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Vehicle model no protection against injury in a car accident

The sheer force of impact in a high-speed collision is a great equalizer in vehicle damage as well as potential injury. When first responders must resort to the Jaws of Life to extricate victims of a car accident from a sports model or a luxury sedan, it puts paid to the myth that either jazzed-up or heavier cars offer protection against harm. On British Columbia roadways, however, it is a driver's skill and respect for the law that constitute the ultimate prevention against recklessness on the road.

On a recent late-night Saturday, a speeding driver failed to stop at a red light, causing another car to slam into a traffic light standard. Three victims were pinned for over an hour in the smashed-up vehicles. Fire crews applied all due care in extricating the accident victims without adding to injuries already sustained in the crash. In the immediate aftermath, all three victims were transported to hospital, where they remain in stable condition.

Determining fault in British Columbia wrongful death elusive

When a highway accident takes the life of a loved one, details and circumstances can often remain indistinct and unclear for a long while afterwards. The trauma of bereavement doesn't leave much room for analysis even if memory replays the agonizing scene over and over. At some point, even after British Columbia RCMP may have declined to press criminal charges, the grief-stricken family might begin to question whether there is legal cause for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Accompanied by her family, a woman who commuted regularly between Bellingham and Vancouver was driving along King George Boulevard.  As she approached 48th Avenue, a motorcyclist weaving from one lane to another cut her off, causing her to land her SUV in a swampy ditch. Good Samaritans helped her family out of the overturned vehicle, but the young mother remained pinned behind the wheel.

Unusual bicycle accidents in British Columbia: Case in point

Many residential neighbourhoods have signs posted reminding drivers to slow down for local children who may be playing, cycling or simply walking along a sidewalk. The signs are part and parcel of the preventive measures British Columbia homeowners take to protect their homes and communities from big city perils such as car or bicycle accidents. When homeowners, however, take the law into their own hands, they risk jeopardizing their own safety and the lives of those around them.

On the face of it, a recent case in Langley should not have involved anyone being hit by a car. A break-and-enter was in progress when the thieves were surprised by the unexpected return of the homeowners. Intent on fleeing the scene, the would-be robbers sped away in their vehicle along 40th Avenue. For reasons still unclear, the homeowners followed in their car in what can only be described as a high-speed chase.

British Columbia family has possible cause for wrongful death

Driving while intoxicated, driving while distracted and driving at excessive speeds are recognized as the deadly triumvirate prowling British Columbia highways. At times, however, the cause of an event, especially an ill-fated one like a head-on collision, is obscured by what didn't cause it. Yet, even when authorities initially rule out any one of the deadly trio, the potential for a wrongful death lawsuit remains available.

Just before midnight on a recent Sunday, a car travelling eastward along Highway 10 suddenly catapulted over several lanes and collided with a westbound vehicle. The tremendous impact killed the driver of the struck vehicle, which was demolished almost beyond recognition. The other driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Wrongful death claim could follow British Columbia hit and run

There are two killers loose on British Columbia highways known as Impatience and Panic. When drivers follow each other along a single-lane highway, keeping a safe distance is standard protocol, just as on multiple lane highways. In fact, even more caution is required when driving at night through rural terrain or when frontal visibility is limited. When impatience to pass into an oncoming traffic lane overwhelms a driver's good sense, he or she may rob someone of life, giving ample cause for a wrongful death lawsuit.

On a mid-September weekday around 10 p.m., a troupe of motorcyclists was headed westbound along Lougheed Highway. Near the intersection of 287th Street, an eastbound driver attempting to pass collided with the lead cyclist, killing her and injuring another motorcyclist. The errant driver then fled the scene, presumably stricken with panic by the force of an impact that littered the highway with downed motorcyclists.

Wrongful death lawsuit may follow deadly British Columbia crash

Some time in the late 1990s, car pooling became increasingly prevalent on major British Columbia highways. Sharing one's vehicle with one or more passengers is a partial solution to saving on fuel and reducing traffic volume. Passengers, however, like drivers, take on virtually all the same risks associated with road travel. In a shocking turn of events last week, a passenger lost her life, conceivably giving her grieving family cause to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.

Construction going on alongside Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam was not an unusual sight for drivers just hitting their stride as rush hour started. Yet the hilly terrain skirting that stretch of the highway may not have been the best place to park a dump truck. Certainly if parking a truck on a hill were commonplace in a construction zone near a busy thoroughfare, it would be imperative to ensure that all its brakes were in good working order and fully activated.

Car accident on British Columbia highway related to holiday rush

After Canada Day on July 1, the next statutory holiday in British Columbia is Labour Day weekend. It always seems a long way off because it's one of the best times to visit friends or family or finally take that road trip with the kids in tow. Unfortunately, it's also a time when a car accident is more likely, throwing a wrench in carefully made plans and possibly giving cause for a personal injury lawsuit.

As rush hour was in full swing along the Trans Canada Highway, a driver came to a stop so unexpectedly at the Vicar's Road intersection that the five cars following him collided with each other, accordion fashion. At the scene, five victims required medical attention and were transported to a nearby hospital. Kamloops RCMP are familiar with the seasonal spike in car accidents during holiday periods.

British Columbia tourist site possible scene of wrongful death

According to NASA, the Rockies can be seen from space. Breathtaking landscapes across British Columbia draw visitors from all over the world. On a fateful day this month, a tourist visiting the province was barely 30 km from renowned Lake Louise. With majestic Mount Burgess towering above, she stepped out of her car into a road pullout and was struck and killed by an errant driver. Accompanying her on this dreadful day was her husband, who now appears to have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

An RCMP detachment at nearby Golden quickly arrived at the scene. Witnesses recounted how a compact model car headed northbound unexpectedly veered southward into the pullout, striking down the 54-year-old Canadian woman, then careering dangerously close to a second bystander. The vehicle came to a stop only when it collided with the dead tourist's vehicle, rear-ending it.

Pedestrian accident scene of hit-and-run in British Columbia

When an irresistible force meets an immovable object, it doesn't matter what time of night or day it might be. Pedestrians could be circulating on sidewalks, along city streets at any time, especially those who work night or graveyard shifts or have simply chosen to take a stroll in the fresh night air. A walking pace cannot compete with even the minimum speed of a moving vehicle and any drivers nearby, in particular at night, should strive to avoid the chances of a pedestrian accident.

In the wee hours of a weekend in August, RCMP were alerted to a car accident on Gordon Drive and Lequime Road in south central British Columbia. A car headed southbound along Gordon Drive had struck a pedestrian and fled the scene. A native of Kelowna, the accident victim suffered a broken leg and abrasions on his arm.

Motorcyclist injured in Vancouver car accident could file claim

Motorcycles became common sights on roadways some time after World War I. Robustly built and noisy, they fired up the imagination and recreational motorcycle clubs mushroomed across the country. Yet it is precisely motorcycles' maneuverability and compactness relative to standard vehicles that may contribute to fatal outcomes on British Columbia and other major highways. When a motorcyclist is involved in a car accident, his or her chances of avoiding life-threatening injuries or loss of life are dramatically diminished.

The Old Island Highway, an older section of Route 19A, is known for alarming rates of road incidents. On a recent Friday, just north of Courtney, a northbound SUV making an unexpected U-turn collided with the motorcycle following along behind. Traffic in both directions came to a standstill as the driver of the motorcycle was airlifted to hospital. Initial reports stated that the Vancouver motorcyclist's injuries were serious while the driver of the SUV suffered no injuries in the car accident.

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