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  • 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.

    Ottawa Police Pilot Electronic Car Accident Report Forms

    According to this article,  some Ottawa police vehicles are now equipped to process motor vehicle accident report forms electronically.  Introduced as a cost saving measure, this initiative is intended to reduce the time police officers spend at the scene of Ottawa motor vehicle accidents.

    Currently, the motor vehicle accident reports are prepared by hand.  The officer collects all parties’ information, including insurance information, prepares a sketch and notes what charges, if any, are laid.  Witness names and contact details are also often included on the form.   Drivers of all vehicles involved in the Ottawa accident are supposed to receive a carbon copy of the portion of the form with the insurance details.  The balance of the report can be purchased from the police station for approximately $50.

    Why is a Motor Vehicle Accident Report Important after an Ottawa Accident?

    If you are injured, even slightly, we recommend calling the police to the accident scene.  Remember, what feels like a twinge or minor ache moments after the accident, can develop into a serious injury over the next 48 hours.   The motor vehicle accident report form prepared by the police is often very useful at documenting the location of the vehicles and other information that is important for determining who caused the accident.

    There is also a perception held by insurance companies that if you do not call the police, the motor vehicle accident was not serious.  They will wonder how you could be seriously injured when you did not even call the police to the scene.

    At the scene, in addition to the motor vehicle accident report form itself, the police officer attending will often interview or get statements from witnesses.  These statements are not included in the report itself, but can be obtained by requesting them through access to information processes.  When we are retained to help our clients following an accident, we typically request all of this information.

    How do I obtain a motor vehicle accident report?

    If you are handling your claim on your own, you will want to attend at the police station to request a copy of the report.  With a relatively short wait, and approximately $50, you can leave with the full report.

    If you hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your accident claim, your lawyer will obtain the motor vehicle accident report, as well as the complete police file, for you.

    For more information about hiring an Ottawa personal injury lawyer to represent you after a serious motor vehicle accident, contact us at 613 860-4529.  We are happy to speak to you about your rights and entitlements without any obligation.

     

    How to Prepare for a Defence Medical Assessment or an Insurer’s Exam

    Here are four easy steps to help you get a fair medical assessment by doctors hired by an insurance company in your Ottawa accident case.

     

    • Be very clear during the medical assessment about what your pain is in terms of how you describe it to the medical assessor. Use words like sharp, throbbing, dull, aching, constant, intermittent etc.  Think about how you are going to explain what aggravates your pain and what soothes it.  Organizing your thoughts and how you will express yourself before the examination is important.
    • Relatedly, if you are used to being asked to rate your pain on the pain scale (i.e. out of 10), try to be consistent from assessment to assessment.

     

    • Respond truthfully to all questions.  Do not deny prior injuries, prior accidents or past psychological treatment.  If you were having stress at work before the accident, it is likely documented somewhere.  Concealing it if asked will only look like you are being untruthful.

     

    • Email your Ottawa accident lawyer immediately after the assessment to describe the  actual physical examination, including how long it took.  If there are any questions that strike you as odd, mention that to your lawyer as well.

     

    • Keep in mind that the medical assessor or his / her staff will watch you  out the window before the appointment.  They will watch you in the waiting room.  They will compare how you are in the parking lot and waiting room to how you are during the examination to try to detect symptom magnification.  A classic sentence in a medical assessment report describes how the plaintiff’s movements were “guarded” in the assessment room, but that the plaintiff moved freely in the waiting room. That is insurance company “code” for: this plaintiff is exagerating.

     

    Apart from these pointers, every assessment is different so it is hard to predict how it will unfold.  Being truthful but not minimizing for symptoms are the key to success.

    If you have a serious motor vehicle accident case and would like to discuss your case with a lawyer, call the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  613 860-4529.  We will visit you at home or in the hospital.  We offer phone consultations as well.

     

    Go to the Doctor after an Ottawa Motor Vehicle Accident!

    Nobody likes going to the doctor; with long waiting room times, the poking and prodding, and all the questions and tests, it can sometimes seem like more trouble than it’s worth. This is especially true when you’re dealing with an ongoing medical issue that doesn’t appear to be changing. When that injury is the result of your Ottawa motor vehicle accident though, a return trip to the doctor is imperative. Whether or not your condition has changed, regular follow-up visits to your family doctor are essential to both your physical well being as well as the potential outcome of your injury case.

    Even though your doctor is a medical expert, you have your own expertise to offer; you know your body better than anyone else in the world, medical degree or not. Only you can say if you are feeling better or worse, if the medicine you are taking is causing side effects, or if new symptoms are arising that need to be addressed. If you don’t return to your doctor, he or she will assume the treatment and/or medicines they prescribed at your last visit are having the desired effect and that you’re getting better. A complete recovery is dependent on the patient being proactive about their own health. Keep track of your progress, and until you’re completely better, schedule a follow-up visit with your family doctor every 8 weeks to discuss your condition and any changes to the treatment plan that may be necessary.

    In addition to health concerns, regular visits with your doctor will help create a paper trail that may be essential to a positive outcome when your accident lawyer seeks a settlement for your case. There is no substitute for consistent and professional documentation detailing your injuries and progress. No documentation can be detrimental; after all, if you can’t prove it, chances are the court (and the opposition) will assume it didn’t even happen. If you choose not to follow up with your doctor, the assumption is that it is because you have recovered, and no longer needed medical care.

    If you need assistance after your Ontariocar accident, reach out to the experienced Ottawapersonal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  We will provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions about compensation in your case.  Call our law firm today 613 233-4529.

    The Most Dangerous Intersections in Ottawa

    According to an article in the August 18th edition of The Ottawa Citizen, a recently released city report names the intersection at Riverside Drive and Hunt Club Road the most dangerous in Ottawa. With 53 crashes reported in 2011, Riverside/Hunt Club has the highest number of collisions of any signal-controlled intersection in the city, a dubious honor it holds for the second year in a row. In 2010, the same intersection was the site of 43 reported accidents.

    The rest of the intersections named in report are listed in descending order according to the number of reported collisions:

    • Belfast Road at St. Laurent Boulevard (32)
    • Baseline Road at Woodroffe Avenue (31)
    • Catherine Street at Kent Street (30)
    • Walkley Road at Hawthorne/Russell Roads (30)
    • Prince of Wales Drive at West Hunt Club Road (30)
    • Blair Road at Blair Road Ramp 36 (29)
    • Clyde Avenue at Merivale Road (29)
    • Industrial Avenue at St. Laurent Boulevard (29)
    • Baseline Road at Greenbank Road (28)
    • Beechwood Avenue at Crichton Street (28)

     

    Although the total number of collisions in Ottawa increased to 15,295 in 2011 from 14,953 in 2010, the number of accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities actually decreased. Fatalities alone dropped a dramatic 34% from 38 in 2010 to 25 in 2011 – the lowest number of fatalities in 6 years. Interestingly, none of the fatalities occurred at the intersections above. These decreases are even more significant considering that the number of registered drivers and vehicles actually increased during the same time period.

    The study follows last year’s revamping of the Safe Roads Ottawa Program initially launched in January 2004. The program focuses on the 3 E’s (Engineering, Education, and Enforcement) and aims to reduce the overall number of collisions in Ottawa by increasing public awareness and coordinating efforts between road safety and enforcement agencies.

    If you live in Ontario and have been involved in a collision, reach out to the experienced Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth.  We will provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions about compensation in your case.  Call our law firm today 613 233-4529.

    Some information sourced from an article in the Ottawa Citizen.

    Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer on the Radio

    Auger Hollingsworth is delighted to announce that lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth will be live on 580 CFRA on Saturday, August 18, 2012.  That’s 580 on the AM radio dial.

    Brenda will be answering live calls about all things personal injury.  If you have a question or comment, we hope to hear from you.  The show runs for an hour starting at 2 p.m.

    We hope Ottawa listeners will take this opportunity to ask questions about the personal injury process, how to get fair compensation and when you might be entitled to compensation.

    If you have a question or comment, and can’t wait for the radio program or want to speak directly to our law firm, call 613 233-4529.  We look forward to speaking to you.

     

     

    Bad News for Accident Victims if Police Don’t Attend the Scene

    News reports on Saturday suggest that the Ottawa Police Service is planning to reduce its attendance at motor vehicle accident scenes in order to reduce police costs in this area.  The plan is, apparently, to have people attend a collision reporting centre.

    If this plan solidifies, it will be of vital importance that accident victims be very careful to document the location of the vehicles and how the accident happened with cameras and witness statements.  Currently, there is often little dispute about liability (who is at fault for the accident) because the police document what occurred, speak to by standers and generally invetigate the scene as required.  Without police attendance, there will be a lot more reliance on the honour system.

    Remember that if you are injured after a motor vehicle accident, you can still call the police, even if the injuries are or seem to be “minor”.  What seems minor at the time, may become much worse over the hours or days that follow.

    We believe that injured accidence victims will lose out on fair compensation if the police are not called to the scene.

    For more information about your rights after a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa, call us at 613 233-4529.

    Why do I need an Ottawa personal injury lawyer?

    At our law firm we are regularly reminded why it is vitally important to get legal help early after an Ottawa motor vehicle accident.  When you don’t, valuable evidence can be lost or forgotten.

    Recently we were preparing our client for examination for discovery.  That is the step in the lawsuit when the other side’s lawyer gets to ask you questions about your accident and injuries.  Our client was intelligent and sophisticated.  However, he had been through so much in the aftermath of the accident, that the precise details of the accident itself had started to slip his mind.

    Fortunately, we had interviewed him shortly after the accident and had taken extensive notes about:

    • the route he took before the accident;
    • how he approached the intersection;
    • how long he waited for the light to turn green;
    • what position he was facing as he advanced;
    • whether or not he was drinking coffee at the time of the accident;
    • how long it was between the time he saw the vehicle that struck him and the impact itself;
    • what happened to his body inside the car on impact;
    • where his vehicle stopped;
    • what he did after the accident;
    • who was present at the scene and what they said; and
    • what pain or discomfort he felt at the scene.

    These are small details that can make a difference both to liability (ie who was responsible for the crash) and damages (ie the extent of your injuries).  Having a personal injury lawyer record your earliest recollections for you can save a lot of heart ache as time passes and life fills your head with details other than these.

    Do yourself a favour.  After a serious accident, have a legal consultation to determine what your options are.  For more info or to contact a personal injury lawyer, call 613 233-4529.

     

    Ottawa man killed in motorcycle accident, Wife Injured

    OTTAWA MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT-   54-year-old Mike Jefferies, a long time motorcycle rider, was killed on Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a minivan in front of the St. Laurent shopping centre.  His wife was riding with him and suffered serious injuries.

    Police were looking for witnesses to the crash.

    We extend our sympathies to the family.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a motorcycle injury, you may have access to statutory accident benefits and / or a claim against the at fault driver (or his or her insurance company).

    For more information about your rights after a motor vehicle accident call 613 233-4529.

     

     

     

    Ottawa Bus Crash Leads to Bylaw Charge

    OTTAWA BUS ACCIDENT — Ottawa police have charged a OC Transpo bus driver after an accident that sent a pedestrian to hospital in April 2012.  The charge was: “failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian using an authorized pedestrian crossover.”

    A 32 year old man was hit by the bus on April 4 near the Baseline and Woodroffe transit stations.  His serious injuries were life threatening.

    Did you know that it is very difficult to settle a case against the City of Ottawa without starting a law suit?  Unlike traditional motor vehicle accidents where you may be able to settle directly with an adjuster, OC Transpo cases usually requires an experienced personal injury lawyer to get the case done.

    If you need help with your bus accident case, let us know:  [email protected] or call 613 233-4529.

     

     

    I was in a serious car accident in Ottawa, what do I do?

    In an Ottawa accident? Here are some basic steps to take right away to protect yourself.

    Get the other driver’s information, including:

      • Name
      • Address, Telephone
      • Vehicle licence plate,  make and model
      • Driver’s licence  number
      • Other driver’s  insurance company and policy number

    If the other driver tries to deny you any of this information, call the police.

    Never admit you were at fault or agree to pay for any damage.

    Take photos of the accident scene, your car and your injuries.

    Make sure you get the name and phone number of any witnesses.

    Go to a doctor if you have been injured.  It is much harder to make a claim later on if you have not seen a doctor within the first week of your accident.

    Call the police.  We generally do not accept cases where the police were not called to the scene.

    Report the accident to your insurance company.

    Get free legal advice from a personal injury lawyer to see if you have a viable claim.

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