Ottawa Motorcycle Accident

Injured in a motorcycle accident? Get answers to the questions you have about your claim for compensation. Need legal advice after a motorcycle accident? Call us at 613 860-4529.

How to Prevent Motorcycle Accidents and Injuries

Every year in Ottawa and throughout Ontario, there are hundreds of motorcycle accidents.  Many of these accidents result in serious injury and some are even fatal.  Many of these accidents and injuries are avoidable.  Knowledge and prevention are key tools in remaining safe when riding a motorcycle.

Reasons for Reported Motorcycle Accidents in Ontario

  • Speeding/riding too fast for conditions
  • Helmet was not being worn
  • Loss of control
  • Under 25 years of age
  • Single-vehicle collisions

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario monitors and keeps statistics on accidents on its roadways.  It also sets out rules and regulations that are to be followed by all drivers and motorcyclists are not excluded.  Helmets are required by law when riding a motorcycle in Ontario, yet 10% of riders who were killed and 15% who were injured were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.  Protecting yourself can be the difference between a serious injury or a fatal accident.

Suggestions For Motorcycle Riding Protection (MOT)

  • An approved motorcycle helmet
  • Good quality motorcycle riding equipment
  • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants
  • Jackets with protective padding (areas like shoulder and elbows)
  • Wear leather gloves and boots
  • Wear bright colours and reflective clothing

With a little education and good judgment, motorcycle accidents can be greatly reduced and injuries from accidents can be less severe.   Follow all posted traffic signs and keep control of your bike at all times and dress in proper clothing.  Keep your motorcycle in good repair and make sure your insurance is up to date.  Riding can be a most pleasurable hobby and the most enjoyable way to travel.  Do it responsibly and enjoy it.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury while riding a motorcycle, contact the motorcycle accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free no charge consultation.

Motorcycle Hit and Run Accidents: City of Ottawa

Of all the possible accidents, the hit and run accident is often the one that grabs the most headlines and attention.  Society tends to accept that motorcycle accidents do happen but, not taking proper measures and responsibility when you have been involved in a motorcycle accident is seen as a slap in the face to our moral conventions.  Not only is it a criminal offence in Ontario to flee the scene of an accident, it also puts an added, unneeded strain on the victims of the accident, who often have enough to deal with financially, physically and emotionally.

If you have been involved or injured in a motorcycle collision and a victim of a hit and run, it presents some major challenges.  Often you are dealing with serious injuries and health issues, which should always be the number one priority of any accident victim.  In addition to this there is the added burden of trying to remember what happened and providing details to help apprehend the hit and run offender.  If at all possible, do your best to remember as much about the accident and the vehicle that caused this accident as possible.  Sometimes the smallest detail can be the most important.  If your injuries do not permit you to remember, do not worry.  The Ottawa Police and OPP, as well as crime scene investigators will use witnesses and evidence left at the scene to find and bring to justice this criminal offender.

It is important to remember that you are a victim of a crime.  As soon as possible you or someone you trust should contact a qualified personal injury lawyer to understand your rights and start working towards the compensation you are entitled to.  The person responsible for your accident could be held liable for any and all of the following.

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Loss of personal income (both time and wages)
  • Therapy and continuing treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Psychological damage

If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run motorcycle accident in Ottawa or within

Ontario it is important to know your rights.  Please check out the following website https://www.personalinjuryottawa.ca/ or contact the motorcycle accident lawyers of Auger Hollingsworth at  613 233-4529 for a free, professional legal consultation.

Ottawa Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Information

With its beautiful landscape and long winding roads, Ontario has long been a popular motorcycling area.  Unfortunately, every year thousands of motorcycle collisions are reported, many involving serious injuries and death to drivers and passengers.  The Ministry of Transportation (MOT) of Ontario compiles and reports 10 year statistical studies of these motorcycle accidents.  The most recent study produced the following statistics.

Motorcycle Accidents: Injury and Death Reports (MOT: 2007)

Drivers                                                  Passengers

Year       Killed    Injured                Killed     Injured

1997       36           993                         2              255

1998       32           1,068                     3              263

1999       38           1,115                     3              223

2000       37           1,161                     1              257

2001       49           1,166                     3              318

2002       35           1,161                     3              311

2003       46           1,087                     6              268

2004       44           1,107                     3             297

2005       68           1,206                     6             362

2006       48           1,219                     5             352

 

There is no statistical evidence to explain the fluctuation in numbers from one year to the other, although experts suggest it is often related to the length of the motorcycling season and road conditions during the season.  Of particular interest are some statistics on those crashes that have resulted in death.

  • 20%: under the age of 25
  • 21%: alcohol involved
  • 57%: speed too fast
  • 34%: single vehicle collision
  • 73%: during daytime hours
  • 44%: on weekends

 

It is also interesting to note, that even though motorcycle helmets have been mandatory in Ontario for over 40 years, 15% of those killed were not wearing a helmet.  The Ministry of Transportation cautions all riders to wear helmets to avoid costly fines and most importantly, to help maintain the safety of you and your passengers and avoid personal injury.

Helmets save lives and can greatly increase your chances of avoiding a serious motorcycle injury or death. Ontario provides a beautiful backdrop for long sightseeing rides.  Enjoy them with safety and responsibility.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or have lost someone you love the motorcycle accident lawyers of Auger Hollingsworth can help.  Call us at 613 233-4529 for a no-charge consultation.

Things To Consider After an Ottawa Motorcycle Accident

Riding a motorcycle carries with it a higher burden of responsibility than for most drivers on the roads.  You are not encased in a steel frame and you do not have the added protection of seatbelts and airbags.  Riders must exercise extra caution as they are more vulnerable to more serious and different types of personal injuries.  For this reason it is also important to know what to do after you have been in an accident.  If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Ottawa, you should seek medical attention and consult an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer to ensure you are taken care of in any pending settlements.

Motorcycle injuries can often be very serious.  Some injuries, while still serious, may not be as easy to spot as fractured bones or severe cuts or lacerations.  Muscle, tendon and nerve injuries can often take days or even weeks to present any symptoms.  Concussions are also known to not show symptoms in the early stages after a motorcycle accident.  Nevertheless, all these injuries can have tragic effects on your ability to work and live for many years down the road.  Seek medical help and have a thorough post- accident examination immediately.  The sooner injuries are discovered and treated, the sooner you are can be on the road to recovery.

As soon as possible after your motorcycle accident, contact an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer.  With their professional experience, help and guidance, they can help you ask the right questions and get the right answers.  From doctors to questions regarding insurance claims and benefits, they will ensure that your health and best interests are represented and you get the treatment, defence and settlements that you deserve.

If you have been involved in an Ottawa motorcycle accident contact, or have suffered a motorcycle injury, contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free no charge consultation.  Call us at 613 233-4529.

What Should I Wear to Examination for Discovery in an Accident Case?

If you are ever in an Ottawa accident, you may have to take part in an examination for discovery as part of your legal proceedings. Understanding what this process entails and knowing how to present yourself can help you achieve success in your lawsuit.

 

What is an Examination for Discovery?

Examination for discovery is an important component of most civil lawsuits. Essentially, it is a process where both parties involved in the lawsuit are questioned about the issues surrounding the lawsuit. While each party is questioned by the other party’s lawyer, and the answers are given under oath, examination for discovery is not in itself a trial.

 

What is the Purpose of Examination for Discovery?

The basic purpose of an examination for discovery is to allow each party and their lawyers to learn about and understand the other side’s case.

 

Throughout their questioning, the lawyers for each party will typically be trying to accomplish a few basic things, including the following:

–   Understand the other party’s point of view, and more fully define and narrow the issues involved in the lawsuit.

–   Discover if there are any areas where both parties are in agreement, possibly allowing a pre-trial settlement to be reached.

–   Obtain an admission from the other party that later can be used in their client’s favour while at trial.

 

What Should You Wear to an Examination for Discovery?

Many clients wonder what they should wear to attend this part of their legal process. Though it is not an official trial, it is still very important to make sure that you are appropriately dressed. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you look well-groomed and presentable. Essentially, you want to wear neat, clean, conservative clothes. You do not necessarily have to wear a suit, but you should look as neat as possible, and avoid any offensive slogans on your clothing. This is a very important part of your legal process, and it is crucial that you are as prepared and presentable as possible.

 

If you or someone you know has been in an Ottawa accident, a good injury lawyer can help you to better understand your legal options, and help you navigate all aspects of the legal process, including the examination for discovery.

 

To speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth, please call us at 613-860-4529, email us at [email protected], or use our contact form.

Things To Consider After a Motorcycle Accident

                Riding a motorcycle in Ottawa carries with it a higher burden of responsibility than for most drivers on the roads.  You are not encased in a steel frame and you do not have the added protection of seatbelts and airbags.  Riders must exercise extra caution as they are more vulnerable to more serious and different types of personal injuries.  For this reason it is also important to know what to do after you have been in an accident.  If you have been in a motorcycle accident in Ottawa, you should seek medical attention and consult an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer to ensure you are taken care of in any pending settlements.

                Motorcycle injuries can often be very serious.  Some injuries, while still serious, may not be as easy to spot as fractured bones or severe cuts or lacerations.  Muscle, tendon and nerve injuries can often take days or even weeks to present any symptoms.  Concussions are also known to not show symptoms in the early stages after a motorcycle accident.  Nevertheless, all these injuries can have tragic effects on your ability to work and live for many years down the road.  Seek medical help and have a thorough post- accident examination immediately.  The sooner injuries are discovered and treated, the sooner you are can be on the road to recovery.

                As soon as possible after your motorcycle accident, contact an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer.  With their professional experience, help and guidance, they can help you ask the right questions and get the right answers.  From doctors to questions regarding insurance claims and benefits, they will ensure that your health and best interests are represented and you get the treatment, defence and settlements that you deserve.

                If you have been involved in an Ottawa motorcycle accident contact, or have suffered a motorcycle injury, contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth for a free no charge consultation.  Call us at 613 233-4529.

Catastrophic Injury? What is a Catastrophic Injury? Ontario Accident Lawyer

In the contex of a motor vehicle accident, including a car-pedestrian, car-bicycle, motorcycle or truck accident, the term “catastrophic injury” has a very specific meaning.

When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario, you are entitled to statutory accident benefits.  These benefits are usually paid by your own auto insurance company.   Since 2010, there have been three levels of benefits.  One of those levels of benefits is for people who have been deemed or found to have suffered a catastrophic injury.

Some injured victims are automatically in the catastrophic category because of the injury they have suffered.  Those injuries include: paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputation, blindness and certain types of traumatic brain injuries.

Other accident victims will qualify for catastrophic benefits if a specially trained medical practitioner (or more often a team of medical practioners) assigns an impairment rating of 55% or more.  This impairment rating is typically completed after 2 years, although in some cases it can be completed earlier.

If the injured person is “catastrophic”, either because he or she has one of the listed injuries, or meets the impairment rating test, he or she qualifies for a higher level of accident benefits.  Most notably, the “medical- rehabibilitation benefit” jumps from $50,000 to $1,000,000.00 and there is an increase in the attendant care benefit. Certain benefits also last longer.

Sometimes there is a dispute between the injured victim and the insurance company as to whether or not the injured person has been catastrophically injured.  An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate that dispute through the Financial Services Commission of Ontario and / or the Ontario Court system.   If you would like to speak to Auger Hollingsworth about your claim and whether or not you qualify for catastrophic benefits, call us at 613 233-4529.

 

Ottawa Physiatrists- Who are Ottawa’s Physiatrists

If you have been injured in an accident, your family physician may recommend that you see a physiatrist for a diagnosis and rehab plan for your injuries.  If you live in Ottawa, the College of Physicians and Surgeons identifies the available physiatrists as follows:

 

Acharya,   Meenaxi Surendra Elisabeth   Bruyere Hospital
43 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-0050
Fax: (613) 562-6312

 

 

Besemann,   Markus Heinrich Canadian Forces Health Services HQ
1745 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa ON K1A 0K6
Phone: (613) 945-6600 Ext. 6515
Fax: (613) 998-3924

 

 

Blackmer,   Jeffrey Edwin The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350
Fax: (613) 737-9638

 

 

Buenger,   Usha Rita The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M5
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75627

 

 

Dabee,   Vassant Children’s Hospital   of
Eastern Ontario
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
Phone: (613) 737-7600 Ext. 2832
Fax: (613) 738-4878

 

 

Dojeiji,   Suzan Samantha The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Room 1104
Ottawa ON    K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75306
Fax: (613) 737-6877

 

 

Dudek,   Nancy Lorraine 505 Smyth     Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350

 

 

El-Sawy,   Reda Mohamed 381 Kent     Street
Suite 505
Ottawa ON K2P 2A8
Phone: (613) 234-7780
Fax: (613) 234-6636

 

 

Finestone,   Hillel Moses c/o Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital
Department of Physical Medicine
And Rehabilitation
75 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-6094
Fax: (613) 562-6312

 

 

Khan,   Anjum Sarah Elisabeth   Bruyere Hospital
Dept of Phys Med and Rehabilitation
43 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-6262

 

 

Lentini,   Anthony Campallegio Suite   218
223 Colonnade Road South
Ottawa ON K2E 7K3
Phone: (613) 792-1525
Fax: (613) 792-3648

 

 

MacGregor,   Susan Lynne The Rehabilitation   Center
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75596
Fax: (613) 737-9638

 

 

Marks,   Meridith Belle The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2

 

 

Marshall,   Shawn Calder The Ottawa   Hospital
Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75590
Fax: (613) 737-9638

 

 

McCormick,   Anna Marie The Children’s Hospital
of Eastern Ontario
Rehab PSU
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8L1
Phone: (613) 737-7600 Ext. 2831
Fax: (613) 738-4893

 

 

McKee,   Alexander Carman Suite   2
3635 Rivergate Way
Ottawa ON K1V 2A4
Phone: (613) 739-3459
Fax: (613) 739-1471

 

 

Quon,   Deanna Lee The Ottawa   Hospital
Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75595

 

 

Racine,   Francois 595 Chemin Montreal
Suite 404A
Ottawa ON    K1K 4L2
Phone: (613) 745-7399
Fax: (613) 745-9875

 

 

Sreenivasan,   Vidya Anandhi The Rehabilitation Centre
Room 1200
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75595
Fax: (613) 737-9638

 

 

Trudel,   Guy The Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75591
Fax: (613) 739-6864

 

 

Wiebe,   Scott Christopher The Ottawa   Hospital
Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehab
Room 1105C
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 Ext. 75596
Fax: (613) 737-9638

 

 

Wolff,   Gerald Keith The Rehabilitation Centre Ottawa
Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehab
Room 1105
505 Smyth Road
Ottawa ON K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-8899 Ext. 75598
Fax: (613) 737-9638

 

 

Yang,   Christine Ping Bruyere Continuing Care
Physical Medicine & Rehab Service
43 Bruyere Street
Ottawa ON K1N 5C8
Phone: (613) 562-6094
Fax: (603) 562-6312

Ottawa Injury Lawyer: Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a serious injury, typically caused by a severe blow to the head. TBI has many different symptoms and can cause a wide variety of problems and disabilities for those affected.

While TBI cannot always be completely cured, and while the recovery process can be long and challenging, there are some important prevention methods that everyone should be aware of.

 

TBI: Common Causes

Traumatic brain injury can be caused by a wide variety of incidents. Some of the most common causes include the following:

 

–   Car accidents

–   Other transportation accidents, including bicycles and motorcycles

–   Slips and falls, including falling down stairs, falling out of bed, or slipping in the bath

–   Sports-related injuries, particularly involving high-impact sports like football, boxing, or skateboarding

–   Work-related injuries, often caused by working with unsafe equipment or on unsafe surfaces

 

Preventing TBI

While some incidents of TBI are nearly impossible to prepare for or avoid, there are some basic methods of prevention that can help individuals avoid serious injury.

 

Here are some simple things everyone can do to help prevent TBI:

–   Always wear a seatbelt when riding in a car or other vehicle

–   Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

–   Follow speed limits and take proper precautions while driving

–   Make sure that children are properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat while riding in a vehicle

–   Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle or motorcycle

–   Always wear a helmet and proper protective equipment when participating in any kind of contact or extreme sports (including activities like skiing or skateboarding)

–   Hold onto railings when walking up or down stairways

–   Ensure there is adequate lighting when walking up or down stairways

–   Do not stand or sit on unsafe or unbalanced surfaces

–   Always be aware of your surroundings, and always use common sense

 

Unfortunately, even if you do everything right, accidents do happen and injuries like TBI cannot always be prevented. If you or someone you know has been affected by a traumatic brain injury as a result of an accident, be sure to contact an injury lawyer, who can help you navigate any complicated legal implications of your situation. A good injury lawyer will help ease some of the stress associated with a complex injury like TBI.

 

To speak with an Ottawa personal injury lawyer at Auger Hollingsworth, please call us at 613-860-4529, email us at [email protected], or use our contact form.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer’s Secrets to a Successful Discovery

While the legal process can be overwhelming and challenging for someone who has recently suffered a personal injury, it should be comforting to know that there are a few things you can do to make your experience more positive.

No one really wants to face all that pursuing a personal injury claim entails, but having the right Ontario injury lawyer will greatly help you navigate the complicated legal process.  One of the most challenging parts of presenting your case is examination for discovery.  If you have been injured in an accident, you will likely have to be a witness at examination for discovery.  This means that you will have to explain your side of the story, answer the insurance company lawyer’s questions in cross-examination, and confront all of the evidence involved in the case.

The Ontario personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth are committed to helping their clients and other witnesses, such as family members, get through discovery successfully.  The key to doing this is preparation.  A good injury lawyer should prepare all of their witnesses for what discovery will entail.  For the lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth, this is accomplished through up to three meetings.

 During the first meeting, the injured person or their family member is oriented to the process of discovery.  Your lawyer will explain what discovery means, what will happen and what will be required of you.  The Auger Hollingsworth website is full of useful information to help witnesses prepare for discovery and during this meeting, the witness will take home a package of information to look over.  This first meeting is meant to introduce the witness to the process of discovery and to talk about the case in general terms.

 The second meeting is more detailed and involves a dry-run of what the witness will have to say and the kinds of questions they will have to answer.  Your lawyer will focus on examining you on the more difficult points of the case so that you are better prepared.

 The third and final meeting involves a mock cross examination by another lawyer in the office.  This ensures that you are fully prepared to be cross examined.  If this trial run goes well, you should be well-prepared to face any insurance company’s lawyer.  While this process of preparation may sound intense and tiring, it is worth investing the time to prepare for whatever you may face during discovery.

 If you have further questions about discovery and preparing for your case, contact the Ontario personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  Call us at 613 233-4529.

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