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A car accident in British Columbia on Halloween can be scary

"Trick or treat?" Children exuberantly ask this question as they appear at doorways all over North America on the last night of October. Ages ago, when the tradition began, the question harboured a veiled menace:  if you don't give me a treat, I will play a trick on you! In today's British Columbia neighbourhoods, treats are automatically offered, piled high near the door. Meanwhile, the hidden menace remains, embodied in the potential of a child victim of a car accident.

Ill-fated wrongful death a world away in British Columbia

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.

Vehicle model no protection against injury in a car accident

The sheer force of impact in a high-speed collision is a great equalizer in vehicle damage as well as potential injury. When first responders must resort to the Jaws of Life to extricate victims of a car accident from a sports model or a luxury sedan, it puts paid to the myth that either jazzed-up or heavier cars offer protection against harm. On British Columbia roadways, however, it is a driver's skill and respect for the law that constitute the ultimate prevention against recklessness on the road.

Determining fault in British Columbia wrongful death elusive

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.

Unusual bicycle accidents in British Columbia: Case in point

Many residential neighbourhoods have signs posted reminding drivers to slow down for local children who may be playing, cycling or simply walking along a sidewalk. The signs are part and parcel of the preventive measures British Columbia homeowners take to protect their homes and communities from big city perils such as car or bicycle accidents. When homeowners, however, take the law into their own hands, they risk jeopardizing their own safety and the lives of those around them.

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