Fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident near Nipigon.

July 23, 2013 – A fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident near Nipigon, Ontario has claimed the lives of a cycling couple from North Glengarry Township.

The two cyclists were avid riders.  Starting in Vancouver, they were cycling across Canada with 23 other riders. On July 23rd the pair was hit by a pickup truck driven by a 60-year-old man from Austin, Texas.

According to news reports, the daughter of the two victims said she spoke to them the night before. They were worried about the upcoming stretch of road due to hills, curves, and overall terrain conditions.  When news of the accident reached home, the daughter thought the accident might have been caused by terrain issues. The pickup driver might not have seeing the couple until it was too late. There could have been a hill or sharp curve in the road that blocked his vision. However, when looking at the stretch of Ontario  Highway where the accident took place, it is completely straight.

After a fatal Ontario motor vehicle – cyclist accident, what rights do you, the family, have in seeking compensation?

As the family member of a victim who was killed in a motor vehicle – cyclist accident you can often claim death benefits under SABS. SABS are the statutory accident benefits claims that everyone is entitled to under their own insurance. The death benefits provide compensation to both spouses and dependants while helping cover death and funeral costs.

Family members may also have a claim (lawsuit) against the at fault driver. However, there are time limitations to file your claim. All time limitations are different, depending on your specific case and situation.  To find out the limitation period for your case, your best option is to call us at 613-860-4529 and set up a free consultation. The personal injury lawyers at our office deal with many cycling accidents and fatal accidents.


Fatal Bicycle Accidents in Ontario

While we like to think about bicycle riding as a fun and care-free activity, the reality is that some bicycle accidents are so severe that they result in the death of the cyclist.  In such cases, the individual’s family is entitled to make a fatality claim for their loss.  In many cases, cyclists are injured or killed due to the negligence and reckless actions of a driver.  In these instances, the cyclist’s family is entitled to file a lawsuit against the responsible party (the negligent driver).

If you have a loved one who was killed in a cycling accident, you may be entitled to some financial compensation.  Here are a few things you should know before you decide to pursue a wrongful death case.

There are time limits for filing a claim after a cyclist has died

Firstly, there is a limited time period after the bicycle fatality in which you can file a suit.  This is called the statue of limitations and it can vary depending on the details of the particular case.  Since the time period can vary, it is difficult to even give a range of time that you may have.  If you want to know the exact statue of limitation in your case, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer.

 The cyclist’s family may be entitled to insurance coverage

Statutory Accident Benefits, or SABS, which are mandatory for all Ontarians who have car insurance, provide some coverage for family members of someone killed in a cycling accident.  They offer specific death benefits for certain family members, such as a person’s spouse and their children.  Included in these benefits is a fixed amount available to cover the costs of a funeral.


Family members can also be eligible to receive compensation for monetary losses as a result of the death.  This can include medical bills and burial expenses.  This kind of compensation can also apply to any dependants of the deceased and they may be able to file a claim for the loss of part of the person’s salary and pension.  Compensation may also be available for things like the loss of care and companionship as well as travel expenses, nursing services and housekeeping services that were required.

Get Help  

If you have a loved one who died as a result of a cycling accident, you may be able to receive compensation for your loss.  While this does not make the situation easier to bear, it may ease some of the financial burden associated with the loss of a family member.  If you are looking for legal guidance during this difficult time, feel free to contact the personal injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to discuss your case.  We can be reached at 613 233-4529.

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Ottawa School Barrel Explosion Investigated

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour is investigating the fatal explosion at Mother Theresa High school, according to CBC.   The explosion took place while students in shop class were building barbecues out of used metal drum barrels.  Questions have been raised about where the barrels were acquired and what safety precautions were taken.  This tragedy resulted in the death of a popular student and hockey player, as well as injuries to a number of other students and a teacher.

An accident like this raises fears for all parents who trust that school is a safe place for their kids.  Likewise, educators need to know that they are working and teaching in a safe environment.   Hopefully, the provincial investigation will answer key questions and develop new protocols so that no future Ontario student or teacher faces this type of danger.

For more information on school board liability for accidents on school premises or at school sanctioned activities, read this post or contact Auger Hollingsworth at 613 – 233-4529.

Suing after a fatal car accident in Ontario

While many Ottawa car accidents result in broken bones and other non-life-threatening injuries, some are fatal.  When an individual is killed due to a motor vehicle accident, their loved ones may be able to claim damages for their loss.  If you have lost a loved one in an Ontario car accident, consult a personal injury lawyer who can help you navigate the process of pursuing a legal claim.  You are likely dealing with a lot of stress and sadness over your loss and an Ottawa injury lawyer can be the help you need to start the healing process and begin to feel closure.

According to the law in Ontario, the deceased individual’s spouse, children, parents, siblings, grandchildren, and grandparents can claim damages for the accident.  Damages can be both pecuniary (financial) and non-pecuniary loss of care, guidance and companionship due to the loss of a loved one).  If you were financially dependent on the deceased, you will likely be able to put forth a claim for financial damages.  Regardless of whether or not you were financially dependent on the deceased, you may be able to receive damages for the loss you endured as a result of losing a loved one.  A personal injury lawyer will be able to assess your specific situation and determine whether or not you have a legal claim to pursue.

In determining any compensation to be awarded for loss of care guidance and companionship, a judge will take several factors into consideration.  They will consider the relationship between yourself and the deceased, including the kind of loss you may have experienced (for example, losing a parent would result in loss of care, and losing a spouse would result in loss of companionship).  A judge will also consider whether or not you lived with the deceased, your age, overall health, your ability to care for yourself in the absence of the deceased, and the extent/frequency of your contact with your lost family member.  All of these factors play a role in determining the nature of relationship between yourself and the deceased and the court’s ability to “measure” the extent of your pain and suffering.

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident enlist the services of an Ottawa personal injury lawyer and receive the legal care you need.  Contact the injury lawyers at Auger Hollingsworth to discuss your case.

Fatal Truck Accidents in Ottawa Kill Two | Ottawa Lawyer

Several devastating Ottawa motor vehicle accidents this week have left families grieving.

On Wednesday, February 16, 2010, a 64 year old man was killed as a pedestrian when he was struck by a dump truck.  The truck driver was turning right onto Metcalfe Street from Laurier Avenue in downtown Ottawa.

On Thursday, February 17, 2010, a two year old boy was killed when the car he was riding in was reportedly struck from behind by a truck while driving on the Queensway.  The driver of the car, the boy’s stepfather, was also injured.

Our condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.

Fatal Accident in Nation Township Leaves Teens Dead

Nation Township–  The Ottawa Personal Injury lawyers at our firm regret to report that two teens died at the scene when the pick up truck they were driving in collided with a parked semi-trailer.  The 17 year old  girl and 18 year old  boy  were travelling westbound on Concession Road 2 between Claude Duval Road and County Road 10, about 10 kilometres southwest of Hawkesbury.

The accident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Monday on January 10, 2o10.

Man dead after Carlsbad Springs single-vehicle crash

Man dead after Carlsbad Springs single-vehicle crash

One man was found dead after losing control of his vehicle on Russell Road near Milton Road in Carlsbad Springs.

Early in the morning on September 12, the man was driving east in a Pontiac Grand Am when he lost control of the car. It rolled into a ditch, continuing to move for about 30 meters before coming to rest at a group of trees. The man was thrown from the vehicle, and when authorities arrived they pronounced him dead at the scene.

If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of a vehicle accident or if you have lost a loved one in an accident, you may be entitled to accident benefits as well as a claim for damages from the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident.  Get more information about your rights after an accident with a no-obligation free consultation.  Call us at 613 233-4529.

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