There are large highways in Canada, as well as normal roadways, residential areas, one-way streets, and everything else. In many municipalities, there is a hodgepodge of every type of road, from the busiest six lane highways in Barrie, all the way down to little cul de sacs. Motor vehicle collisions take place on all of these roadways.
The most common major roads in Barrie are the 400-series, which is what Americans would call a major highway. That would include Highway 401, 402, and 407. The highways are where the speed limit is the highest, at 100 kilometers an hour, which is about 62 miles an hour. For this reason, Barrie highway accidents can be particularly devastating for involved parties.
There are lots of accidents on the 400-series highways, unfortunately. Barrie has a very significant population that commutes to the Greater Toronto Area. It is an hour and a half drive away. Every morning, around 40 per cent of households put a vehicle on the road that travels to Toronto to go to work.
There is a massive amount of traffic heading up and down the highway every day. Barrie is also between Toronto and Cottage Country. Many GTA residents have cottages in Muskoka or Halliburton and drive through Barrie regularly on their way up north. Commuters heading north to access the ski hills and other outdoor activities also travel through the area. Fridays in the summer are an especially busy time for Barrie-area commuters.
Every weekend, thousands of people leave Greater Toronto, which is a community of more than 5 million people. They jump in their cars with their family, their dogs, and everything else, and they drive up north to their cottages to go skiing, boating, or something of that nature.
There is also a group of people in Barrie who drive down to the city for work every day. This results in way too much traffic, lots of gridlock, lots of road rage, and a host of other problems. Fortunately, a well-practiced trial lawyer could help you understand which factors may have contributed to your highway collision.
Collisions on the 400-series highway are usually more severe than other accidents because they occur at high speeds. They tend to be more violent and are likely to affect multiple vehicles and cause excessive damage. For example, there have been cases where 35 vehicles are involved in a single collision.
Additionally, there are a lot of trucks hauling goods between areas along the 400-series highways. These transport vehicles are commonly involved in Barrie highway crashes. Because of their great size, commercial trucks can cause massive amounts of damage to individuals.
There are also certain obligations you must follow after being involved in an accident on the 400-series highways. A lawyer may have to put the provincial government on notice if it bears fault for failing to maintain the highway properly. These special notice provisions may vary depending on the responsible government entity, so it is advisable to consult with a legal representative right away.
One common fact pattern surrounding highway collisions in Barrie is people commuting to work in the morning and back home in the evening. Drivers face gridlock and bad traffic every day. People get bored and frustrated as a result and end up looking at their phones and not paying proper attention to the road. They get road rage.
Some people drive much more aggressively than others. Some motorists think that speed limits do not apply to them. Weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed, which is especially common on highways, can also create civil liability in the event of an accident.
Additionally, the road system has not kept up with the capacity. The Greater Toronto Area and Barrie are rising in terms of population at a very high rate, and the road infrastructure has not caught and kept up with that increased speed.
Barrie highway accidents tend to result in more violent collisions and issues such as airbag deployment and rollovers. A lot of times, there is debris that is left on the highway. In a high-speed collision, a tire may be knocked loose, and then another car will come down the road and hit the debris on the road.
Because it is high-speed, vehicles may get knocked into the center median. Sometimes there are pedestrian collisions because people will get out of their vehicle after it has been crumbled due to the high speed. Although cars are much safer than they have been, there is a greater risk of serious harm when speed increases.