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More pedestrians dying in poorer Ontario neighbourhoods

It appears that auto accidents in Toronto, Ontario, are more common in low-income neighbourhoods. This was the conclusion of CBC Toronto after analysing 11 years' worth of police data from 2008 to 2018. Lower-income communities saw 50% more collisions than higher-income ones.

For example, the 7-kilometre area bordered by Jane Street, Eglinton Avenue West, Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue West saw 5 pedestrians die and 25 others incur life-threatening injuries between 2008 and 2018. CBC Toronto also found that youth under 20 and seniors over 65, the most vulnerable pedestrians, face an even greater risk. This was later confirmed by a study from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Fiery crash leaves 2 dead, 2 injured

A fiery car accident in downtown Kitchener on May 3 resulted in the death of two women. Two other individuals who were involved in the accident remain in the hospital. The reason for the crash is reportedly still under investigation.

According to reports, the crash occurred when a van drove through a bus terminal bay on Gaukel Street. The vehicle struck a concrete planter. Witnesses were able to remove the driver and three passengers before the vehicle caught fire. However, the two women died from their injuries.

What is an Acquired Brain Injury?

An acquired brain injury is any injury that exists within the brain that a person was not born with. It can result from many different situations, such as oxygen deprivation, substance abuse, and personal injuries.

When dealing with personal injuries, brain injuries can range from minor bumps and bruises, to more serious situations such as concussions or acquired brain injuries. As posted on the Canada website, there are two types of acquired brain injuries.

Max limit for personal injury settlements restored to $2 million

It appears that the Ontario government has reinstated a previous default settlement amount for catastrophically injured personal injury victims. The default settlement limit was restored to it’s previous amount of $2 million.

In 2016, the government decided to reduce the settlement limit to $1 million. However, legal professionals lobbied that was not a sufficient amount for their clients. Catastrophically injured clients include those that suffer from brain damage, as well as paraplegics and quadriplegics.

Mississauga pedestrian dies in hit and run, driver arrested

Ontario residents may have heard about a hit-and-run accident that occurred in Peel Region. It all began with emergency crews being called out to the intersection of Sorrento Drive and Elia Avenue, near Hurontario Street and Highway 403, at 5:10pm on May 1. The report was that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle.

The victim, later identified as a 75-year-old woman who was a resident of Mississauga, was taken to the hospital without vital signs. There, she was pronounced dead. Police gathered a description of the vehicle: a four-door pickup, white in colour, with a box in the truck bed and part of its licence plate reading "AV2." The roads were closed while investigators gathered physical evidence at the crash site.

Pedestrians injured by hit-and-run driver

Ontario police say they are looking for a pickup truck that was involved in a hit-and-run crash in Markham on Apr. 22. Two pedestrians, a 45-year-old woman and a 44-year-old man, were injured; the woman suffered serious injuries while the man received mild injuries. The woman remains in the hospital for treatment for her injuries, which were described as "life-threatening." The collision in Markham took place near the corner of Yonge Street and Meadowview Avenue. While the precise time of the crash has not been pinpointed, police were summoned to the scene at 8:25 p.m.

Police said that there were a number of witnesses to the motor vehicle collision. Some witnesses called 911 while others ran into the road to help the wounded pedestrians. Video surveillance footage from nearby cameras also captured the collision and footage of the white pickup truck responsible. Both the man and the woman were in the crosswalk crossing the street when the truck ran into them before pulling away. Police publicly released the footage of the accident although they blurred the images of the pedestrians.

Multi-vehicle crash results in 1 death and several injuries

A multi-vehicle crash that occurred in Mississauga, Ontario, on March 31st resulted in injuries to six people. One other individual, a 63-year-old man, was pronounced dead on the scene. The crash took place on Highway 403 near Winston Churchill Boulevard.

The accident occurred early in the morning, with emergency crews called in at about 6:15 a.m. According to reports, the incident began as a small minor crash. Another vehicle allegedly then crashed into the initial vehicles involved, as well as the tow truck. It came to involve at least four vehicles, according to sources. The exact cause of the crash was still under investigation, but snow may have been a factor.

What is a tort claim, and what does it involve?

Anyone in Ontario can pursue a civil lawsuit against a person or entity that caused him or her injuries. Such a claim is known as a personal injury, or tort claim. It requires the victim, or plaintiff, to prove to the court that the defendant was negligent and at least partially at fault for causing the car accident or another incident that led to personal injury. Tort claims are typically filed in provincial court.

Ontario seeks to prevent fatal distracted driving car accidents

Road safety authorities in Ontario recently announced one of the New Year's resolutions for the province -- putting a stop to texting while driving. Distracted riving is reportedly the primary cause of fatal car accidents in Ontario. Law enforcement authorities intend to stop this trend by adopting an approach similar to the steps they took to significantly reduce drinking and driving fatalities in the province.

Disability claims: CPP benefits can restart if disability returns

Ontario victims of debilitating injuries or illnesses who miss time from the job might improve sufficiently to return to work. If Canada Pension Plan disability benefits were stopped upon the person's return to his or her job, and the disability reappears, there is an option to reactivate disability claims. The same CPP benefits can be obtained if the same disability starts again, but a new application for benefits will have to be filed if it is a different debilitating condition.

Although the number of times the CPP benefits can be restarted is unlimited, specific criteria must be met. The period since the person's return to work and stoppage of benefits must not exceed two years, and continued working is impossible due to the return of the previous disability or the development of a related handicap. The person must be under the age of 65 and not a recipient of CPP retirement pension benefits.

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