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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.

Driving too fast linked to car accidents

The drivers most likely to get in a car accident might be those who are going too fast. Ontario residents might like to know more about a University of Waterloo study that looked at aggressive driving tactics to see if there was a link between these behaviors and vehicle crashes.

Data for the study was given by insurance companies and included 28 million trips. The data was gathered by diagnostic devices in vehicles, and researchers looked at cases of crashes in addition to control cases where there was no accident. Control cases were assigned to crash cases based on similarities like driving distance or location.

Two people killed in fiery Highway 401 accident

On Aug. 12, two people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 401 in Mississauga. Three other people were injured in the fiery wreck.

According to the Ontario Provincial Police, a red Chevrolet Corvette was tailgating another car in the westbound lanes of the highway around 9:30 p.m. when it clipped a transport truck as the driver attempted to change lanes. The impact caused the truck to lose control, swerve into another lane, strike a Mazda, smash into a guard rail and burst into flames. The truck's trailer, which was loaded with skids of water, jumped the guard rail and entered the highway's eastbound lanes.

Study determines the city with Ontario's worst drivers

Many Ontario residents assume that large cities are the most dangerous to drive in, but a new study finds that's not necessarily the case. In fact, researchers found that the worst drivers tend to be roaming around smaller cities and towns.

Researchers from Insurance Hotline set out to determine which Ontario areas have the worst drivers. They did this by adding up the number of crashes and traffic tickets drivers in each city received and comparing the totals. While some might expect Toronto to top the list, Orangeville actually took the crown. The study found that drivers in that city are 1.9 times more likely to get in a crash or receive a traffic citation than the average Ontario driver. Meanwhile, drivers in Bradford, Woodstock, Sault St. Marie, Brantford, and Orillia also had bad driving records.

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