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There is no way to guarantee the safety of Ontario drivers. Every time we take to the roadway, whether it be as a driver or a passenger of a motor vehicle, or as a pedestrian, motorcyclist or bicyclist, we are putting our lives at risk. This is why it is essential that everyone be reasonably careful to do everything they can to avoid a fatal or injurious crash. In fact, those who fail to take reasonable precautions on the road could find themselves in serious trouble with the law.

Unfortunately, in one recent case, Ontario Provincial Police allege that a 27-year-old Cambridge woman failed in her duty to prevent harm to the people with whom she was sharing the roadway. The woman was operating her vehicle in Puslinch, Ontario, when the head-on collision occurred. She crashed into a 24-year-old woman at approximately 10 a.m. last month. Tragically, the 24-year-old did not survive the crash.

Now, after about a month of police investigations, the at-fault motorist has been charged with the crime of dangerous operation of an automobile causing death, and she could spend time in jail if convicted of the crime. Her next scheduled court appearance has been set for Sept. 16.

The at-fault motorist does not only have her criminal court case to worry about, however. She may face future legal proceedings in civil court if family members of the victim choose to hold her civilly accountable for their loved one's loss. Although it's true that financial restitution for the monetary costs, psychological pain and other damages associated with this young woman's death will never come close as a substitute for her loss, the pursuit of a wrongful death action like this could be an important way for family members to seek closure regarding the accident. This case, and many others like it that have happened in Ontario, should serve as a reminder to everyone: Drive carefully and responsibly at all times no matter what.

Source: ctvnews.ca, "Cambridge woman charged after woman dies in car crash west of Toronto," Aug. 16, 2016

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