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Hit-and-run driver returns twice to pedestrian accident scene

A 51-year-old hit-and-run driver recently received a conditional sentence of eight months followed by probation for 18 months for knocking down a pedestrian in Jan. 2014. According to British Columbia Supreme Court documents, this pedestrian accident occurred on a morning with poor visibility when the defendant backed out of his driveway. He failed to notice a woman who was on her morning walk and struck her with his vehicle.

Wrongful death claim may follow head-on crash on Highway 22

When fatal car accidents occur in British Columbia, the crash investigation process is complicated, often involving specialised operations by different agencies. One such accident -- that could potentially result in a wrongful death claim -- occurred in West Kootenay on a recent Tuesday. A spokesperson for traffic services said it was a head-on crash that trapped several occupants in their vehicles.

Car accident: The challenge of calculating spinal injury damages

Victims of crashes nationwide, including in British Columbia, can pursue recovery of damages. This is if the car accident was caused by the negligence of another person. However, how do one know the monetary value of damages caused by spinal cord injuries – both short and long-term losses? This is particularly applicable to incomplete spinal injuries because it typically involves 'wait and see' scenarios. Most victims of such injuries are discharged from medical facilities before they have healed, and they then live in suspense to see how much they will recover.

Precautions can limit the chances of bicycle accidents

As the weather changes, cyclists will take to the British Columbia roads. Unfortunately, as in any other year, many victims of bicycle accidents will likely land in hospitals with injuries that could be traumatic. Cyclists have very little protection, and when they are struck by vehicles, the injuries are usually severe.

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