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1 woman killed in Ontario car accident

A 46-year-old woman is dead, and at least one other person was injured after a Jeep Wrangler crossed a centre line and caused a three-car accident in Ontario. The accident happened around 6 a.m. on March 4 on London Road in Huron County. A number of units responded to the accident, including the South Huron Fire Department and the Huron County EMS, and the road was closed for several hours following the accident. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

The Jeep, which was driven by a 19-year-old, sideswiped a Toyota Solara and hit a Chrysler Intrepid head-on. The Chrysler driver died at the scene, and the Jeep's driver, and two people in the Toyota, were taken to hospital. The Jeep's driver had injuries that were not life threatening, and the occupants of the Toyota were released after an observation period of a few hours.

The family of an individual killed in an accident like this may want to file a wrongful death suit against the responsible party or parties. In addition to the emotional impact on the family, a sudden death like this can also create a significant economic burden. For example, if the individual had dependants or a partner, the loss of income might create financial difficulties. There may be further difficulties for other family members as care-giving tasks are shifted among them.

If another driver is considered responsible, it will be necessary in civil court to demonstrate negligence. For example, if a driver was distracted by eating or talking on a cell phone and swerved into another lane or lost control due to speed, this might be considered negligence.

Source: Goderich Signal Star, "Fatal accident near Exeter," March 4, 2015

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