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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.

Public Transit Platform Safety Tips

Passenger safety is a major concern in Peel region. A recent accident at a downtown Brampton bus terminal resulted in a fatality. Just a month before in June 2019, another individual suffered a fatality in Mississauga at a bus station.

As a passenger, you put your trust in the driver of a public vehicle, as well as the organization operating the service to make sure that your health, safety and well-being is being guarded during transit. However, accidents may happen, and it’s important to understand your rights if you have been injured by a public transit vehicle.

Ontario man killed in Highway 50 crash

On July 9, an Ontario man was killed in an accident involving two vehicles in Brampton. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 50 and Cottrelle Boulevard at around 9:05 a.m.

According to media reports, officers from the Peel Regional Police responded to the accident scene and found that a passenger vehicle had collided with a transport truck. They located a male driver trapped inside the passenger vehicle and worked with paramedics to extricate him. He did not survive the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. However, the driver of the transport truck was uninjured.

Multi-vehicle accident leaves 6 injuries

It was reported on June 29 that an Ontario man was facing criminal charges after he was involved in a multi-vehicle accident that left a 12-year-old boy with critical injuries. According to the police, the accident resulted in a total of six people being taken to hospital as a result of crash injuries.

According to the report, the crash occurred in both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 401 at approximately 1:30 a.m. It appears that a tractor-trailer was traveling in the westbound lane on the highway when it jackknifed, causing it to hit the guardrail and the median that separates the eastbound and westbound lanes. The force of the car crash caused pieces of the concrete median to end up in the eastbound lanes, resulting in other vehicles to become involved in the accident.

Motorcyclists in a surprising number of fatal crashes in Ontario

Motorcycles, mopeds, motor scooters and motorized bicycles comprise 2% of the vehicles on the roads of Ontario. Yet, according to a study that appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, these vehicles are behind 10% of all motor vehicle fatalities in the province.

From 2007 to 2013, 26,831 people were injured in motorcycle-related crashes in Ontario and then sent to the hospital. In that same time period, there were 281,826 individuals who were injured in car collisions.

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.

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