According to information released by the Toronto Police Service, a man driving a Dodge Durango SUV failed to stop for a red light at Kennedy Road and struck a 37−year−old man who was riding his bicycle. The SUV then struck five other vehicles before coming to rest.
The cyclist was taken to hospital, but sadly he succumbed to his injuries. First and foremost, we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the young man who was tragically killed.
The driver of the SUV has been charged with several serious offences, including impaired driving, as a result of this collision. The charges against the driver are:
- Fail to stop after accident
- Dangerous operation causing death
- Impaired driving causing death
- Over 80 mg operation causing death
- Dangerous operation causing bodily harm
- Impaired driving causing bodily harm
- Over 80 mg operation causing bodily harm
Although the loss of a loved one is never easy, this loss will undoubtedly be more difficult to accept for the family given the circumstances. Despite our laws and education and awareness efforts, many disregard caution and make the decision to drink and drive. This Toronto fatal accident is another reminder of the dangers of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.
YOUR RIGHTS IF A LOVED ONE IS KILLED BECAUSE OF A DRUNK DRIVER:
Fatal accidents caused by drunk drivers continue to occur far too often on Ontario roadways. In addition to the criminal proceedings that often result from drunk driving fatality accidents, there are often civil claims. For the family that has lost a loved one, their grief is often followed by feelings of uncertainty and despair. In addition to the loss of companionship, love and affection, a family often faces financial hardship following the sudden loss of a loved one. In Ontario, when someone is killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident, their family can make claims for financial losses. This type of claim is often referred to as a wrongful death claim.
Despite the facts of the case, which may appear compelling, wrongful death claims can still present challenges. These claims are often vigorously defended by the insurance company. Even when fault is admitted for the accident, the insurance company will often dispute the financial losses claimed. As such, it is wise to seek the advice of a Ontario lawyer with experience in wrongful death claims so that you will take the right steps to preserve and maximize your claim.
If you have lost a loved one as a result of an auto or bike accident in Ontario, contact Iacobelli Law Firm for a FREE consultation with an experienced lawyer. Call us any time at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093 or complete our online contact form here.
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