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.
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.
Adverse weather in British Columbia makes travelling conditions hazardous, requiring drivers to be particularly skilful if they want to travel on wet, slushy roads. This applies especially to areas with high elevations such as the Coquihalla. A fatal crash near Kamloops in which a passenger was killed could result in a wrongful death claim.
A devastating crash occurred on a British Columbia Highway on a recent Friday evening. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the accident happened on Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam. Losing a loved one is naturally a traumatic experience which can be exacerbated by the financial consequences, and wrongful death claims may follow this tragedy in which several lives were lost.