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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.

Preventing the causes of falling on stairs

Stairs can hazardous, whether they are in an Ontario home or business. The injuries that may be suffered from stairway falls are sometimes serious and cause long-term damage to the body. There are many reasons why people fall on stairs, but there are also ways that falls can be prevented.

One cause for stairway falls is hard-to-see steps because of poor lighting and poor step design. Improving lighting so that the stairs are clearly visible without creating shadows is one way to prevent falls. The steps also should not have visually distracting patterns, and the edges should be permanently marked to improve visibility.

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.