On Thursday afternoon, Windsor police responded to 19 accidents between the hours of noon and 7 p.m. thanks to a light snowfall that created treacherous driving conditions involving icy roads throughout the region.
Reports indicate that there were single-vehicle collisions throughout Highway 401. One accident involved a flipped pickup truck in the westbound lanes of the highway approaching Highway 3. Just before 4 p.m. there was another single-car accident in the same portion of the highway. A few hours before that, there was another in the eastbound lanes near Tilbury.
Also shortly before 4 p.m., a five-vehicle collision involving a tractor-trailer in the eastbound lanes of Highway 401 near Matchette Road forced Ojibway Parkway to close for several hours.
Fortunately, none of these accidents involved serious injuries.
The Dangers of Driving in Winter Conditions
The dangerous winter storm came in across Lake Michigan with strong winds that created flash-freeze conditions and led to frozen and slippery road conditions. As the storm passed through Michigan, three people were killed in a 40-car pileup Thursday morning.
Windsor Police Staff Sgt. Dan Potvin warned that the best thing to do during this type of weather is to stay off the roads. Even if your vehicle is equipped for winter weather, it will still be impossible to safely drive on icy roads.
He noted that when black ice is present, it is difficult to tell if the road is dry or covered in ice. He advised that drivers should always reduce their speed and leave plenty of space between their vehicles and others when driving in poor winter conditions.
The Windsor car accident lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners encourage everyone to put their safety first when traveling during winter weather. If another’s negligence causes an accident in which you are injured, we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.