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Ontario accident kills 1, injures 3

Authorities in Ontario have reported that two accidents on Highway 17 near Marathon left a 35-year-old man dead and three others injured on Feb. 20. Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police responded to the accident scene north of Lake Superior at approximately 7 p.m. Police did not immediately say if the accidents had been caused by road conditions or driver error.

According to a police report, the first car accident took place when a vehicle lost control at a bend. The vehicle, which had been proceeding westbound, came to a rest against the guardrail with part of its bodywork in the roadway. A second driver then pulled over to offer assistance. A third vehicle, then arrived at the scene and struck the vehicle that was partially in the roadway.

The three occupants of the first vehicle that crashed all suffered injuries in the subsequent collision, and they were transported to an area hospital by responding emergency services personnel. Two of the occupants suffered only minor injuries, but a 35-year-old Orilla man was later pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle that stopped to offer assistance was also taken to hospital and is said to have suffered a severe head injury.

While collisions such as this one, may be caused by poor visibility or mechanical failure, an inattentive or reckless driver is often responsible for car accidents. Automobile accident injuries can be life changing, but accident victims may sometimes pursue civil remedies. A personal injury lawyer may file a lawsuit on their behalf, seeking to hold negligent drivers financially responsible for the injury, loss or damage they have caused. This litigation could pursue damages for an accident victim's lost income, property damage and expenses.

Source: CBC News, "Highway accident kills Orillia man, injures 3," Feb. 22, 2015

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