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Car Accident Trends in Ontario: What You Should Know

While the frequency of accidents in Ontario has decreased over the last 20 years, there’s been an increase in the severity of accidents that result in serious injuries or fatalities.

Unfortunately, a car crash can happen to even the most careful drivers. In 2022, more than 350 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Ontario. Unfortunately, many victims and their families must fight with insurance companies for adequate compensation.

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Accident Factors That Impact Compensation

The compensation a victim can receive under Ontario personal injury law can influenced by various factors such as the type of car accident, severity of the injuries, level of fault, extent of property damage, and the victim's ability to return to work.

It is true that a victim who suffered catastrophic injuries such as brain damage or paralysis may be eligible for more substantial compensation than someone who only sustained minor injuries. Additionally, if the victim was partially responsible for the accident, the compensation amount may be reduced to reflect their level of fault.

It's worth noting that the exact compensation amount can vary based on the specific circumstances of each case, and an experienced personal injury lawyer can provide guidance and help navigate the legal process to ensure the victim receives fair compensation for their injuries.

Here are some of the most common types of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) on Ontario streets and highways.

Single Vehicle Collisions

The most common cause of single-vehicle crashes in Ontario is environmental, like colliding with a deer or a fallen tree. Another common cause is driver fatigue. Single-vehicle collisions can result in roll-overs if the driver is moving too fast for the road conditions.


Roll-overs are a common type of accident that can result in catastrophic injuries to the driver and passenger. Injuries are often the result of unbelted drivers or passengers being ejected from the vehicle. Another factor contributing to the severity of injuries is the amount of headroom in the cabin. The more headroom, the less likely someone’s head will hit the roof.

Multiple-Vehicle Collisions

In the case of a multiple-vehicle collision involving three or more vehicles, identifying at-fault parties and collecting appropriate compensation can be a complicated process. These types of chain events can lead to multiple injuries or fatalities.

Rear-End Collisions

A rear-end collision is when one car collides with the back of another. This type of accident accounts for nearly 40 percent of all Ontario MVAs. These crashes are the easiest to prevent, often caused by tailgaters or drivers distracted by their phones. Another factor is motorists driving too fast for the conditions. These types of accidents can cause serious neck injuries.

Angle Collisions

Sometimes called T-bone or broadside, angle collisions aren’t always ninety degrees. They often happen at intersections, where one car hits the side of another at a sharp angle. These crashes often result in pelvic, hip and knee injuries.

Sideswipe Collisions

Sideswipe collisions happen when two vehicles moving in the same direction come into contact. It often occurs on a two-lane highway when one driver becomes distracted and veers into the other lane.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on crashes happen most often on two-way roads. These types of accidents can lead to the most severe injuries and fatalities. They can be caused by:

  • Driver not paying attention

  • Driver falling asleep

  • Impaired driving

  • Unsafe passing

  • Driver fatigue

  • Driver confusion

Car Accident Lawyers in Sault Ste. Marie

At Feifel Gualazzi, we can help you if you’ve been a victim of a motor vehicle accident. Our car accident lawyers specialize in personal injury claims and provide personalized support to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

We serve clients in the District of Algoma from our offices in Sault Ste. Marie. Please contact us today to book an appointment.


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