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City held partially liable for accident resulting in 3 deaths

If you're in a car accident that you cause, it's important to know that you may not be the only person at fault. There are often cases when two or more drivers make mistakes at the same time, and they just happen to collide with one another because of them. For example, if you're driving and accidentally leave your lane, that can be considered negligent driving. If another driver was speeding and looking away from the road, having little time to see you to get out of the way, it could be that driver's fault, in part, as well.

Why would that driver be at fault as well? Speeding is an act of negligence, as is taking your eyes off the road. Had both parties been watching the road, the accident may have been avoided.

In a similar situation, the City of Ottawa has been found partially liable for a collision that resulted in the deaths of three Carleton University students. According to the news, the city has been ordered to pay $2.3 million to the families of the students.

What's interesting about this story is that the students were in an SUV that ran a red light and struck the OC Transpo bus. The OC Transpo bus driver has been found partially liable, because he was speeding at the time of the collision, even though the other driver had been found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

The bus driver had also failed to look at the road, according to claims, and he hadn't adjusted his driving for the weather and road conditions. Although the other driver was primarily at fault, the city has been held 20 percent at fault because of the driver's own negligent acts.

Source: CBC News, "Ottawa partially liable in 2008 OC Transpo crash that killed 3 Carleton U students," Trevor Pritchard, Jan. 29, 2016

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