Ontario highway accidents are often serious. When automobiles are traveling at high rates of speed, the results can often be fatal and involve several vehicles.
Multi-Vehicle Crash in Whitby, Ontario
Earlier this month, a man was seriously injured in a multi-vehicle highway accident in Whitby. On June 4, 2014, there was a 6 car pileup on Highway 7 in Pickering. A Dodge Caravan was traveling westbound on Highway 7 and crossed into oncoming traffic. The Caravan hit a Hyundai Elantra, and 4 other vehicles were also involved in the crash. The driver of the Hyundai, a 30 year old man, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Caravan suffered serious injuries, and 2 other drivers sustained minor injuries. *Source: www.toronto.ctvnews.ca (Man suffers life-threatening injuries after multi-car crash in Pickering)
2 Multi-Vehicle Crashes in Ontario
Last month, a man died after a horrific crash on the QEW in Mississauga, Ontario. A vehicle was disabled on the QEW, and 2 trucks (a crash truck and tow truck) from the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) were at the scene helping and protecting the disabled vehicle. A white van traveling on the QEW lost control and struck the crash truck from the MTO and another vehicle, a Mazda. The Mazda then struck the disabled vehicle, which was then pushed into the tow truck from the MTO.
The driver of the van sustained life-threatening injuries, and a passenger of the van was ejected from the van and died as a result. 5 other people were also injured. *Source: www.thestar.com (Mississauga man dead, six others injured after QEW crash)
On that same day, a 90 year old woman was also injured after a multi-vehicle accident on Highway 400 earlier that morning. http://www.cp24.com (Woman, 90, trapped in car after Highway 400 crash)
Legal Perspective on the Causes of Ontario Highway Accidents
Though the causes of these accidents are under investigation, drivers often cross over into oncoming traffic due to driver fatigue and other distractions, such as the use of cell phones.
When drivers are distracted while driving, they take their eyes off the road. They may be texting while driving, inputting information into a GPS system or picking up something that fell to the floor. Drivers who are fatigued may also drift into oncoming traffic. They doze off for a few seconds, and their vehicles travel into oncoming traffic.
Fatigue and distractions cause drivers to take their eyes off the road and may cause their cars to drift into oncoming traffic. By the time the drivers look up, they are about to cause serious accidents or have already caused them.
When accidents happen on highways, injured victims often sustain life-threatening injuries due to the force of impacts. Victims of Ontario highway accidents have legal rights and may recover financial compensation from the at-fault drivers. See Ontario Car-Truck Accident Law – Your Legal Rights After Being Injured in an Accident
Help after a Highway Accident in Whitby, Kingston or Ottawa
If you were injured in a highway accident and want to explore your legal rights, call the lawyers at Bergeron Clifford to schedule a FREE consultation. 1-866-384-5886