Driver training and licensing programs are designed to ensure drivers know the rules of the road before getting behind the wheel. Despite these efforts, new figures from ICBC suggest that many people in British Columbia may have less knowledge of these rules than they should. The news comes after reviewing the results of a car accident prevention initiative, where 45,000 people across the province took an online knowledge test.
Any injury claims after auto accidents in British Columbia are dealt with through the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. It is a Crown corporation of the province, which deals with optional and basic insurance for all the drivers in British Columbia. However, car accident victims might not be the primary concern of the ICBC, and they are entitled to seek legal counsel to protect their rights.
During long weekends and summer vacations, many families will take long car trips to popular tourist destinations. However, the hot weather and long hours driving can have an effect on drivers and may contribute to a car accident. According to ICBC, fatigue-related deaths tend to increase in British Columbia in August, with an average of 110 collisions reported to be fatigue related during the month.
According to recent statistics from ICBC, car accident rates in British Columbia are at an all time high. The numbers have prompted the release of an online tool, the Drive Smart Refresher Test, aimed at helping people refresh their knowledge of car safety and avoid a car accident themselves. This free quiz highlights the bad driving habits and potentially outdated knowledge, an issue ICBC points to when discussing the increase of collisions in British Columbia.
Whether it's an occasional trip to the vet or a daily drive together, most people travel with their pets in the car from time to time. However, many do not take the correct precautions to avoid a car accident when traveling with an animal. According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), a safety device is critical to secure pets can prevent distractions and save the pet in case of a collision.
The arrival of summer, along with the Canada Day long weekend likely brought celebratory moods to many people in British Columbia. Because this typically goes along with alcohol use, the police teamed up with ICBC ahead of the weekend to enhance enforcement of campaigns like CounterAttack that aim to limit impaired driving. Every impaired driver that is stopped can prevent someone from being a car accident victim -- making the efforts of law enforcement worth their while.
A Burnaby RCMP statement used a recent crash as an example to remind motorists to take care on the roads. It says the warmer weather in British Columbia encourages bikers to get their motorcycles out after months of storage. It also warns that both motorcyclists and vehicle operators must not forget about the posted speed limits, and it added that motorists must remain vigilant and always expect the unexpected. This reminder followed a car accident that also involved a motorcycle.
Anyone in British Columbia who is insured with the Insurance Company of British Columbia may find comfort in knowing that their damages will likely be covered, regardless of who was at fault. However, what about someone who is left debilitated by a car accident? This is where the ICBC total disability benefits come in -- also called Part 7 benefits. The severity of the injuries will determine to which benefits an accident victim is entitled.
Who is responsible for a distracted driving accident? As it turns out, it could very well be the person who sent the text. According to an insurance and legal expert, an individual sending a text message could be considered liable if they knew that the recipient was driving.
It looks like British Columbia may be catching up to the rest of the country when it comes to leaving the full tort system behind. The legislation, introduced in late April and set to take effect next year, makes it so that settlements for minor injury claims will have a $5,500 cap. It will also aim to have claims for small injuries resolved within a 90 day window, outside of the B.C. Supreme Court.