Driver fatigue is a serious problem that must be addressed

When truck drivers get behind the wheel of a transport vehicle or 18-wheeler, the driver has to be ready to cope with any obstacles that might occur during his or her route. Sadly, some drivers operate those large trucks while they are tired or fatigued. When that occurs, drivers can put their lives and the lives of those on the roadways at risk. That is unacceptable.

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Can truck accidents lead to post-traumatic stress disorder?

Being involved in a truck accident can be very difficult. It doesn’t matter what caused the accident. In some cases, you might suffer from physical injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, broken bones or concussions. In addition to the physical injuries that you might suffer from, you might also notice that your mental health has been affected by the accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the mental health diagnoses that you might receive after a traumatic truck accident.

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Man charged after truck falls off Highway 404 ramp, 3 injured

According to a recent report, a semi-truck crashed onto Highway 401 in Ontario after falling off the Highway 404 ramp. The accident happened just after 3:30 p.m. during the afternoon commute on March 23 and was captured on the dash-cam of a nearby motorist.

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2 dead, 1 injured in Ontario

Two people were killed and one was injured by an accident that occurred on Feb. 3. The crash happened about 500 meters west from Boundary Road on Highway 401 at approximately 6 a.m. A firefighter living in the area told local reporters that he suspected substandard highway maintenance for winter weather may have been a contributing factor in causing the wreck. According to investigators, the crash happened when a 54-year-old man travelling east crashed into a tractor-trailer.

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Making a claim after an Ontario auto accident

When people are seriously injured in a truck accident, they sometimes face substantial financial expenses along with monetary and income losses. In Ontario, the province mandates all insurance providers carry a standard set of benefits for those who have been injured. After an accident, people can file a claim against the at-fault driver and his or her policy should provide certain categories of benefits.

The standard coverages are called the Statutory Accidents Benefits Coverages, and they are based on regulations called the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule. SABS outlines the categories of benefits that must be made available to injured people. If a person is unable to work following an accident, they may receive income replacement through the policy for lost income. People who provided care for another person who are unable to do so may be eligible for a caregiver benefit to help with expenses. People who did not work but whose quality of life has been significantly impacted may be eligible for non-earner benefits.

Medical and rehabilitation benefits are available to pay the expenses of medical care and ongoing rehabilitation costs. If an injured person requires the help of a medical aide or personal attendant, he or she may receive attendant care benefits to pay for the aide’s employment. Other types of benefits may include compensation for losses suffered in the accident, costs for a person’s family to visit, home maintenance and repair costs and housekeeping expenses. If the injured person has died because of the accident, his or her family may receive benefits for funeral expenses.

A truck accident can be especially catastrophic for others. People who are seriously injured may benefit from filing a claim to receive the compensation require by law. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help a victim throughout this process.

Source: Financial Services Commission of Ontario, “After an Auto Accident: Understanding the Claims Process”, accessed Jan. 10, 2015

What damages can I collect for repairs?

Ontario residents who have been involved in a car wreck may be quite challenged as they attempt to get back to normalcy. One of those challenges includes how to deal with their vehicle’s insurance company regarding a damage claim. The payout that they can expect will be largely determined by their role in the accident and other factors.

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