Fiery crash in Ontario kills 2

On behalf of: admin | Posted in: Car Accidents on: Thursday, February 5, 2015

Police report that two people from Calenonia were killed and two others were injured in an early morning three-vehicle crash on Jan. 28 near Hamilton. According to the report, the deadly accident took place on Highway 6 around 7 a.m. when an 18-year-old man driving a Volvo suddenly veered over into the opposite lanes and collided with an SUV, causing the Volvo to catch on fire. When they arrived at the scene, firefighters worked to control the heavy flames engulfing the Volvo.

Rescue personnel transported the Volvo driver to hospital where he was declared dead, and the SUV driver, a 53-year-old man, died at the scene. Also injured in the accident were a 44-year-old man and a 19-year-old man who are both from Dunnville. These men were travelling in a third car that was involved in the crash. They were transported to hospital for treatment of non-major injuries.

At the time of reporting, the investigation into the crash was ongoing. Authorities stated that they do not believe that weather caused the crash but are considering whether alcohol and speed were factors.

Oftentimes, people who are involved in highway collisions suffer fatal injuries. If a crash victim’s surviving family believes that their loved one died because of another person’s carelessness, they might be entitled to compensation for their losses, such as medical and funeral costs, loss of household income and other out-of-pocket expenses. They might also be compensated for noneconomic damages, which could include loss of companionship and guidance.

A local lawyer could assist the family with a wrongful death claim by thoroughly analyzing the accident report and witness accounts for information to substantiate the family’s claim that the accused driver’s negligent actions caused their loved one’s death. If the liable driver died in the car accident, the plaintiff might have to file the claim against his or her estate.

Source: CBC Hamilton, "OPP name two men killed Tuesday in crash south of Hamilton," Jan. 28, 2015

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