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2 injured in serious Highway 401 accident

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Truck Accidents on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Ontario Provincial Police say that two people were hospitalised after a serious crash on Highway 401 in Scarborough. The accident happened at the same scene of a previous crash that was still being cleaned up.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on Aug. 15, a tractor-trailer erupted into flames after it hit a Ministry of Transportation blocker truck. Then, the transport truck crashed into a tow truck and a service truck that was cleaning diesel from the scene of a 9 p.m. collision. Only the left lane of the eastbound express lanes was open at the time of the early morning crash.

Police say that a worker on the scene suffered serious injuries, while the driver of the tractor-trailer truck suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were hospitalised for treatment. Meanwhile, the eastbound express lanes were closed, and OPP updated travellers via Twitter that the closure could last until noon because of the cleanup. For the time being, traffic was diverted at Neilson Road to the collector lanes.

When people are injured in motor vehicle accidents, they could be eligible to recover damages such as lost benefits and income, the loss of opportunity and lost earning capacity. Car accident victims might also be compensated for pain and suffering and the loss of being able to enjoy life.

In addition to the damages that the victims might recover, family members that their injuries affect may be entitled to compensation under the Family Law Act. The damages that might be recoverable include travel expenses to visit their loved ones while they recover, loss of companionship and guidance, and the loss of income or value of services if they had to provide care for their injured loved ones.

Source: e-Laws.gov Ontario, “Family Law Act.”

Source: Global News, “Highway 401 reopens near Morningside after serious crash overnight”, David Shum , August 15, 2014

Source: Global News, “Highway 401 reopens near Morningside after serious crash overnight”, David Shum , August 15, 2014