Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth – Bicycle and Car Accidents on Ottawa Streets

Lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth – Bicycle and Car Accidents on Ottawa Streets

Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth appeared on Daytime Ottawa today to review what steps you should take if you are injured in an Ottawa accident involving a motor vehicle and a bicycle.

Here is Auger Hollingsworth’s

10 Steps to Take After a Motor Vehicle – Bicycle Collision

  1. Get Safe–  Make sure you are off the road, out of the way of oncoming traffic.  Save yourself first, worry about your bike after.
  2. Don’t Apologize or Explain – Be polite but do not accept responsibility or explain what you were doing to the other driver(s).
  3. Call the Police and / or Ambulance–  Remember, what may seem like a minor accident or minor injuries can get much worse as the hours or days go by and pain sets in.  If you don’t call the police to the scene, you miss the opportunity to have a report done at the scene.  Get the officer’s name and badge number.
  4. Look for Witnesses.  Assuming you are able, track down the names and numbers of people who witnessed the accident.  Don’t have a pen and paper?  Consider texting the info on your cell.  Many PDA’s have “note” options.
  5. Take Photos–  Remember your cell phone has a camera.  Take photos of all sides of any vehicle involved, do a close up of any damage, consider photos of witnesses, license plate numbers and the accident scene.
  6. Exchange Information– Get the name and contact info of any involved driver and vehicle owner.  Take the driver’s license number and insurance information too.
  7. Get Immediate Medical Attention–  If you do not need to go to the emergency room, visit your family doctor or walk-in clinic shortly after the accident.  Sprains, strains and even fractures are not always immediately obvious.  If you wait, you may have a hard time proving the accident caused the injury.
  8. Document the Damage to Your Bike–   Have your bike assessed by an experienced bike technician or engineer before it is repaired or scrapped.
  9. Report the Accident.-  Even if the bike accident was not your fault, report it to your auto insurer to activate your accident benefits.  If you don’t have auto insurance, report the accident to the other person’s insurer.
  10. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free no Obligation Consultation.  If you contact Auger Hollingsworth, we will provide you with a free copy of our two books:  An Injured Victim’s Guide to Fairm Compensation and Crash Course:  A Savvy Woman’s Guide to Ontario Accident Claims.  Both have important information for cycling accident victims.

If you have been injured by a car while riding a bicycle or as a pedestrian, it’s important to speak with a top personal injury lawyer as soon as you’ve received necessary medical treatment. For more information, contact the Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

How to Choose an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

How to Choose an Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer

OTTAWA INJURY LAWYER – Choosing an Ottawa personal injury lawyer for your serious injury claim is an important decision.  Brenda Hollingsworth was selected by one client whose family had interviewed many other lawyers before choosing the Auger Hollingsworth law firm.  Of course we are pleased that we were selected to assist this seriously injured lady.  However, we were just as happy to see a family playing close attention to how they were selecting a lawyer.

For one thing, selecting from the Yellow Pages is no longer the best move.  Many top lawyers (including the lawyer at this firm) no longer even list in the Yellow Pages.  We made that decision two years ago because we felt that it was not a great medium to communicate our message.  Other excellent personal injury lawyers have made the same decision. So, if you chose only based on Yellow Pages listings, you will miss many great candidates.

We strongly caution injured people against signing up with law firms who troll the halls of the local hospitals.  In our opinion, good lawyers do not solicit clients in the hospital.  There is usually no legal issue in your case that is so urgent that it cannot wait until you get a chance to speak to a lawyer of your choosing.  The social workers in the hospital can help you research lawyers if need be, or can call a lawyer for you for a no-obligation consultation if you have an immediate legal need.  However, there will rarely be a situation where a seriously injured vicitm will be forced into a legal situation warranting a quick hire of a lawyer who “just so happens” to be dropping by.   The personal injury lawyer of your choosing will, in all likelihood, come to the hospital to meet with you if you need them to.  We certainly do this all the time.

Websites are an excellent place to start your search for an Ottawa lawyer.  Many personal injury websites contain useful information that can make you a more educated consumer.  We hope you feel that way about ours.

But no website can take the place of actually speaking with the lawyer (not just the paralegal) who will be handling your case from start to finish.  Personal injury claims can take a while to resolve.  You need to have a relationship with that lawyer that can stand the test of time.  Do you communicate well with the lawyer? Does she (or he) listen well and explain what you want to know, when you want to know it?  All of that matters as the weeks turn into months and you are wondering what is going on with your case.  One of the videos in our “Video Library” is there to give you an idea of what to expect at the initial client interview.

We urge all injured vicitms who contact us to be certain before they select a personal injury lawyer.  While it is possible to change lawyers part way through a case, it is not easy or free to do so.

Injured in an Ottawa accident and looking for a lawyer to help you make your accident claim? Contact the Ottawa accident lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth today by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer is Cited in Several US Blogs

Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer is Cited in Several US Blogs

You will recall our early blog posts about Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth’s interview about the changes to the statutory accident benefits and their likely negative impact on many accident victims in Ottawa and elsewhere in Ontario.  Here, again,  is the link to the interview.

Our interview has been cited by the leading personal injury attorneys at Bisnar | Chase in this blog.  Prominent Kentucky personal injury lawyer Mike Schafer posted a blog about the intereview here.  Successful personal injury attorney Kenny Christenson of Salt Lake City, Utah posted about it here.

Cutting the medical rehabilitation benefits in half is just too harsh for those who do not have extended health care benefits through their jobs.

Ottawa Lawyer: Are you ready for Examination for Discovery

Ottawa Lawyer: Are you ready for Examination for Discovery

One of the most important steps in your personal injury law suit is examination for discovery.  During the examination, you are asked questions under oath about the key aspects of your medical history, employment, family life and the accident itself.  Careful preparation for discovery is key.

In this video, Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth describes to new lawyers what steps she takes to prepare her clients for discovery.  If you enjoy the video, please leave a comment on You Tube.  We love your comments.

Ottawa Injury Lawyer on Ask the Expert

Ottawa Injury Lawyer on Ask the Expert

Enjoy this video where Ottawa personal injury lawyer Brenda Hollingsworth speaks to the A Morning host about personal injury claims in Ontario.

Brenda will be appearing again on March 30th to answer your personal injury questions.

Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer Videos

We posted some new videos on You Tube, and various other sites. Yes, they are home made. No, we did not hire Hollywood writers. But, we think they might actually be helpful!!

The first one is about what to expect when you first meet a personal injury lawyer. I describe what I think you should hear at the meeting (such as a plan for handling the case) and what you should not expect to hear (such as a hard sell) and some other tips I hope you find useful.

The second video explains the merits of seeing a lawyer early after the accident. There are important steps after an accident that really should be taken right away. Have a listen to see if you agree.

Have you been involved in an Ontario accident and are dealing with injury as a result? Don’t rely on advice from videos alone – get in touch with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help you proceed with your claim. For more information, contact the Ottawa lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth by email [email protected] or by phone at (613) 233-4529.

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