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Vehicle technology can help prevent accidents

Automakers realize the importance of manufacturing safe vehicles. With the help of advanced technology, these companies have been able to improve in this area with each passing year.

There is nothing automakers can do to prevent all accidents. There will always be times when a person makes the wrong decision on the road, thus leading to an accident that involves one or more vehicle.

What are the costs of spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury can change a person's life forever. Not only can this lead to paralysis, but it can have a negative impact on the injured party's finances.

The good thing is this: medicine and technology have come a long way. This means that anybody who suffers a spinal cord injury is able to get some type of treatment that allows him or her to improve his or her life and have a better outlook for the future.

Declining winter road care: a safety question?

Our mobile society is out and about on Ontario roads every day, rain or shine—or snow. Most drivers are safety-conscious and yet, motor vehicle accidents still happen. Sometimes, they can be caused by someone's carelessness, distraction or drunk driving. Other times, road conditions are to blame for the car wreck.

Recent reports explain the potential safety issue local drivers may have faced in the past and might continue to face next winter. The Auditor General reportedly found service levels performed by snow removal contractors have declined. She further reports that snow and ice removal equipment isn't sufficient to handle the job.

Compensation for amputation and disfigurement

There are many types of incidents that can result in amputation and/or disfigurement, including, but not limited to: motor vehicle accidents, sports accidents, and medical malpractice.

Not only are these serious, but they are also permanent. When a person suffers from an amputation or disfigurement, he or she will be forced to change their life in a number of ways.

What is the new framework to keep novice drivers safe?

Novice drivers often make mistakes on the road that cause an accident, leading to serious injury or death. For this reason, many countries are looking into ways to help beginner drivers to improve their skills in an efficient and effective manner.

A recent report by The Traffic Injury Research Foundation studies the new comprehensive Graduated Driver Licensing framework. This has been developed to deal with the increased crash risk of new and young drivers.

Data shows car accidents more likely to kill men than women

Ontario residents may be surprised to learn that, over the last 10 years, twice as many men have died in car accidents than women. According to the data, which was released on March 23, more than 2,300 men were killed while approximately 1,140 women died.

The data was taken between 2005 and 2014. The total number of deaths caused by car collisions within this time span was reported to be 3,504 individuals. It was determined that, of all of those who were killed, only 450 motorists were driving safely when they became involved in car accidents. Seventy percent of those killed were driving while 23 percent were passengers in vehicles involved in crashes. Additionally, seven percent of the fatalities were pedestrians. The data also revealed that men between the ages of 25 and 34 were most at risk for dying in car-related accidents.

Construction site accident kills 2 workers in Ontario

According to authorities, two men died in a construction site accident on March 27 in the High Park neighbourhood in Toronto. Reportedly, the accident occurred following a collapse of scaffolding shortly after 11 a.m.

The two men were contractors working at the site. The site, located on Bloor Street near its intersection with Pacific Avenue, is currently being developed into a condominium complex. Officers with the Toronto Police Department were called to the scene along with emergency medical personnel. One worker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other, a 37-year-old man, was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. After arrival, he was also pronounced dead.

Ontario steel company worker killed in forklift accident

An accident at a steel company in Mississauga claimed the life of a male employee, according to reports. The incident, which involved a forklift, occurred around 9:30 a.m. on March 23. Responding to a medical emergency, rescue personnel from Peel Region arrived and declared the 62-year-old employee dead. The medical emergency, however, was actually a work-related accident, a representative for local law enforcement officials stated.

According to the preliminary investigation, an employee who was operating a forklift apparently hit another employee with the machine, killing him. The 42-year-old forklift driver then tried to evade the police who arrived at the scene but was later arrested. The suspect faces charges for failing to remain at the scene of a collision causing death. The report indicated that it was unknown if Ontario's Ministry of Labour was alerted of the incident.

2 motorcyclists injured in 2 collisions, 1 Ontario driver charged

Authorities say that two motorcyclists were injured in different crashes on March 13 in Haldimand County. One of the accidents involved only a motorcyclist crashing at the intersection of Regional Road 70 and St. John's Road in the afternoon. The unidentified driver was hospitalised with non-life-threatening injuries.

In the other crash, a Pontiac heading north on Highway 6 was attempting to make a left-hand turn at First Line Road just as a Harley Davidson heading south on the highway was approaching the intersection. The two vehicles collided at around 12:45 p.m., forcing authorities to close the area for several hours during an initial investigation.

One killed, three hurt in Ontario accident

An Ontario woman lost her life in a multi-vehicle crash south of Exeter on March 4. Authorities said three other people were also injured in the accident.

According to police, a Jeep Wrangler was traveling north on London Road, also known as Highway 4, between Kirkton Road and Crediton Road when it crossed the centre line shortly after 6 a.m. The Jeep sideswiped an oncoming Toyota Solara then smashed into a southbound Chrysler Intrepid head-on. The Chrysler driver, a 46-year-old South Huron woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The Jeep driver, a 19-year-old Middlesex Centre man, was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.