Ottawa Lawyer: Ottawa Valley Experiences 350% increase in Fatal Accidents

Unlike most of Eastern Ontario, the area patrolled by the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police experienced an increase in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2009.   In 2008, the area saw only two fatal accidents.  In 2009, the area saw nine fatal accidents.  Affected communities include:  Petawawa, Calabogie, Pembroke, Arnprior, Deep River, Renfrew and Eganville.

In contrast, an early January 2010 release from the Ontario Provincial Police stated that fatal collisions on OPP patrolled highways in Eastern Ontario generally had been reduced by 28 per cent, related injuries reduced by 37 per cent and deaths reduced by 27 per cent. In response to the increase in serious accidents in the Upper Ottawa Valley area, the OPP are planning an increased police presence, and an increase in education.

Driver error, inattention and speed were some of the contributing factors to accidents in the region in 2009.

About the Author: Brenda Hollingsworth

Brenda Hollingsworth co-founded Ottawa’s Auger Hollingsworth in 2005 with her husband Richard Auger. Together, their mission was to create a personal injury law firm for Eastern Ontario that is unrivalled in the province for customer service and legal expertise. Brenda was named an Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 award recipient and took home the Women’s Business Network’s Businesswoman of the Year award in the Professional category. She was also recognized as one of Ottawa Life Magazine’s “Top 50 People in the Capital.” She is often quoted as an expert and has appeared in media outlets such as CTV, The Globe and Mail, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Sun Media, CBC, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, CFRA and many legal publications.

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