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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.

The woman died in the crash, and the man was released after paramedics examined him. However, police charged him under the Highway Traffic Act for not stopping at the red light and for careless driving. His court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 14.

The accidental death of a loved one can have emotional and financial impacts on the surviving family members. Although seeking compensation for financial damages cannot bring their loved one back, it could provide some relief as the survivors deal with their loss. Some of the financial damages that they might be able to recover include the loss of the loved one’s earnings and the cost of the funeral and burial.

To avoid dealing with the stress that may come with filing a claim for compensation, the survivors could seek the advice and guidance of a lawyer. The lawyer might hire outside help, such as an investigator, to gather all of the details of the accident. This may help the lawyer prove that the loved one was not at fault in the accident, leading to a successful claim for compensation.

Source: Ottawa Citizen, “Alberta man charged in fatal Highway 17 crash near Renfrew,” Meghan Hurley, Sept. 16, 2014; CBC News, “West Quebec woman killed in Highway 17 crash,” Sept. 16, 2014