock-and-roll (rather than, say, classical opera), but a study out of Memorial University in Newfoundland suggests that the volume, rather than the kind of music, is more important for safety.

In the study, any kind of music became distracting right when the volume was turned up. This makes sense; the more things demanding your attention, the longer it takes your brain to process to interpret them all.

Sometimes music can help keep us alert and sometimes it can help us relax—but beware getting so relaxed you begin to lose your sharpness.

When driving, stay focused on the road, not on the tunes.

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How to Be a Great Witness

When testifying in an personal injury case, it is important to know how to be a good witness. This may seem as simple as answering questions when asked, and while this is certainly the basics of testifying, being on the witness stand can involve much more than you may think.

At the scene of the injury

People who have just been injured tend to be overwhelmed and in shock. Help them out by putting your contact information directly into their phone and saying that you are a witness to the injury.

Stay around the scene to make sure your statement is heard. If police ask you what you saw or heard, be specific. Instead of using adjectives like “negligent driving,” describe exactly what made their driving negligent.

Write down what you saw immediately. It could be a few months to a year before you’ll need to describe the events. This exercise will help refresh your memory.

At the witness stand

The most important aspect of testifying in a personal injury case is to tell the truth. When asked a question, answer directly. Make sure that you speak confidently and loudly enough that you can be properly understood. It is easy to become nervous and stumble over your words. Remain calm and take your time to think about your answer if you feel having a few extra seconds will help you respond correctly.

If you did not hear a question properly, or if you do not understand a question, ask for it to be repeated. It is better to admit that you did not hear or do not understand, than to respond inappropriately. If you don’t know the answer to a question or if you can’t remember something, be honest and say so. Don’t make up an answer and say something that you know to be untrue or think could be untrue.

Dress appropriately when testifying. A good rule of thumb is to dress as though you were going to an interview. Wearing professional attire for court establishes a sense of etiquette and respect. Also, you should always be polite and respectful of the judge and other lawyers present. Always be calm and polite.

Remember that it’s not about taking sides—it’s about the truth. If you seem biased, your testimony won’t be as helpful. The most helpful witnesses are the ones who relay what they saw with honesty and detail.

While testifying can be intimidating and sometimes overwhelming, if you follow these tips, you’ll deliver a better testimony that will help to inform the court. When you are acting as a witness, you are helping to make the world a better place. You are helping victims get compensated for their injuries and helping to ensure that accidents don’t occur again.

3 Things to Know When Working with an Adjuster

Many people deal directly with an adjuster at the insurance company when injured in an accident to get fair compensation. In a large number of cases, you might not need a lawyer if you have a small injury or if the loss is straightforward. Here are a few things you must know about working with an adjuster.

  1. Your adjuster does not work for you. They work for your insurance company. This is true whether they are an employee of the insurance company or an “independent” adjuster who looks after your injury case.
  2. An adjuster may also be called a “claims representative” or a “customer service representative.” That changes nothing; they still work for the insurance company.
  3. The insurance adjuster’s job is to settle your claim as cheaply as possible. Their job is not to ensure that you receive all the compensation that you may deserve.

The majority of adjusters you meet will be professional and pleasant. However, keep in mind that their job is to settle fast and settle for the least amount possible.

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Getting Compensation After Snowmobile Accidents in Ontario

Every winter our personal injury lawyers are hired by families of people who have been seriously injured, or who have died, while driving a snowmobile or skidoo in Ontario. As fun as they are, snowmobiles can be dangerous and serious snowmobile accidents happen every single season in Ontario.

Auger Hollingsworth has represented families who have been impacted by snowmobile accidents caused by striking a tree, impaired driving, as well as collisions with other vehicles.

Should I hire a Personal Injury Lawyer After an Ontario Snowmobile Accident?

Many Ontarians are surprised to know that their car insurance policy will apply after an accident to pay for medical and rehabilitation expenses that are not covered by OHIP.  If you have suffered a very serious injury such as a spinal cord injury or serious brain injury, your medical and rehabilitation costs can be very high.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you access the maximum amount of benefits available to you.  These benefits are not paid automatically.  You have to apply for the benefits through your car insurance.  Sometimes the insurance company will dispute your entitlement to benefits and deny your claim.  Our lawyers can make the process easier for you and your family and can manage when your claims are denied.  We regularly get benefits reinstated after an insurance company has denied a claim.

The accident benefit insurance from your car or truck insurance may also provide you with an income replacement benefit if you are off work due to your injuries, among other benefits.  Again, our lawyers can help you apply for this benefit and will fight any disputes that arise about your entitlement or the amount of the benefit.

In the case of a fatal accident, the accident benefit insurance company should also provide a death benefit and funeral expenses.

Can I Sue After A Serious Snowmobile Accident?

Sometimes, someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the accident.  A problem with a trail, over -service of alcohol by a restaurant or bar, a collision with another snowmobile or another vehicle may all lead to a potential claims for compensation.  Allowing a personal injury law firm like Auger Hollingsworth to review your case will ensure the injured driver, or their family, has access to all available compensation.  Sometimes this involves starting a lawsuit on your behalf.  We have had success helping families like yours after serious snowmobile accident injuries and fatalities.

Contact Auger Hollingsworth After a Snowmobile Accident

The best protection after a serious snowmobile accident is the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers are trained and available to handle cases by Ontario snowmobilers and skidoo drivers.  Let us help you get back on the trail to recovery by ensuring you have access to all available funding.

Contact us at 613 233-4529 in Eastern Ontario and 647 494-5371 in the GTA.  We always offer a free, no-obligation consultation with a lawyer.


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