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Deadly crash kills 1, injures 3 in Ontario

On Feb. 20, a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a 35-year-old man occurred on Highway 17 in northern Ontario, according to a report. Three other individuals who were involved suffered injuries and were hospitalized.

According to the police, the crash happened about 15 kilometres west of Marathon when a vehicle travelling westbound on the highway failed to negotiate a curve and struck the guide rail. The disabled vehicle, which became lodged in the guide rail, was also partly in the roadway. An eastbound driver noticed the disabled vehicle and pulled over to offer assistance. While the motorists were waiting for additional help, a third motorist, who was heading westbound, suddenly veered over, crashed into the initial disabled car and injured the two men.

Right of way rules at intersections in Ontario

Thousands of Ontario residents are killed or injured each year in car accidents, and many of these collisions occur at intersections. While some of these incidents are caused by speeding, distracted or intoxicated drivers, many others occur as a result of motorists being unsure who has the right of way in a given situation.

Even low speed motor vehicle accidents that occur when motorists make mistakes over who has the right of way, can lead to serious injuries, and this is especially true when a cyclist or pedestrian is struck by a passenger vehicle making an unexpected turn. The rules governing are outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and they generally require that drivers should yield to vehicles approaching from the right.

Accident claims 2 in Cornwall

Officers with the OPP reported that a motor vehicle accident claimed the lives of two men on Feb. 3. The accident reportedly occurred on Highway 401 around 6 a.m. in Cornwall.

Reportedly, a 54-year-old Cornwall man was driving east on the highway with a 22-year-old passenger from Quebec. His vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer being driven by a 47-year-old Brampton man. Emergency responders pronounced the 54-year-old man dead at the accident scene, while his 22-year-old passenger was transported via emergency vehicles to the hospital for treatment. He died at the hospital of his injuries. The 47-year-old truck driver was also sent to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Fiery Ontario collision kills 2, injures 2

A three-car accident in Ontario resulted in the deaths of two people on Jan. 27. The accident occurred just before 7 a.m. on Highway 6 in Mt. Hope.

A spokesperson for Ontario Provincial Police said that a Volvo driven by an 18-year-old man crossed the centre line and struck an SUV travelling in an opposing lane. The Volvo caught fire after the collision. A third vehicle crashed into the SUV and the Volvo, and all three vehicles spun sideways away from the site of that collision.

Fatal Ontario bus accident leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

A 56-year-old woman died and three other individual were injured in an Ontario bus accident on Jan. 14. The rollover accident happened around 10 p.m. on Highway 407. The woman was ejected from the bus and died at the scene, and one witness broke windows to help the driver and other individuals out of the bus. The driver and two other passengers were transferred to the hospital while two other passengers were uninjured.

The bus, which was headed toward York University, went over the guardrail near Weston Road. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. A representative from GO Transit would not comment as to whether the driver, who had 15 years of experience, had any medical conditions. There were also no known mechanical issues with the bus, and the accident remains under investigation. There was no video camera on the bus, but investigators are reviewing the on-board diagnostic computer. They are also continuing to interview witnesses.

Statutory Accident Benefits Coverages and car accidents

In Ontario, all insurance policies carry what is termed Statutory Accident Benefits Coverages, which mandates the provision of certain categories of benefits in the event someone is injured in an automobile accident. Under the law, people who are injured or the families of those killed may be compensated for certain types of losses.

By filing a claim with the at-fault driver's policy, injured people may receive money to replace lost income. If a person does not have wages from work and is not a caregiver, he or she may still be able to receive compensation if he or she is no longer able to carry on normally. Caregiver compensation is available to people who provide care services for others in order to compensate for expenses.

Toronto bus hits streetcar, 4 injured as a result

Two public transportation vehicles in the capital of Ontario collided on Dec. 27, authorities reported. Four people were injured in the accident, which reportedly occurred just after 10 a.m. at the Toronto intersection of Danforth Avenue and Main Street.

According to authorities, a bus that had just departed from Toronto Transit Commission's central depot attempted to turn left onto eastbound Danforth Avenue when it collided with a TTC streetcar that was traveling north on Main Street. The force of the impact derailed the streetcar and damaged both vehicles, reportedly.

4 hurt in Ontario bus collision

According to police, a Dec. 27 accident involving two Toronto Transit Commission vehicles, a bus and a streetcar, left four individuals injured. The investigation into the cause of the collision is reportedly ongoing.

The two-vehicle accident transpired at about 10:15 a.m. That is when the southbound bus purportedly struck the northbound streetcar at the intersection of Danforth Avenue and Main Street. Officials said the bus was attempting to make a left turn at the time of the crash. Emergency personnel took four individuals to hospitals, where they were treated for minor injuries. One of the injured individuals had been extracted from an involved vehicle on a backboard, apparently.

Ontario man turns himself in, faces charges in fatal accident

Officials indicated that a 39-year-old truck driver responsible for a fatal accident in June turned himself into police on Dec. 17. He is now facing multiple charges, including dangerous driving causing death.

The accident reportedly occurred when the 39-year-old man was driving a transport truck on westbound Highway 401 and hit another westbound vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, near the Thickson Road exit. Two passengers were in the Toyota, one of whom, a 29-year-old man, was killed on account of the highway crash.

The parties who pay for accident victims' health services

Drivers, passengers and other road users who are injured in Ontario vehicle accidents are entitled to paid non-professional health care services by automobile insurers under the Statutory Accident Benefit Schedule of the Insurance Act. However, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care might cover other expenses.

Some of the health care services that automobile insurers may pay for are community support such as caregivers, social or recreational services, transportation and meals, and home repair and maintenance. They might also pay for attendant care, homemaking and personal support services such as house cleaning, preparing meals, laundry and personal hygiene assistance. Auto insurers generally arrange these services through long-term care facilities, Community Care Access Centres or other agencies that receive funding through the ministry, and they directly pay the service providers.