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.
When three people died, two of them young children, as a result of a multi-vehicle car accident in April 2017, several families’ worst nightmares came true. Ella Hernandez, 9, and Tyler Mollie Wong Hernandez, 3, as well as a 30 year old woman were killed when a driver tried to pass on the highway located near Pitt River Road and forced two other vehicles into oncoming traffic. One year later, the driver of the vehicle was charged with driving without due care and attention under the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act. His punishment? A $368 fine and six points against his driver’s license.
First coined in 1988, the term "road rage" became common in the mid 90s. Many drivers have been subject to rude gestures or grimaces through a car window by a disgruntled driver. Road rage is not often mentioned by British Columbia authorities in an era of distracted driving, and which now promotes anger management classes. Yet an accident victim can be injured just as seriously by an enraged driver as by a distracted driver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.