The Ontario Provincial Police say the significant rise in road accident fatalities in the province up to the end of May is a matter of concern. The Chief Superintendent of OPP notes that preventable car accidents continue to claim the lives of innocent road users. Too often, safe drivers and their passengers cross paths with negligent drivers. In many circumstances, a negligent driver’s passengers are the ones who lose their lives.
Accident data for the first five months of 2021
Last year, during the same period, 78 fatal accidents claimed the lives of 87 people in Ontario. OPP reported the following facts about this year’s crash data:
- 94 people died in 88 car accidents in the first five months of this year.
- 12 of those fatalities occurred in the Greater Toronto Area.
- May was the most deadly month, with 31 fatal crashes resulting in 34 deaths.
Leading causes of crashes that claim lives
OPP reported that driver inattention and excessive speed proved to be the leading cause of most fatal accidents:
- 27 of the fatal crashes from January to May were linked to speeding.
- 16 of the fatal crashes from January to May were linked to driver inattention,
- Both these statistics far exceed those of the same period in 2020.
- During this period, 18,083 auto accidents occurred on roads patrolled by the OPP.
Surviving family members of those who lost their lives in car accidents might be entitled to seek damage recovery. Navigating wrongful death lawsuits in civil court will require proof of the defendant’s negligence. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the process of obtaining the financial and emotional damages of your loss.