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.
They posted an extremely graphic video showing a car crashing into a group of pedestrians. The driver of that car was under the influence of alcohol. The video was obtained from security camera footage of the incident, showing the driver of a car running a red light at an intersection and ploughing into the pedestrians who were crossing the road in a crosswalk that was clearly marked.
The video also showed the car then crashing head-on into a pickup truck before speeding away. The driver was subsequently arrested and convicted of impaired driving and leaving an accident scene. Reportedly, none of those involved in this accident was older than 20 years of age, and, unbelievably, only one person was admitted to a hospital for treatment of injuries. The aim with posting this video online was to show people the devastation the drinking and driving can cause.
The injured victim in this car accident — like all other victims of crashes caused by negligent drivers — can seek recovery of the financial losses and emotional damage suffered as a result. If negligence on the part of another party can be established, it can be presented in a British Columbia civil court in pursuit of a monetary award in a personal injury lawsuit. Both these tasks can be complicated, and many accident victims choose to leave the navigation of such a lawsuit in the hands of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Source: British Columbia – CBC News, “B.C. pedestrians hit by drunk driver hope others will learn from graphic video“, May 16, 2017