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Fatal motor vehicle accidents can happen despite good planning

Sometimes, despite making all the right decisions, the wrong thing still happens. This is sometimes the case with fatal motor vehicle accidents. Supporting evidence for this sad truth came recently after a crash claimed the life of a young woman in southern Ontario.

The accident happened on the night of Feb. 24, in Hamilton. Four young women called for a ride-share pick up just before 11 p.m. The group was on their way to a party, and made the choice to leave their own cars at home.

As the car made its way through an intersection on Mountain Road, a vehicle travelling along the crossing street failed to stop for the stop sign. The vehicle struck the hired car broadside, killing one young woman in her 20s, and injuring the remaining occupants, including one who is in serious condition at a nearby hospital. The 32-year-old driver of the other vehicle was allegedly intoxicated, and she has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and impaired driving causing death.

While there is little doubt the accident will leave lasting physical and mental reminders for the survivors of the crash, it may be the family of the young woman who perished that suffers the most. Though justice may be served in legal terms, some measure of compensation for the family might also be appropriate.

Money cannot bring a loved one back, but it can help with funeral expenses or provide some relief for lost wages, earning potential and emotional damage. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are among the most devastating personal injury cases. A skilled but sensitive Ontario lawyer can help during this troubling time.

Source: chch.com, “Niagara police investigate fatal crash“, Feb. 25, 2017

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