The provincial police in Ontario claim that a distracted truck driver might have caused a fatal multi-car accident along Highway 400 in Toronto. Tragically, the crash resulted in the death of four people, including a 5-year-old. The accident happened on a recent Friday evening.
The child was riding in a vehicle that contained three occupants. All the occupants of this vehicle were killed. Furthermore, another person died in an additional vehicle.
A sergeant from the provincial police said that she had never seen an accident as devastating as this one. She said that the vehicles involved were crumpled beyond recognition and totally consumed by fire. She said that this particular was particularly difficult for her to deal with.
Perhaps the most tragic part of this accident is the fact that police do not believe it ever should have happened. They say that the crash occurred after a truck driver failed to slow down in response to the overall flow of traffic, which was slowing down at the time. The trucker’s failure in this regard resulted in the horrific chain reaction crash. Police are still investigating what may have happened, but they believe that the trucker — for some reason — was not paying attention or was distracted.
There are many sources of distraction when a motorist is operating a vehicle — including food, smartphones, the radio, other passengers and more. Falling asleep or having one’s senses dulled due to sleep deprivation is also the cause of many crashes. When an Ontario resident dies because of an inattentive or distracted driver like this, relatives of the individual may be able to pursue justice and wrongful death compensation in court. Although no amount of litigation will reverse the horrific loss these individuals have suffered, at the very least, it might help them obtain a sense of closure.
Source: Global News, “Inattentive truck driver may be responsible for crash that killed 4 in Toronto: OPP,” Adam Miller and David Shum, June 27, 2016