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Wrong-way drunk driver kills 1 in highway crash

Ontario Provincial Police confirmed that a 31-year-old man from St. Catharines was killed in a wrong way crash on Oct. 21. According to police, an attempt was made to intercept the wrong-way vehicle prior to the two-car accident. The collision occurred before the police were able to stop the negligent driver.

Police were alerted to the presence of the wrong-way driver when a 911 call came in at 5:12 a.m. The caller reported seeing a blue Toyota Tundra travelling in the opposite direction of traffic along the QEW, going towards Niagara. Approximately one minute later, the Toyota collided head-on with a Buick sedan near the intersection of Fifty Road.

Who can be held liable for a traumatic brain injury?

According to the Ontario Brain Injury Association, more than 1 million children in the United States and Canada suffer traumatic brain injuries every year. Some of the incidents that cause these injuries are sports, bicycle and motor vehicle accidents, and most of them result in litigation. This makes it important for parents to be aware of who is liable for causing brain injuries of children and how the justice system works.

When a case for personal injury is filed, a person or entity must be named as liable for causing the injury. The liable person or entity is referred to as the defendant. Since a brain injury is most likely to occur during a traumatic event, the usual basis for liability lies with the negligent actions of the defendant. Negligence is the failure to exercise the degree of care that a prudent person is obligated to exhibit.

Understanding and dealing with spinal cord injuries

There are various situations that can contribute to a spinal cord injury, and some injuries can be more severe than others are. An Ontario resident may wonder how to manage living a normal life in extreme cases. The adjustments necessary to achieve a quality of life that a victim held prior to the injury can be significant, especially in cases involving paraplegia or quadriplegia. Paraplegia is the loss of sensation and motion in the legs and lower portion of the body, and quadriplegia is the loss of sensation and motion in the arms and chest as well as in the lower part of the body.

After spinal damage occurs, a hospital begins treatment promptly in order to limit the potential for further damage. Steroids may be administered in order to address swelling, and X-rays and other imaging techniques are used to identify the location of an injury. Additional testing is performed to pinpoint areas where sensation has been lost. If recovery is likely, it usually takes place during the initial six months after an injury.

Insurance benefits available to motor vehicle accident victims

Ontario auto insurance policies are required to provide Statutory Accident Benefits Coverage. This provides insurance against injuries and fatalities suffered not only by drivers, but also their passengers during a motor vehicle accident. Moreover, it pays benefits without regard to fault. There are several different types of accident benefits available through this coverage.

Statutory Accident Benefits may include, for example, compensation for lost wages, medical and rehabilitation expenses and even the costs associated with hiring an attendant due to injuries suffered in the accident. In addition to that, compensation may be available to cover care-providing costs when the injured party had served as a caretaker prior to the accident but can no longer fulfill those duties.

Highway 17 T-bone crash kills 1

Ontario Provincial Police say that on Sept. 15, a Quebec woman lost her life in a T-bone collision near Renfrew. The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 17 and Bruce Street around 11 p.m. The accident forced the closure of the highway overnight, during which time a detour was implemented.

According to authorities, a 47-year-old man was pulling a trailer with a pickup truck in the eastbound lanes of the highway and did not stop at the intersection for a red traffic light. At that moment, a 46-year-old woman was driving north on Bruce Street and passing through the intersection. The pickup truck hit the woman's car on the driver's side.

Man charged in fatal Ontario motorcycle accident

According to officials, a Chevrolet and motorcycle were involved in a collision in Zorra Township at 19th Line at Road 64 on Sept. 7 about 12:45 p.m. The motorcyclist was killed in the accident and the Chevrolet's driver was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Investigators concluded that the accident was caused by the actions of a negligent driver. Officials say that the Chevrolet veered across the centre line and struck the motorcycle as it headed east. The Chevrolet's driver has been charged with causing death by criminal negligence and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Brain injuries: causes and effects

Ontario residents might not be aware of the pernicious nature of acquired brain injuries. When people suffer post-natal damage to the brain on account of a traumatic or non-traumatic event, they may be susceptible to memory loss, communicative disabilities and even paralysis.

The prevalence of acquired brain injuries is not just a national issue, but a local concern as well. Countrywide, the number of victims reaches approximately 50,000 annually, according to statistics. In Ontario alone, some 44 people per day suffer an acquired brain injury, many of them due to accidents involving automobiles or in the workplace.

Ontario property owner might be liable for your accident

If you have been injured in an accident that occurred on someone else's property, the property owner or another party responsible for maintaining the property might be liable for the damages you have suffered. The Occupier's Liability Act requires that all property be maintained in such a way that it is safe for anyone who enters the property as well as for those in close proximity to the property. This includes public as well as private property.

Suppose, for example, that you were on public property and fell because you slipped on a wet floor or an icy sidewalk. Depending on the exact circumstances, the wet floor or icy sidewalk might be considered a dangerous property condition, and the property owner or manager may have been negligent in not correcting the condition.

Teen dies in Highway 17 crash, driver charged

On Aug. 21, a three-vehicle accident on Highway 17 left one teen dead and two other people injured. Ontario Provincial Police say that the 11:30 p.m. crash occurred in Greater Sudbury on the southwest bypass between Fielding Road and Southview Drive.

Following a preliminary investigation, police determined that a pickup truck heading west collided with a pickup and a car, both of which were travelling east. The 39-year-old man who was driving the westbound pickup suffered non-life-threatening injuries, while the man driving the eastbound pickup suffered minor injuries; both were hospitalised. The 18-year-old male driver of the eastbound car, however, died on the scene.

Police looking for hit-and-run driver

Ontario Provincial Police say one person was injured in a hit-and-run accident on Aug. 18. The crash involved three vehicles that collided on County Road 17 in Wendover shortly before 3 p.m. The female driver who was hurt in the accident was reported to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries. She was the only occupant of her vehicle.

Police say the car accident took place when the driver of a blue Mazda 3 attempted to pass a Kia. After the Mazda hit the Kia, the Kia collided with a truck that was driving in the opposite lane of traffic. Following the collisions, the Mazda driver apparently fled the scene. The driver was reported to be traveling eastbound out of the Wendover area, and the vehicle was described as a two-door hatchback model.