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Wrongful death suit possible following car accident in Brampton

Police officers in Peel Region are still searching for clues as to the cause of a two-car accident in Brampton on the morning of March 12. Ontario police officers were on the scene of the accident at approximately 7:46 a.m. One man died, and two others were reported to be in serious condition. No criminal charges have yet been filed. Regardless, it may be possible for the family of the deceased man to file a wrongful death suit in connection with this case. 

The accident report is incomplete at this time, but it appears the vehicles struck one another head on on Goreway Drive, though it it is unclear which driver was at fault. Police arriving on the scene found one of the two vehicles completely engulfed in flames. The driver of that vehicle, a 20-year-old man, was pronounced dead as emergency workers were unable to extricate him from the wreck in time to save his life. 

The two occupants of the other vehicle, a 19-year-old man and a 33-year-old man, were both rushed to a local trauma center with injuries described as severe but stable. The report did not state which of the two was driving. Police are continuing their investigation at this time. 

The Ontario police investigation will likely continue until a cause for the accident is formally documented. If the driver believed responsible for the crash is still alive, that individual could face criminal charges. Separately, the family of the deceased man may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court against the driver. In those circumstances, the injured passenger could pursue a separate claim for damages. If the deceased driver is found to have been at fault, the injured parties could file personal injury lawsuits against his estate and any separate owner of the vehicle he was operating. 

Source: CBC News, "Police seeking witnesses after Brampton man dies in fiery crash", March 12, 2017

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