Last Friday, January 25, 2013, Southern Ontario experienced a multi-vehicle accident on the 401 near Newcastle.
As the busiest highway in North America, the 401 can become dangerous in poor weather conditions – such as the snow on Friday afternoon. The high volume of traffic, the slippery road conditions, and the poor visibility work together to compound the effect of a collision until it involves dozens of vehicles.
We are thankful that this recent pileup did not result in any fatalities. Of the five people who were injured, two were in serious condition. Fortunately, none of the injuries were life-threatening.
We are familiar with the challenges that face those involved in multi-vehicle collisions like this. In 1999, a similar incident on the 401 caused by a thick fog resulted in 8 motor vehicle accident deaths and 33 injuries. Having represented several families who were involved in this incident, we understand how difficult it can be.
It is a complicated situation, due to the sheer number of factors, vehicles, and people. There are no easy answers, and no simple solution.
There are a few things that we can all do to try to prevent accidents like this from happening in the first place. We can be respectful, courteous drivers; tailgating, cutting other drivers off, and refusing to let other drivers merge are all examples of dangerous behavior that contributes to collisions. Slow down when weather conditions are bad. Wear your seatbelt.
These are the simple things that can avert collisions and save lives. As we continue through this winter, we should make every effort to be safe on the road.
>> If you or a family member are a victim of a serious vehicle accident in Ontario, you need to seek the help of a dedicated personal injury lawyer. Contact us today for immediate support and a free consultation.