Some intersections in Ontario are more dangerous than others, and in June of 2018, drivers were asked by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) to vote on the worst intersections in Ontario. The annual campaign has not only identified the worst roads for commuters, but it has also helped bring awareness to the state and local government about the need for more funding for infrastructure improvements.
Below, we discuss some of these dangerous intersections and what you can do to stay safe if you plan on crossing or driving through these spots. The experienced Windsor car accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners are ready to help if you have been injured in a collision. We can review your claim during a free consultation to determine if another party can be held legally responsible for the damages you sustained, such as medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Intersections Where You Should Use Extra Caution
According to the CAA, some of the most dangerous intersections include:
Highway 401 in Chatham-Kent
This busy road took the top spot in the list. Locals refer to it as “Carnage Alley.” A woman and her five-year-old daughter were killed in a crossover collision on this road in August of 2017.
In December of 2018, an eastbound transport truck crossed the cable barrier and collided with two westbound trucks on the same road. All three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Since these and similar accidents on Highway 401, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has been committed to erecting a concrete meridian barrier in Chatham-Kent sometime this year.
Seminole Street in Windsor
This street was second on the list. In July of 2014, a pedestrian was hit by a motorist on Seminole Street and Pillette Road. Police believe the driver was trying to make a turn when the accident happened. The pedestrian was unfortunately fatally injured.
Tecumseh Road East in Windsor
Another road on the list was Tecumseh Road East. In April of 2014, a pickup truck struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Tecumseh Road East and Rose Ville Garden Drive. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Plank Road in Sarnia as well as Huron Church Road in Windsor were also at the top of the list.
Common Intersection Accidents
Many different types of accidents can happen at intersections. The most common include the following:
- Collisions between oncoming vehicles – These accidents may occur when one vehicle is turning in front of approaching traffic or when a vehicle is passing another.
- Rear-end crashes – These accidents often occur because a driver is following too closely and collides with a stopped vehicle. Distracted driving is also often to blame with these types of crashes.
- Side-impact collisions – These accidents often occur when one vehicle runs through a red light, either intentionally or while trying to make it through the intersection before the light turns red.
- Sideswipe collisions – These accidents may occur when vehicles are turning or one driver drifts into the lane of another driver.
- Crashes at rail crossings – These accidents are more likely to occur when the driver is not actively looking for hazards.
- Pedestrian accidents – These accidents involve hitting a pedestrian or cyclist, usually when the motorist is turning.
Safety Tips for Intersections
Some tips to be safe at intersections include:
- Watch for cross traffic when coming to an intersection. Drivers may run the red light, so do not assume it is safe to go even if you have the right-of-way.
- Drive slowly behind other vehicles to avoid rear-end accidents.
- Do not change lanes while driving through an intersection.
- If the traffic lights are not working, treat the intersection as a four-way-stop.
- Watch out for pedestrians, cyclists or other individuals before turning into an intersection.
- Drive defensively. Try to anticipate problems before they arise.
- Avoid distractions such as eating, listening to loud music or using your cellphone.
- Drive slowly at intersections and use your turn signal to show your intentions.
Contact a Skilled Lawyer for Help with Your Claim
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, it is important that you seek the assistance of a skilled lawyer. The legal team at Greg Monforton & Partners has helped many victims recover the compensation they deserve after a serious accident.
Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and options for compensation. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means there are no upfront costs unless you recover compensation.
Contact our office today by calling (866) 320-4770.