When fatal car accidents occur in British Columbia, the crash investigation process is complicated, often involving specialized 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.
Along with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, firefighters and paramedics rushed to the accident that occurred shortly after 3 p.m. Traffic on Highway 22 came to a halt for approximately 40 minutes while the Jaws of Life and other hydraulic tools were used to extricate three injured victims. One person later succumbed to critical injuries.
As with other serious and fatal crashes, traffic services launched an investigation that included taking statements, doing mechanical and electronic investigations and examining the scene. A reconstructionist also examined the accident scene. Upon completion of all the aspects of the inquiries, more information about the crash will likely be available.
While it is unclear who was at fault in this tragedy, those who suffered injuries resulting from the negligence of others may pursue recovery of damages. Similarly, the surviving family members of any person who is killed in a crash may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit. If the death was due to negligence by another party — even if the deceased person was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a negligent driver — recovery of damages may be sought. The support and guidance of an experienced British Columbia personal injury lawyer may be helpful in the navigation of such lawsuits.
Source: castlegarnews.com, “UPDATED: RCMP investigating fatal crash south of Castlegar“, John White, June 13, 2017