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Head-on collision claims 2 lives

The Ontario Provincial Police reported that a head-on collision involving a car and an SUV killed both drivers. The accident occurred on Jan. 27 just before 7:00 a.m. on Highway 6 outside of Hamilton.

Reportedly, an 18-year-old Caledonia man was driving a car south on the highway. For unknown reasons, the man crossed the centre line of the road, colliding head-on into a northbound SUV being driven by a 53-year-old Caledonia man. The car burst into flames in the collision.

Responding emergency personnel pronounced the SUV driver dead at the accident scene. The other driver was transported to the hospital, where he then died. A third vehicle carrying two Dunnville men was also involved in the wreck. Those two men, ages 19 and 44, both were treated at the hospital for minor injuries. The wreck forced the highway to close for about five hours while authorities conducted their investigation. A cause had not yet been released, although officers did indicate that the weather did not appear to be a factor.

When a person's death is caused by a negligent motorist in an accident, the driver's family may file a wrongful death lawsuit in order to recover compensation for their losses sustained as a result. Even if the negligent motorist also dies, his or her estate may be held to be civilly liable.

A personal injury lawyer may be able to help his or her clients by filing the complaint, negotiating with the insurance companies and other attorneys, reaching settlements or litigating the matter in court if it an agreement cannot be reached. Damages may be available for funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance rights, current and future expected income losses, property losses and others, depending on their loved one's case.

Source: Norfolk News, "Two dead in fiery head-on crash near Hamilton," Jan. 28, 2015

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