Car accidents occur at an alarming rate all across Canada. While some of these accidents happen due to unavoidable circumstances, many others are the result of another person’s reckless or negligent driving behaviors. Many drivers do not give all of their attention to driving because it is such a routine task. This leads people to talk on their phones, text, or become otherwise distracted at the wheel. However, these actions prevent drivers from being fully present on the road and cause serious accidents to occur. The Toronto Star reported on one such accident that occurred in Mississauga, in June of 2017.
The accident involved two cars traveling down Winston Churchill Blvd. just before 11 pm in mid-June. The driver of a Mazda was traveling south when it crossed the centerline and crashed into a northbound Mercedes. Although the Mazda only carried the driver, the Mercedes it hit had five total passengers. The accident was brutal and led to serious injuries as well as the death of three of the individuals involved. The Mazda’s driver was a 40-year-old man from Mississauga, who died on the scene. The two other individuals killed were a five-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy, who were passengers in the Mercedes. They passed away en route to the hospital. The other two passengers in the Mercedes were taken to the hospital in critical condition, and the Mercedes’ driver sustained minimal injuries. No information has been released and perhaps is not known, about what caused the Mazda’s driver to crash into the other vehicle.
The loss of any life is incredibly tragic, but it is perhaps even more so when it is the loss of such young children, who had their entire lives ahead of them. The families of both the boys killed in the accident must be feeling unimaginable pain at the loss of their children, and they are likely also frustrated and devastated that this loss was caused by another driver. Although we do not know the specifics of what caused the crash, it can be reasonably assumed that the driver at fault was not driving in a safe or careful manner. Whether he was on his phone, drunk driving, or fell asleep at the wheel ultimately does not matter, as whatever his actions were caused him to make such a dangerous move into oncoming traffic.
We will never be able to prevent all accidents that occur on the road, but as a country, we must work together to try to make care accidents less frequent. After an accident has occurred, there is very little we can do retrospectively to make the effects any better. However, families who have been the victim of reckless drivers do have the right to take action. Toronto car accident lawyers, such as Mazin & Associates P.C., can help individuals seek compensation for their physical, emotional, and financial losses after a crash and help them bring some justice to this tragic event. This financial gain cannot end the pain of what was lost, but it can help families maintain financial stability and begin to recover.