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5 hospitalised after Ontario head-on accident

Hamilton police and firefighters say that five people were sent to hospitals after a head-on accident on March 23. The motor vehicle accident, which involved a car and an SUV, took place on Wilson Street near Alberton Road at about 12:30 p.m.

Officials did not give any details as to how the accident happened, but the section of road was shut down while the collision reconstruction unit investigated the scene and cleanup crews cleared the wreckage. They are still trying to determine if alcohol or speed contributed to the car accident.

The driver in the sedan, who is estimated to be in her 20s, had to be extricated and was set free at about 1:15 p.m. She suffered critical injuries and was transported to Hamilton General Hospital. There were four people in the SUV: a 45-year-old woman and three 17-year-old boys. The woman suffered serious injuries that were not life-threatening, and she was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The three teens suffered minor injuries and were taken to McMaster Children’s Hospital.

People who suffer injuries in car accidents that are not their fault have a right to seek compensation through personal injury claims against the at-fault party. The compensation could help the victims recover out-of-pocket expenses that their insurance companies do not cover, loss of income during treatment and recovery, loss of future income due to accident-related disabilities and pain and suffering.

In cases where the victims suffer serious injuries, personal injury compensation may be awarded for accessibility modifications to the victims’ homes and vehicles. Sometimes compensation is also awarded to family members who are affected by the victims’ injuries.

Source: CBC Hamilton, “Head-on crash near Ancaster sends five to hospital Sunday“, March 23, 2014