Hamilton, Ontario, is a city that experiences quite a number of traffic collisions. In fact, between 2013 and 2023, the city recorded nearly 83,000 traffic accidents, which equates to roughly 8,000 per year. Worsening matters is the fact that crashes on the most dangerous roads/intersections in Hamilton injure or kill over 1,000 people each year.
After being in a car accident in Hamilton, ON, you may face substantial medical expenses and sizable income losses. The good news is that a skilled lawyer from Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers can identify and pursue all possible sources of compensation available under Ontario law.
Contact our law office for a free initial consultation to learn more.
How Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Car Accident in Hamilton, Ontario
Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers provides legal representation to injured clients throughout Hamilton, Ontario, and has done so since 1981. Our experienced Hamilton car accident lawyers have an unparalleled record of success assisting victims in pursuit of the compensation they are entitled to.
If you suffer an injury due to someone else’s actions, we will provide you with the following:
- A free evaluation of your case to assess your legal options
- A team-focused approach to your legal representation with a dedicated lawyer and case manager
- Aggressive negotiations with insurers to try to settle your case on fair terms
Any car accident can cause serious or catastrophic injuries that stop you from working or even caring for your personal needs. Do not hesitate to contact our Hamilton personal injury lawyers for a free consultation to discuss your crash injuries and how we can help you seek compensation for them.
How Many Crashes Happen in Hamilton?
In its Annual Collision Report, the city of Hamilton uses a rolling, five-year average to smooth over the noise that can appear from year to year.
Nevertheless, in 2022, Hamilton reported the following averages:
- 8,151 total collisions per year
- 16 fatal collisions per year
- 1,295 non-fatal injury collisions per year
- 213 pedestrian accidents per year
- 140 bicycle accidents per year
All of these numbers, except for fatal collisions, actually show improvement compared to the previous five-year average; non-fatal injury accidents, in particular, fell by over 8% compared to the prior report.
Hamilton Traffic Collision Locations
Hamilton is a member of the Vision Zero Network, the result of a campaign founded on the theory that traffic collisions do not happen randomly and can, instead, be traced to things like poor driving behavior, road design, and complex traffic laws and policies.
The city’s Vision Zero Action Plan illustrates the point: If crashes truly happened randomly, they would scatter across the city. However, the maps included in the plan show clusters of crashes around hotspots.
These clusters may form for various reasons, such as:
- Traffic congestion
- Inadequate pedestrian crossings
- Confusing intersections
- Blind driveways and alleys
- Excessive speed limits
In all of these cases, it is driver behavior that ultimately causes the crash. Heavy traffic, for instance, does not inherently cause collisions, but it often amplifies the effects of speeding and following too closely, causing drivers to have a smaller margin for error.
Most Dangerous Intersections in Hamilton
Almost all intersection crashes occur when one driver fails to yield to another road user with the right of way, a traffic violation that can take many forms, such as:
- Disobeying a traffic signal or sign
- Turning across the path of an oncoming vehicle
- Turning into the path of approaching traffic
- Failing to stop at a marked crosswalk
In all of these situations, an at-fault driver can cause a severe collision, seeing as the other road user has the right of way and will likely be traveling at full speed when the collision happens.
Fortunately, Hamilton provides many resources for identifying the hotspots where these crashes occur. In addition to the high-injury network maps in the Vision Zero Action Plan, Hamilton also provides collision maps in its Annual Collision Report.
According to these resources, Hamilton’s most dangerous intersections include the following:
- Upper Wentworth St. (near the ramp to Lincoln Alexander Pkwy.)
- Dundurn St. and King St.
- Barton St. and Centennial Pkwy.
Each of these intersections saw over 19 collisions over the five years detailed in the Annual Collision Report (2018 to 2022).
Most Dangerous Roads in Hamilton
According to the same resources, some of the city’s most dangerous roads include the following:
- Main St.
- Upper James St.
- Mohawk Rd.
- Queenston Rd.
- Red Hill Valley Pkwy.
Each of these roads saw at least ten crashes between 2018 and 2022, but three roads, in particular — Main St., Upper James St., and Mohawk Rd. — amount for over 40 crashes each when you add their road and related intersection crashes.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Experienced Hamilton Car Accident Lawyers
Despite the accessibility of crash maps, car collisions can still happen anywhere in Hamilton. Contact our law firm Findlay Personal Injury Lawyers at (905) 522-9799 if you suffer an injury in an accident to learn about your right to compensation.