It's hard to fathom why the number of car accidents spikes during three-day weekend holidays. The Nov. 11 statutory holiday shows close to a 35 per cent rise in vehicle collisions, in British Columbia and elsewhere. A time set aside for sober reflection on the loss of war veterans, the day takes on an added poignancy when it marks the death of a young adult in a car crash. The bereaved family of the victim might consider the potential for a wrongful death lawsuit in appropriate circumstances.
The stark contrast in climate between Eastern Canada and Western Canada has always been a descriptor of the overall national character of our wintry country. Lately, however, the relatively balmy weather that British Columbia is known for has been in flux. The province seems to have switched places with the most snowbound parts of the east. Consequently, there is a need to adapt driving habits in order to avoid an increase in collisions which may result in the potential for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Beginning a new life with one's young family in a country thousands of miles away takes courage and persistence. Sometimes people emigrate from their native home to join up with relatives who have already taken the plunge. Others envision enormous possibilities for personal success awaiting them in the new land. When death strikes, suddenly and needlessly, civil law in British Columbia provides for recourse through the potential of a wrongful death lawsuit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For some people in British Columbia, being behind the wheel of a car seems to bring out the worst in them. Perhaps some drivers feel empowered when driving, exhilarated by controlling a lustrous and impressive machine. It seems inconceivable that anyone leading a law-abiding life, or anyone who respects the lives of others as well as their own, would leave the scene of an accident involving a victim. Yet, as in this deadly incident in Surrey, the driver of an SUV did just that, allowing for the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit.
A character in the classic movie, American Graffiti, says it all: Driving is a serious business. Deadly serious, one might add without exaggeration, for the very good reason that loss of life may result. Driving has become such a commonplace activity that drivers can sometimes neglect to remain fully alert. When an ambulance driver is involved, such neglect can be particularly pernicious and may be the primary cause for commencing a wrongful death lawsuit.