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Trucker accused of criminal negligence in fatal 401 crash

On Jan. 14, Crown attorneys issued their closing submissions in the criminal negligence trial of a transport driver accused of causing a deadly 2017 traffic accident. The crash, which involved six vehicles, occurred on Highway 401 near Highway 15 in Ontario.

According to witness statements presented in court, the defendant admitted that he had been bending down in the cab of his tractor-trailer truck when he rear-ended a Ford Focus that had slowed due to heavy traffic in the early morning of May 11, 2017. His truck then hit a GardaWorld armoured truck that was ahead of the Ford, which started a chain-reaction crash involving a Kenworth Eagle truck hauling mail, an empty tanker truck and a big rig hauling a 52-foot CA Transport trailer. The driver of the Ford and his three passengers were all killed instantly. The two occupants of the GardaWorld truck and the CA Transport driver were also seriously injured in the collision.

Impaired driver hits Centennial College students, kills two

Ontario residents may have heard about a single-vehicle crash that took place near the Progress Campus of Toronto's Centennial College. At around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22, police responded to a call about an incident at the intersection of Markham Road and Progress Avenue. Upon arriving, they found that a vehicle had hit three pedestrians.

The three were international students at Centennial College. Two men, both 19 years old, suffered life-threatening injuries, were taken to the hospital and died there. The third, 21 years old, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. The 21-year-old was the brother of one of the 19-year-old victims.

Pedestrian accidents more common in less affluent areas

When there is an auto accident in Ontario or elsewhere in Canada, people who are among the most vulnerable to injury and death are pedestrians and bicyclists. There are many preconceived notions as to why this is the case, including encountering a drunk driver, a distracted driver or a reckless driver. However, there are often other reasons for the prevalence of pedestrian accidents, especially in certain areas.

Analysis of low-income parts of Toronto indicates that pedestrians are at greater risk than in more affluent locations. CBC Toronto used more than a decade of police records to come to its conclusions. One area was specifically dangerous with five pedestrian fatalities from 2008 to 2018. This is notable because the area's 2016 annual income per household was almost 70% less than the city median. During that same time, 25 pedestrians were seriously hurt after being hit by an automobile.

Girl dies in crash involving taxi

A 17-year-old girl died in an accident that took place in North York on Nov. 25. The girl was a passenger in a Mazda that collided with a taxi at the intersection of Don Mills Road and Green Belt Drive. Authorities were called to the scene of the accident at about 12:05 p.m. According to police, the Mazda was traveling in the northbound lane of Don Mills Road when it was struck by the taxi.

At the time of the wreck, the taxi was attempting to make a left onto Green Belt Drive, and the collision caused the Mazda to strike a traffic pole. Police say that the deceased individual was trapped in the car and that she died at the scene. The driver and two other passengers experienced only minor injuries, and authorities said that the driver of the taxi was not injured. They also said that the person operating the taxi stayed at the scene of the crash.

Ontario snowfall results in large number of crashes

The day of heavy snow for the winter in Ontario resulted in hundreds of car accidents because of reckless or negligent driving on dangerous roads. According to a sergeant with the Ontario Provincial Police, there were more than 400 crashes investigated over a 24 hour period, not including all the cars that lost control or spun out on their own. A special weather advisory was issued by Environment Canada at the beginning of the storm, and Winter Operations advised drivers via Twitter that there would be salt trucks operating throughout the day.

The OPP sergeant said he was not aware of any crashes that resulted in serious injuries, but added that many drivers may not want to talk about their accidents because they were driving too fast. The ultimate factor to blame in almost all of the 400 car accidents, according to the sergeant, would be driver error. Ontario officials are warning drivers to allow themselves extra drive time to deal with slick roads and traffic due to crashes.

Why time shifts can lead to more crashes

In Ontario, personal injury accidents between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. increase dramatically in the 30 days after the clocks get set back an hour. This is partially because drivers in the province and throughout Canada are more likely to be driving home in the dark. A lack of light can make it harder to navigate roads that could also be slick with rain or leaves. It can also be harder to see when rain falls on pavement that is now illuminated by street lights.

According to government statistics, the personal injury rate goes up 19% during that period of time. However, the pedestrian collision rate actually falls by about 6% when the rest of the day is accounted for. Furthermore, the collision rate actually drops in November when compared to the period from June through October.

5-vehicle crash on Highway 401 injures 2, claims life of 1

Ontario residents should know about a fatal accident that occurred in Southwold Township on the morning of Oct. 18. Five vehicles, including two passenger vehicles, two tractor-trailers and one five-tonne commercial truck, were involved. The accident led to a temporary closure of the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 between Iona Road and Union Road.

The Ontario Provincial Police advised drivers to follow the Emergency Detour Route that had been set up to divert traffic from the scene of the accident. Too many drivers were slowing down to gaze at the accident scene, compromising everyone's safety on the road and creating other problems. The police have warned drivers that slowing down and rubbernecking can itself lead to a collision.

Filing a claim following a slip-and-fall accident

When a person is injured in a slip-and-fall accident in Ontario, he or she may be able to recover for damages against the owner of the property where the accident occurred. Ontario property owners are responsible for keeping their buildings reasonably safe and hazard-free. Businesses, governments and private individual owners are all under this obligation to visitors, customers and passers-by. In some cases, even trespassers may have legal claims following a slip-and-fall accident in Ontario.

It is important in accident cases like these to bring claims quickly because there are legal deadlines that cannot be missed. Furthermore, evidence must be preserved to increase the chance of a claim's success. Where the liable party in the case is a city government or other government body, the injured party may have only days to make a filing. The facts of every slip-and-fall case are unique, but there are some common conditions that might lead to injury. These include spills in stores and wet floors resulting therefrom, dangerous stairways and uneven flooring.

Woman killed in New Tecumseth crash

A Sept. 16 car crash claimed the life of a 36-year-old Ontario woman, according to the Ontario Special Investigations Unit. The accident took place in New Tecumseth just before midnight.

According to an SIU press release, on the night of the crash, an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police spotted a Pontiac driving recklessly and started to follow it. The officer temporarily lost track of the vehicle, but he later found it had been involved in a collision with a Volkwagen at the intersection of 20th Sideroad and 5th Line.

2 people killed in head-on collision in Ontario

Two people were killed in a head-on collision in Clearview Township on Aug. 31, according to the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. The accident occurred at around 11 p.m.

According to media reports, a Ford Mustang was traveling on Highway 26 when it attempted to pass several vehicles and smashed head-on into an oncoming Chevrolet Blazer. Two passengers in the Mustang, a 19-year-old female and a 20-year-old male, were killed in the collision and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Mustang, a 20-year-old male, suffered serious injuries and was transported to a hospital in Toronto. The driver of the Blazer, a 67-year-old man, also suffered serious injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

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