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Wrongful death writ large while British Columbia, nation grieve

With a shudder, a hockey Mom in Langley remembered regularly driving her son to catch buses bound for out-of-town games. As our entire country mourned after the catastrophic bus crash in Saskatchewan, this British Columbia mother launched a tribute that instantly went viral. Wearing jerseys in memory of the Humboldt Broncos, a hockey team of 16- to 21-year-old players, was one way for thousands of Canadian parents to bow their heads and say, "but for the grace of God, there goes my son." In this unutterable tragedy, legal fault continues to loom large, presenting grounds for wrongful death lawsuits.

The flatland terrain of a prairie province is not much like that of our province, which is home to the Canadian Rockies. Yet there are regional highways which are similarly flat where one roadway intersects another. In this case, a flashing stop sign at a rural intersection was either unseen, or worse, ignored by the driver of a semi. According to a 19-year-old survivor, the impact split the team's bus in two. Detailed and long-term investigations have begun into the 4-year-old trucking company, including driver training, certification and vehicle safety status.

Fatality at British Columbia crosswalk cause for wrongful death

Distracted driving has come to be associated with cell phone use at the wheel. Yet there are other well-known distractions, such as changing a radio station, lighting a cigarette or being diverted by a billboard. Inattention to an upcoming crosswalk in the busiest city in British Columbia leaves pedestrians open to injury as well. When injury leads to loss of life, grounds may exist for a wrongful death lawsuit.

In an eerie echo of what occurred just a few weeks ago to a pedestrian waiting at a bus stop, the injuries suffered by a pedestrian struck down in the middle of a Vancouver crosswalk were at first listed as minor. In such cases, there is every reason to feel relief that life itself was not endangered. Tragically, in this, as in other similar cases, the female pedestrian unexpectedly died from her injuries the very next day.

Wrongful death lawsuit possible after injury in British Columbia

Injuries suffered due to a roadway accident can be minor, serious, critical or life-threatening. Even when minor, injuries can turn out to have fatal consequences. This is what happened when a mother of four was struck down while standing at a bus stop in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Given the circumstances, a family bereaved in this unexpected way may consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to news reports at the time of the accident, the victim and one of her sons were transported to hospital with non life-threatening injuries. It's conceivable that the family were comforted by this information, which suggested that neither the woman nor her son were in danger of death. Sadly, as personal injury lawyers know from experience, serious medical issues can arise from even apparently minor injuries.

Speeding causes car accident in British Columbia

It's something one never wants to experience: helplessness in the face of a head-on collision. Crashing at high speed will dramatically reduce the protection of air bags and seat belts. In a recent car accident in British Columbia, the impact caused by two speeding drivers sent one to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Details are sketchy, but according to police, both drivers had to be rushed to hospital, one by air ambulance. Witnesses must have been on the scene in order for authorities to have known that not one, but both drivers, were driving at high speeds. Fortunately, there were no passengers in either vehicle when the collision occurred.

Blame time change for pedestrian accident in British Columbia

It's difficult to know for sure but statistics are ramping up against the value of daylight savings time. "Spring forward, fall back" is a catchy mnemonic that is now being questioned all across Canada. Except for Saskatchewan, all provinces adhere to this wartime tradition. On the Mondays following the seasonal time change, British Columbians are more likely to be the victims of a pedestrian accident than usual.

Experts continue to debate why this should be so. Some say that the loss of one hour's sleep significantly decreases alertness in drivers -- and possibly the vigilance of pedestrians. Others downplay the hour's loss, claiming that only someone who is already sleep-deprived lacks the reserves to handle the time change. It may seem like a case of "six of one, half-dozen of the other," but the victims of a pedestrian accident might well consider the assistance of a personal injury lawyer in determining cause.

Help is available with wrongful death lawsuits in Burnaby

Dealing with the untimely death of a loved one is never easy, and the trauma of the loss may be exacerbated if the negligence of someone else caused the death. If you face such a situation, you might have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Such lawsuits are typically complicated and subject to a statute of limitations, but if you are in Burnaby or the greater Vancouver area, the lawyers at Michael Golden Law Corporation are available to guide you through the legal proceedings.

Our team of compassionate lawyers can assess the circumstances of the death, help formally establish negligence and present the claim in civil court. We are aware of the typical tactics of insurance companies that want to settle claims quickly, and we can advocate on your behalf to ensure maximum compensation. While we focus on the legal proceedings, you can grieve the loss of your loved one.

Heads, eyes forward to prevent a car accident in British Columbia

It's all too often the case, or rather, the cause. Cell phone use while driving can cause a car accident in the blink of an eye. According to recent statistics, more accidents occur due to distracted driving than impaired driving. Reportedly, 78 lives are lost each year in British Columbia because of drivers' attention distracted from the road by talking or texting on a cell phone.

Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are most likely to be victims of a distracted driver than of any other -- a fact cited by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) only a year and a half ago. At the time, fines were doubled and driving demerit points increased from three to four. Cold comfort when one considers the vulnerability to serious injury or death by pedestrians and other roadway users.

Coquihalla crash injures 29 in British Columbia car accident

Highway 5, known as the Coquihalla Highway, runs from sea level to 2400 meters above sea level as the crow flies. It bears a dubious safety reputation. A car accident on British Columbia's Coquihalla is so commonplace that when two buses, two semis and two other vehicles collided recently, area residents phoned for help as soon as the first deafening crash occurred.

In any season, Highway 5 is known for accidents arising from driver error, excessive speed and poor judgment. This year's extreme winter in a region completely unaccustomed to 20 centimeters of snow in one day has made daily headlines. Yet warnings by authorities to drive according to conditions had been issued the day before and regularly repeated.

A car accident in British Columbia due to conduct unbecoming?

As the old saying goes: courtesy costs nothing. Arguably, the opposite may be proved true when a lack of courtesy on the road causes a car accident. It seems trivial and may even sound trite, but excessive losses reported by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) are, in part, being attributed to discourteous drivers disrespectful of some of the most basic rules of the road.

According to a former director, cutting off another driver, excessive speeding and yelling at other drivers figure among the reasons that the province holds the nationwide record for poor driving practices. In a survey following a road rage incident that went viral, responses from British Columbia residents showed the highest incidence of bad driving, ranging from rude to dangerous. Even something as common as driving through a stop sign can cause an accident event.

Getaway driver wreaks havoc in British Columbia car accident

Many movies today feature car chases meant to thrill viewers with edge-of-the-seat action, in the style of "Bonnie and Clyde." When real life intersects with the kind of mayhem depicted in such films, it makes for a whole different -- and terrifying -- storyline for British Columbia residents. It takes only one out-of-control driver to endanger the lives of all in his path by causing a car accident, and possibly taking the lives of innocent bystanders.

The vehicle, a luxury SUV, didn't even belong to a driver apparently fleeing the scene of not one, but two bank robberies. Accompanied by a passenger, the driver sped wildly along a main thoroughfare in Vancouver. After crashing into another SUV with such impact that its windows exploded, the stolen SUV hit another car.

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