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.
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.
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.
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.
Driving defensively is one of the primary rules of the road in British Columbia as elsewhere. It sounds like it means that drivers must have eyes in the back of their heads when all it really calls for is being keenly aware of other drivers as well as of the road ahead. Sometimes, however, even the most conscientious driver cannot foresee the domino effect produced by just one irresponsible driver. As the first days of August set in, a car accident in Surrey played out just such an unsettling scenario, sending one victim to hospital.
Road and highway construction sites often test drivers' patience, but drivers know that the safety measures in place are there not only to protect drivers but on-site workers as well. Recently, in Burnaby, roadwork was in full swing westward along 10th Avenue when an impatient driver ignored all of the cautionary signs, pylons and signalling, and plowed into a traffic flagger. The veteran flagger was the first accident victim of the driver of the white Hyundai who continued on to hit a second traffic flagger.
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.
During the week of 16 to 22 May, the Canada Safety Council ran an annual awareness campaign that focused on the behaviours of drivers and their passengers, pedestrians, cyclists and bikers. The aim is to remind people of the importance of being sober and alert when they drive, as well as the importance of using seat belts to provide protection in the event of a car accident. Police in a British Columbia city used YouTube to underscore the importance of responsible driving.
A gifted young soccer player in British Columbia lost his life in a crash while he was travelling home after a recent practice session. According to a crash report by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the fatal car accident occurred at about 9 p.m. on a recent Wednesday. The 17-year-old boy survived the wreck but succumbed to his injuries two days later.
Following a crash with injuries in British Columbia, the information gathered will likely play a significant role in a subsequent claim to recover damages. After any necessary medical treatment, an accident victim can write down everything he or she remembers about the accident. It will be helpful if photos can be taken of the crash scene, the vehicles involved and even the injuries suffered.