Although spring is the season of renewal, the Ontario Provincial Police have just released a rather sobering set of statistics. The OPP keeps track of all fatal motor vehicle accidents that occur on roads they patrol. Just recently, the numbers for 2016 were made public, and some of the results are alarming.
Overall, motor vehicle collision deaths reached a four-year high in 2016. A total of 307 people lost their lives in 275 accidents. Distracted, impaired and speed-related accidents led the way for primary causal factors.
Looking at accidents by vehicle category, large truck accidents continue to be a threat to motorists. An accident that involves a large truck is three times more likely to result in a fatality than an accident with standard passenger vehicles. In 2016, 67 people died in 57 fatal collisions with large trucks. Only 11 of those victims were truck drivers.
For motorcyclists, there was little change from 2015 to 2016. Although the total number of collisions was down, the number of motorcyclists killed held steady at 31. Pedestrians had an especially rough year in Ontario in 2016: 39 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents, the highest total in 12 years.
All fatal motor vehicle accidents are tragedies, but those that could have been avoided are the most painful of all. No one should have to lose a loved one due to the negligence of another person. When it does happen, the family of the victim deserves justice for any crime that’s been committed. They may also deserve, and need, compensation to begin the journey of healing, and that is where a personal injury lawyer may be of help.
Source: baytoday.ca, “A total of 307 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions in 2016, marking a four-year high“, April 23, 2017
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