Westboro crash leaves Ottawa woman suffering head injuries.

Serious head injuries at the scene of an Ottawa motor vehicle accident.

June 30th 2013 – An early morning, 2-vehicle accident at the intersection of Richmond Road and Golden Avenue sent two women to hospital.

When Police arrived on scene they treated a woman in her twenties for serious head injuries and rushed her to the Ottawa Hospital’s trauma center in critical condition.

A woman in her sixties drove the second car.  She had to be removed from her vehicle with the help of Firefighters and the Jaws of Life. She was taken to the hospital in stable condition suffering chest and abdominal injuries.

What should your next step be after suffering head injuries in an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

After receiving emergency medical treatment, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer to consider whether you have a claim for compensation and to ensure you receive all of the medical benefits you are entitled to under the accident benefit regime.

After an Ottawa or Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident where you suffer head injuries, you will want to make sure you get all the required medical attention to support your claim and case.  This may include seeing a neuropsychologist or neurologist. Neurologists, are medical doctors who specialize in all things related to the brain and nervous system. They examine the ways your brain and nerves have been affected by an injury post accident. After a neurologist has examined you, they will recommend treatment. This can include rehabilitation and surgery.  Neuropsychologists, study behaviors and psychological processes relating to the structures and functions of the brain. They will take your history, run tests and then write a report on their findings. This report can be used by your personal injury lawyer to support your case and show medical intervention.

If you have suffered serious injuries after an Ottawa or Eastern Ontario motor vehicle accident call us at 613-860-4529. We can tell you the appropriate “next step” to take, and assist you in applying for benefits that can aid you after your accident and during your recovery.

When should I call the Police after an Ontario motor vehicle accident?

After suffering a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa there are many things going through your mind.  Many people wonder when they should call the Police to the scene.  Is it only when there is significant damage to the car, or are there other considerations to keep in mind?

If you have been involved in an Ontario motor vehicle accident and sustained injuries resulting in a loss of work or mobility call Brenda Hollingsworth Personal Injury Lawyers at 613-860-4529 for a free consultation. We can advise you on the best options for your claim and how to pursue compensation.

There are a lot of considerations to take into account after an Ontario motor vehicle accident. The amount of damage on a car can be deceiving.  A trailer hitch for example can take a great deal of impact without looking overly damaged. However, the driver could have suffered significant impact from the hit.

There is never a “bad reason” to call the Police when in a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa. If you feel any pain or think you may have suffered a personal injury,  call the police to attend the scene so that they will file a report. It will help you support your claim later on.

Watch CTVMorning Live as Kurt Stoodley and Brenda Hollingsworth speak about personal injury claims after an Ontario motor vehicle accidents and when to call the Police.

Have you suffered an Ontario motor vehicle accident? Call the Ottawa personal injury lawyers at Brenda Hollingsworth’s office for a free consultation. They can show you your rights and how to fight for fair compensation.

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.


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.

10 Tips for being a Great Witness Against the Driver Who Hit You

Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer– If you are involved in a serious car accident, it is possible that the other driver was charged with an offence, either under the Highway Traffic Act or under the Criminal Code of Canada.

If you are injured and intend to claim compensation, the outcome of the charges can impact the success of your civil claim for damages.  We often hear from our Ottawa and Eastern Ontario clients that they were very surprized that the prosecutor (the Crown) was not more attentive to them and did not prepare them better for the trial.   Remember that the prosecutor is not “your lawyer” at someone else’s criminal or traffic offence trial.   The prosecutor will rarely have time to do more than speak with you briefly before trial.

To help you provide the best evidence possible, here are some suggestions.

  1. Before the trial, meet with your own personal injury lawyer to review what documents you have which describe how the accident occurred.  You may have a copy of the motor vehicle accident report as well as your own written descriptions of the accident on the accident benefit application forms.  You will want to know what you have said about the accident in the past.  One way defence lawyers secure aquittals is by showing inconsistencies in the witnesses’ stories.  You will want to be as consistent as possible.  If there are inconsistencies, you will want to think about why that is, and consider how to handle questions about those inconsistencies.
  2. You will want to show up early on the day of the trial to increase the chance of being able to meet with the prosecutor and to make sure you are in the right courtroom etc.  If you have not done so beforehand, specifically ask the prosecutor for an opportunity to review any statements they have in their possession from you.  Review your statement(s) carefully.
  3. Dress the way you would dress for a job interview.  You do not need to buy new clothes for the trial, but make sure you look as professional and respectable as possible.
  4. Speak slowly and clearly when providing your testimony. To be a good witness, ensure that everyone in the courtroom is able to hear and understand what you are saying. Often there is a microphone in the witness box.  However, it does not always amplify.  Sometimes it simply records your evidence for the court reporter.
  5. Sit up straight in your chair when testifying. Look and appear comfortable, but try to appear serious.  If you are injured and need a break from testifying, or need to stretch or walk due to your injuries, ask the permission of the judge before doing so, and explain why you need to do so.
  6. Listen carefully to the questions you are asked by both the prosector and the defence lawyer.  Only answer the specific question you are asked and then stop talking.
  7. When you give your evidence, only state facts that you are certain are true based on your own knowledge or experience. Do not speculate or supply information about someone else’s testimony. You should only speak about things you witnessed personally or know from your own circumstances.  If there is something you don’t remember, don’t be afraid to say so.
  8. Don’t rush your answers. Take your time answering each question the lawyers ask you. Though it’s a good idea to be prompt in supplying your answer to each question, you do not want to run the risk of providing misinformation because you misunderstand the question.
  9. Stay calm, cool and collected.  You may get upset while testifying.  It is okay (and common) to cry.  It is not okay to lose your temper.  During cross-examination by the defence lawyer, you will be required to answer questions that will challenge your credibility. It is possible that these questions may be aggressive and hostile.  Do your best to maintain your self-control while answering the questions.
  10. Be very careful when you answer questions about your injuries and disabilities as a result of the accident.  It is very likely that the insurance company’s lawyer will request a copy of the transcript of your evidence at the criminal trial.  If asked, you will want to be sure that you identify all of your injuries (from head to toe), not just the worst ones.  You may want to rush through this “to get it over with”.  However, it is very important that you do not do so.

Your experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer can help you through the process of testifying at traffic court or in criminal court.  If you would like help from the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth, call us at 613 860-4529 or email us at [email protected]

Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Dangerous Ottawa Intersections

Ottawa Accident Lawyer: Dangerous Ottawa Intersections

Ottawa’s Favorite Accidents – The City of Ottawa’s statistics on car accidents are reviewed on:http://www.ottawamotorcycle.ca/ottacc.shtml.    There are ten intersections in Ottawa that have had the most motor vehicle accidents. Check out the statistics for the number of accidents that have occurred in 1998, 2000, and year 2004.

If you have been injured in a serious motor vehicle collision, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.  The lawyers at Ottawa law firm Auger Hollingsworth are very pleased to assist you with your car accident case.  Call us at 613 233-4529 or email [email protected]

Ottawa Lawyer: Teens and Youth in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Ottawa Lawyer: Teens and Youth in Motor Vehicle Accidents

As personal injury lawyers we find these numbers very troubling.

In Canada, over 700 young people (aged 15-24) are killed every year in road crashes, including car accidents, truck accidents and other motor vehicle accidents. On top of that, around 50,000 children are seriously injured in car accidents. These numbers make motor vehicle crashes the leading cause of death among young people, surpassing suicides and other accidents. The Traffic Injury Research Foundation addresses this issue and its future trends in detail and emphasizes the importance of finding new effective initiatives to prevent so many deaths and injuries.


If your teen has been in an accident, speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer.  Ottawa lawyers Richard Auger or Brenda Hollingsworth will speak to you if you call 613 233-4529 or email [email protected]

Ontario Automobile Accident Checklist-What to Do After an Accident

Ontario Automobile Accident Checklist-What to Do After an Accident

 Ottawa car accidents can happen at any time.  If you were involved in an Ottawa Car accident, here is a “checklist” that can help you take the steps you need to protect your legal rights after an Ottawa car accident.

Remain Calm After the Ottawa Car Accident:

Do what you need to do to protect your passengers and car. If you need to, call an ambulance and the police.  If you carry flares, set them out carefully.  Remember, do not leave the scene of the Ottawa car accident.

Exchange Information After the Ottawa Car Accident:

Exchange your name, license number, registration and insurance information with any other driver in the accident. Do not discuss the Ottawa auto accident with anyone other than the police. Do not discuss who was at fault or who is going to pay for any property damage.  Do not promise or agree not to call your insurance company.

Verify Ownership Information After the Ottawa Car Accident:

Make sure you write down the name, home address, and insurance company information of the owner of any vehicle involved in the Ottawa car accident, not just the driver.  Remember, you cannot assume that just because someone was driving the car that same person owns the car.  Check to see if it is a company car.

Collect Information From Witnesses to the Ottawa Car Accident:

Write down the witnesses’ names, addresses, and phone numbers of any people who saw the Ottawa Auto Accident as bystanders.  Try and get a business card in addition, if they have one.

Create a Diagram or Map of the Scene of the Ottawa Car Accident:

Note the date and time of the Ottawa car accident on the map.  Make sure your map includes information about the location of the auto accident, including the intersection, street names, any stop lights or traffic control signs, or other landmarks.  Try to position your vehicle on the map, as well as any other vehicles.

Get Experienced Legal Advice to Protect Your Legal Rights After the Ottawa Car Accident:

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in an Ottawa car accident, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.    You’ve already been the victim in an accident.  Don’t be a victim to the insurance company.

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