The phrase “lucky to be alive” rings very true for anyone who lives through a serious accident. For survivors of fatal motor vehicle accidents, though, having to live with the emotional and physical scars of the incident will be more difficult than most people can imagine. That is likely the case for two teenagers who escaped with their lives from a terrible accident in Northern Ontario.
The accident happened late at night on Dec. 6 on Highway 17 near Massey, Ontario. Ontario Provincial Police from Espanola report that an eastbound moving van apparently crossed over the centre line and struck a westbound car. The sole occupant of the van was the 71-year-old driver, and the car carried four occupants.
The driver of the car, a 41-year-old woman, and a front-seat passenger, a 44-year-old man, were both killed in the collision. Two passengers in the back of the car, both 16-year-old boys, were injured and taken to hospital. Both were reported to be in serious, but not life-threatening, condition. The moving van driver also suffered serious injuries, but is expected to survive. An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing.
Should it turn out the moving van driver was at fault in the accident, he could possibly face criminal charges. The survivors of the accident, and the families of the two deceased individuals, may also choose to seek compensation for the tragedy that has befallen them. While money cannot replace loved ones lost in fatal motor vehicle accidents, nor soothe a traumatized mind, it can help to ease the financial burden that often follows a horrific accident. A caring and competent personal injury lawyer may be able to help achieve a fair and deserved settlement.
Source: sootoday.com, “Teens survive fatal Highway 17 crash“, Dec. 7, 2016