Couple dies after being rear-ended

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Authorities report that an Ontario couple from Beaverton have died as a result of an accident that took place on June 15. According to the Ontario Provincial Police, the two victims are a 73-year-old man and his 58-year-old wife. Preliminary reports say that they were rear-ended by a pickup truck, the driver of which had to be hospitalized after the incident.

OPP personnel say that they are continuing to investigate the crash. The victims are said to have been in the process of making a left-hand turn into a driveway when they were rear-ended. The exact causes and circumstances of the crash, including whether negligence on the part of the pickup driver might have played a role, remain under investigation, according to provincial police.

In a case like this, the surviving family members of the victims may endure immense pain and suffering and prolonged hardship as a result of the accident. In some cases, the sudden loss of a family member in an accident may cause the victims' children or other dependents to be unable to meet their basic needs because they relied upon the deceased for their own financial and emotional support.

In addition, some families might find themselves immersed in complications related to inheritance as a consequence of their loved one's passing. For all these reasons and more, they may be entitled to pursue a wrongful death claim against a liable driver and demand restitution for their losses.

After an accident, a lawyer might be able to review the police reports and other evidence to make an accurate determination of liability for the incident. If one party's liability is conclusively established, it may become easier to pursue compensation and hold him or her accountable for their actions.

Source: Northumberland News, "Beaverton couple killed in crash near Lindsay", June 16, 2014

Source: Canadian Press, "Man, woman killed in two car crash near Lindsay", June 16, 2014


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