Chatham-Kent OPP Urge Safety After Six Highway 401 Collisions

OPP Highway 401 CrashOntario Provincial Police issued safety reminders to motorists after responding to six separate crashes along Highway 401 since the beginning of April.

As reported by the Windsor CTV News, police say motorists driving in the area should take caution when travelling through the area. Construction zones, in place since early April, are causing traffic slowdowns in both the eastbound and westbound lanes on Highway 401.

Motorists Can Help Prevent Further Crashes

By driving defensively, motorists can greatly reduce the risk of causing a crash. You can plan to take a different route ahead of time to avoid travelling through a construction zone.

Alternatively, police offer these tips to help you avoid a collision:

  • Remain alert and ready for the unexpected: Motorists should not use mobile phones or engage in other activities that distract them from the road. Proceed more slowly through construction zones, and always be prepared to stop. Be mindful, also, of detours or lane reductions. While inconvenient, these changes help to protect workers and better facilitate completion of roadwork.
  • Pay attention to posted speed limits: Always follow the posted speed limits. They are there for your safety, as well as the safety of others.
  • Do not tailgate or follow other vehicles too closely: This behaviour is considered negligent driving. Additionally, in construction zones, it is common to have frequent and sudden stops.
  • Watch for newly posted signs, traffic signals, uneven pavement, pavement markings and especially workers: When you ignore traffic safety, you risk the lives of workers and other motorists. Offenders should be aware they face double the fines and get demerit points added to their licence.

Learn About Your Legal Rights After a Construction Zone Crash

Construction zones can lead to serious crashes and cause severe or life-threatening injuries. If you have been injured due to another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your damages.

Contact our Chatham-Kent vehicle collision lawyers to learn more about your potential legal options. We do not charge you for your initial consultation. There is no obligation to hire our services after this meeting. However, if we do represent you, there is nothing to pay us up front or while we work on your case. We only get paid if you do.

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