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Red Hill Valley Parkway Hamilton Accidents

The Red Hill Parkway is one of Hamilton’s highways that seems to be plagued with hundreds of trucking accidents, car accidents and motorcycle accidents. Over the past 12 years single motor vehicle collisions collisions seemed to be the most prevalent collision type, followed by rear-end accidents and sideswipe collisions.  Accidents on the Red Hill Parkway are caused by a variety of factors including road conditions, weather and dangerous or distracted driving.  It’s a disturbing trend we’re seeing as Hamilton personal injury lawyers.

If you or a loved one has been hurt on the Red Hill Valley Expressway, we know your priority is to focus on your recovery plan, to rehabilitate, to get out of the Hospital, to stay as positive as you can and to try and get back to as normal a routine as you can.  We understand the emotional and physical toll that accidents have on accident victims.  At the same time, it’s important you receive the compensation you deserve, especially as it can help with the costs associated with your physical and mental recovery and future wage losses if you are unable to work.

This is why we handle every aspect of your case to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. We know how to appropriately navigate the litigation process, know when to settle or when going to trial is the best course of action.

Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride on the Red Hill Valley Parkway

  • Don’t speed – High speeds are a common cause of accidents on this stretch of highway.  We know it’s an easy mistake to make; however, it’s best if everyone drives the posted speed limit.  Accidents at high speeds can have disastrous consequences.
  • Be aware of the other cars on the road.  Watch for signs of people changing lanes without signalling or slowing down.  Side swiping and rear enders are common accidents.
  • Focus – Educating drivers on the perils of distracted driving is a cause we stand behind.  This includes everything from texting, not using a hands-free device while talking on the phone, to eating and looking back to talk to the passengers in the back seat.  We’ve even seen people flipping through a magazine or papers while driving.  If the cell phone sitting in your console or seat beside you is too tempting, perhaps turn the ringer off and put it in the backseat or the trunk. That act alone could save lives.
  • Drive For Weather Conditions – In the rain and the snow, the Red Hill Valley Parkway can become dangerously slippery.  Drive for the weather conditions and exercise caution in bad weather.
  • Ensure Regular Maintenance Of Your Car – If you can avoid a stall, a flat tire, a tire coming off or any other car problems, you can help avoid a potential accident. Of course, cars fail and accidents happen. Anytime a car runs into car trouble on the highway, it can cause traffic delays and have the potential for an accident.  By regularly performing routine maintenance and checks on your car, your oil and your tires you can help yourself ensure a safe ride.

Contact our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers today

If you have been injured in a car accident on the Red Hill Parkway, please do not hesitate to call our Hamilton Personal Injury Lawyers today.  Distracted driving and speed is a serious problem in Ontario. Our dedicated team takes this issue very seriously and can help you receive the financial compensation and help you deserve. We fight for you so you don’t have to.

Lalande & Company Lawyers specialize in helping car accident victims who have suffered serious, life-changing injuries. Contact us at (905) 333-8888, fill in a contact form or chat with our live agent 24/7/ We offer free consultations and ready to help.

Trucking Accidents: Blindspots and No-Zones

2 Minute Read from Hamilton Trucking Accident Lawyers Serving Ontario

Have you ever followed behind a truck and read a bumper sticker which urges you to keep a safe distance? The most common warning that you might have seen is probably the one that says “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you”.  The reason for this warning is that unlike cars, tractor-trailers have operating limitations such as large blind spots, long stopping distances, and making wide turns.  Whether you are driving, walking or biking, it is very important for you to understand the limitations of large trucks and take extra precautions when you able.

What is a Semi Truck’s No-Zone?

Motorists normally assume that truckers can see  better because they’re are higher up off the road. While semi drivers do have a better view out over the horizon and bigger mirrors than most vehicles on the road, they still have major blindspots that you need to be aware of.  These blindspots are otherwise known as “NO ZONES” which are areas around the truck where your vehicle should never remain. They are blind spots located at the front, back, and at both sides of the truck.  As a motorist or pedestrian, you should pay particular attention to stay out of these “no-zones” because most of the time (depending on the nose mirrors) the truck driver has significantly decreased visibility in all of these areas.

Where Exactly are a Trucker’s No-Zones?

Right Side of the Truck – The right side blindspot on a truck can run the entire length of the trailer.  The semi’s right-sided blind spot begins at the truck’s front and angles outward. It also extends a few lanes lanes out to the right. This no-zone on the right is larger than the one on the left side.  You should always try to avoid passing tractor-trailers on the right. It is also highly important to be careful at intersections. Tractor-trailers make wide right turns and their large right side blind spot means they can easily smash into a car that is trying to get by.  Some semi -rucks have the technology to alert truck drivers if there is a vehicle in their blind spot – but not all trucks have the benefit of this equipment.

Left Side of the Truck – Tractor-trailers have a blind spots to the left of the cab that is smaller than the right blind spot. The no-zone on the left back to about 1/3 of the length of it’s trailer. If you do need to pass the semi, do it quickly and get out of the left blind-spot as soon as possible.

Front of the Semi – The hood of the truck can also create a front blind spot.  Generally the front blind spot is about 20 feet long.  As a motorist, it is important to try and avoid merging directly in front of a truck. It takes a fully loaded semi more than 300 feet to stop – over the length of a football field, including end-zones. Try to leave a safety cushion of about 4 car -lengths between you and the semi behind you.

Rear of the Semi –  Remember tractor-trailers don’t have rear-view mirrors. The tractor-trailer’s rear blind spot or no-zone starts directly at the back of the truck and extends backwards. If you tailgate then you make it impossible for the trucker to see you. You should always leave about twenty car lengths between your car and a semi truck.

Blind Spot Semi-Truck Accidents

Collisions involving transport trucks/tractor trailers are a regular occurrence in Ontario, especially on our provincial highways. The average kilometer of main highway in Canada has about 1,100 trucks a day in both directions. In Ontario, that average is higher at 2,300 trucks a day, although Highway 401 has volumes exceeding 10,000 trucks a day in Southern Ontario and 40,000 a day near Toronto!

Trucks have a lower crash rate per mile than cars, but it is important to note that their fatal crash rate is significantly higher due to their sheer size.  A main reason for the over-involvement of large trucks in fatal crashes is the differential in weight between trucks and other involved vehicles.  It’s quite easy to see how semi-truck accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries and death to the occupants of passenger vehicles and of course, motorcyclists and pedestrians are at an even higher risk for injury as they don’t have the same protection found in a car, such as seat belts and air bags.

Common types of crash risk factors include:

  • distracted drivers – or drivers with eyes off the road
  • poor vehicle maintenance
  • broken nose mirrors
  • broken cab mirrors
  • inclement weather
  • improper loading of cargo
  • failure to yield the right of way
  • driving too fast for trucking conditions
  • execution error
  • tailgating
  • driver fatigue
  • medication abuse
  • bad vehicle maintenance
  • chronic health conditions (mental and physical)
  • driving too fast for conditions
  • shifted and unfastened cargo
  • physical driver factors
  • equipment failure (brakes and tires)

Common types of truck crashes are:

  • large trucks rear-ending passenger vehicles
  • passenger vehicles rear-ending semis
  • right turn accidents
  • head-on crashes on undivided highways
  • sideswipe accidents in the same or opposite direction

Trucking Accident Lawyers Hamilton Serving Ontario

Because of the substantial costs of truck accident settlements and verdicts –  truckers, truck manufacturers, and trucking companies will no doubt have aggressive representatives working to minimize the compensation you deserve.  Cases can be further complicated by the involvement of multiple insurers.

Trucking accident cases are highly complex and should be handled by lawyers that are uniquely qualified in complex personal injury litigation.   Our Hamilton personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping tractor trailers accident victims and have represented trucking accident victims throughout the Province. We are willing to travel to see you or your family wherever you live in Ontario to discuss your trucking accident tragedy.

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a trucking accident, please contact our Lalande & Company lawyers at 905-333-8888 fill out a contact form, or chat with our live agent 24/7 who would be more than happy to set up an appointment with you and your family at y our convenience.

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