Commercial Vehicle Accidents Have Increased in Ontario
Last week, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) accidents have increased across the province. The trend is a major concern for road safety experts, including Ontario car accident lawyers.
Ontario Truck Accidents Have Increased
The police service reported 4,816 CMV collisions on Ontario roads by mid-August 2019, up from 4,666 during the same period last year. Accidents involving large commercial vehicles – tractors, tow-trucks, 18-wheelers, etc. – are more likely to involve multiple vehicles and more likely to result in serious injuries or fatalities than accidents involving smaller vehicles. Eighty per cent (3,857) of the reported accidents involved multiple vehicles, and 46 of the accidents resulted in fatalities (up from 39 in 2018). Accidents involving CMVs accounted for 30 per cent of all fatal crashes on OPP-patrolled roads, despite accounting for just 11 per cent of total crashes.
The figures were released as the OPP launched its annual CMV accident prevention initiative, Operation Safe Trucking. The weeklong safety blitz focused on CMV-specific safety regulations, including rules around inspections, specialized equipment, hours of operation, and load security. It also targeted common traffic violations like impaired driving, distracted driving, following too closely, and speeding.
“While commercial drivers must comply with traffic laws, drive at a safe speed and distance, they also have the added responsibility of complying with all inspection requirements, adhering to recording their hours of service and making sure loads are secure,” said Ontario Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, per BlackburnNews.com. “By following these guidelines and safety precautions, operators help play an important role in reducing the collisions on our roadways and limiting distractions to keep our roads safe.”
OPP Chief Superintendent Alison Jevons stressed that CMV drivers are not always at fault for accidents involving commercial vehicles.
“Improper lane changes, following too closely and driving too fast for the conditions remain leading factors in commercial motor vehicle collisions on OPP-controlled roads,” she said. “If every commercial driver and motorist makes a commitment to be an exemplary driver who shares the road safely at all times, there is no question that we would see a dramatic decrease in these types of collisions.”
Truck Accidents in Ontario
Operation Safe Trucking ran from August 18 – 24, but commercial vehicle safety is a year-round concern for Ontario car accident lawyers. Because of the size disparity between CMVs and other vehicles on the road, operators must take special precautions to avoid collisions. When a CMV is involved in a collision with a family-sized vehicle, the result can be death or one of the following serious injuries:
- Head injuries including traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Back and neck injuries causing paralysis
- Multiple broken bones
- Rib, torso, and internal injuries
- Severe lacerations
- Chronic pain
Recovery from this type of injury can take months or years and have a profound effect on a person’s ability to enjoy life. While accident benefits are generally available through the province’s auto insurance system, many seriously injured accident victims find that they do not adequately address the full cost of recovery.
This is where an experienced car or truck accident lawyer can help. A personal injury lawyer will assist in resolving disputes with your insurance provider or, in certain cases, launch a civil claim against the parties who are responsible for your injuries. A civil suit led by a team of experienced Ontario car accident lawyers can recover costs for medical expenses, lost wages, mobility equipment, and compensate you and your family for the pain and suffering you have endured.
With CMV accidents on the rise in Ontario, it is the hope of every personal injury lawyer that Operation Safe Trucking and similar road safety initiatives can reduce collisions and fatalities on provincial routes.
An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you or a member of your family has been injured in a traffic accident involving a commercial motor vehicle, contact Will Davidson LLP today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with our team of experienced Ontario car accident lawyers. Our team will review the specifics of your case to determine its viability, explain the legal options at your disposal, and, if you choose to proceed, represent you throughout the legal process.
Our goal for every client is to secure fair and reasonable compensation for the damages they have secured. Recovery from a serious personal injury can be costly. Medical, rehabilitation, long-term care, and home-renovation costs add up quickly and can aggravate the mental and emotional pain you and your family are already experiencing. Our experienced team seeks to reduce these stresses by assuming responsibility for your legal concerns on a strict contingency basis – in other words, our team will push your lawsuit towards resolution at no cost until you have received compensation. In the unlikely scenario that we are unable to secure compensation, you will not be charged for our services.