As an Ontario personal injury lawyer, I am often asked if family members are entitled to compensation following a fatal accident in Ontario? The answer is usually Yes.
Who can file a claim for a wrongful death in Ontario will depend on the circumstances of the particular case. Also, in Ontario, wrongful death claims are subject to the Family Law Act. Specifically, Part V of the Family Law Act provides that, where a person is killed by the fault or neglect of another, then the following family members may be entitled to pursue a claim to recover their pecuniary loss resulting from the death:
The loss of a loved one is always devastating, but may be even more painful when it is sudden and caused by the fault of someone else. We understand that you will need time to grieve your loss, but it is also important to take the time to speak with an Ontario lawyer to learn about your rights. The loss of loved one can bring unexpected financial hardships on a grieving family. There is usually insurance available to cover such losses. Though it may be difficult, you owe it to your family to learn about your legal options if a loved one has been killed in an Ontario accident. There are strict time limits within which you must commence a wrongful death claim.
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According to statistics released by the OPP, a total of four people died on roads patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) this past Civic Holiday Long Weekend.
The OPP also reported numerous charges for various offences over the long weekend, including 6559 for speeding, 96 street racing charges, 432 seatbelt charges, 131 charges for driving while impaired by drugs or having a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of above 0.08, and 174 distracted driving charges. The OPP also reported 169 roadside license suspensions to drivers with a BAC in the warn range of 0.05 to 0.08.
According to OPP released statistics, the long weekend marks a 26 per cent increase in fatalities (within OPP jurisdiction) compared to the same time last year.
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