OTTAWA LAWYER- It seems that we are always hearing stories of Ontario car accidents, whether it be on the radio, television or in the newspapers. While vehicle collisions seem to be a part of life and not all can be avoided, it is interesting to look at statistics to see if Ontario car accidents are on the rise or if such collisions are occurring less often. As Ontario personal injury lawyers, we often have clients who have been injured in a car accident. Because of this, we like to stay as up to date as possible on the statistics regarding Ontario vehicle collisions. We’d like to share some of the 2010 Ontario car accident statistics with you.
According to Ottawa police reports, the number of fatalities due to car accidents increased in 2010. Despite this, the overall number of vehicle collisions and subsequent injuries decreased. In fact, according to the 2010 Crime, Police and Traffic Statistics report, car accidents decreased by four percent. There are less accidents but the accidents that occur seem to be more severe given the higher fatality rate. Ottawa statistics indicate that out of thirty collisions in Ottawa last year, thirty-four people were killed. The 2009 statistics show that twenty-five people were killed in car accidents of that year.
The total number of car accidents in Ottawa decreased from approximately 13, 900 in 2009 to about 13, 300 in 2010. Although those numbers still seem high, approximately six-hundred fewer accidents in 2010 is still significant. The reasons for the apparent decrease in accidents are uncertain and each situation has a different set of circumstances. While we may not be able to pin-point why the number of vehicle collisions decreased, we should still be encouraged by the numbers.
It appears as though fewer injuries occurred due to Ottawa accidents as well. 2009 statistics report that there were approximately 2,700 accidents where injuries were reported compared to about 2,600 in 2010. Although the difference is only 100, it is still encouraging to see that fewer people are being injured in car accidents.
While the 2010 car accident statistics are positive, we should still take driving seriously and remember that vehicle collisions can happen at any time. If you were recently injured in an Ontario car accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to discuss your case. Our number is 613 233-4529.