The civic holiday’s long weekend proved to be one of the most fatal civic holiday weekends in recent history. The roadways and waterways saw 16 deaths across the province. This is a stark reminder for everyone to be extra careful as they navigate around the province and enjoy the recreation activities.
One of the 16 deaths was because of a capsized canoe that was occupied by two people. Only one of those men was able to make it to shore.
Six of the 16 deaths were due to drowning. Of those six, three were youths. All six were males.
The remaining nine of the 16 deaths were involved in motor vehicle accidents.
— Four of those nine were motorcyclists. Of the four motorcyclists who died, two were said to have been driving properly at the time of the crash.
— Three of the nine motor vehicle accident deaths were passengers who were in their 20s. All three of those were killed in a single accident.
— The two remaining fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents were a pedestrian and a cyclist.
Police officers were investigating fatalities around the clock over the holiday weekend. For the families of those who were killed in these accidents, the horror of living without their loved ones is just beginning.
For the family members of victims killed in fatal motor vehicle accidents, seeking compensation to help cover the funeral expenses and other final expenses might be something to consider. Family members shouldn’t have to carry the financial burden of those expenses if their loved one was killed because of the negligence of another.
Source: Global News, “Civic holiday weekend one of the deadliest in years: OPP,” Adam Miller, Aug. 05, 2015