Anyone who is incarcerated is in the care of correctional agencies. These agencies have certain responsibilities to keep them safe. When a person dies while serving a sentence in British Columbia, his or her surviving family may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit. One family has recently chosen to take these steps in reaction to the 2016 death of their son at Surrey Pretrial Center.
With a shudder, a hockey Mom in Langley remembered regularly driving her son to catch buses bound for out-of-town games. As our entire country mourned after the catastrophic bus crash in Saskatchewan, this British Columbia mother launched a tribute that instantly went viral. Wearing jerseys in memory of the Humboldt Broncos, a hockey team of 16- to 21-year-old players, was one way for thousands of Canadian parents to bow their heads and say, "but for the grace of God, there goes my son." In this unutterable tragedy, legal fault continues to loom large, presenting grounds for wrongful death lawsuits.
Distracted driving has come to be associated with cell phone use at the wheel. Yet there are other well-known distractions, such as changing a radio station, lighting a cigarette or being diverted by a billboard. Inattention to an upcoming crosswalk in the busiest city in British Columbia leaves pedestrians open to injury as well. When injury leads to loss of life, grounds may exist for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Injuries suffered due to a roadway accident can be minor, serious, critical or life-threatening. Even when minor, injuries can turn out to have fatal consequences. This is what happened when a mother of four was struck down while standing at a bus stop in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Given the circumstances, a family bereaved in this unexpected way may consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
Dealing with the untimely death of a loved one is never easy, and the trauma of the loss may be exacerbated if the negligence of someone else caused the death. If you face such a situation, you might have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Such lawsuits are typically complicated and subject to a statute of limitations, but if you are in Burnaby or the greater Vancouver area, the lawyers at Michael Golden Law Corporation are available to guide you through the legal proceedings.
They're known as the elephants of the road, and, like elephants, require lots of space, move at a steady, slower pace, and are subject to special rules of the road. In British Columbia, as elsewhere in Canada, semi trucks are not always permitted in the passing lane for motorway safety reasons. Even when a semi driver legitimately ventures into the passing lane, speed must be calculated accordingly in order to avoid mishaps that could end tragically and give rise to the potential of a wrongful death lawsuit.
Increasingly in major cities, public transit has become the poster child of environmentalist progress, promising diminished urban pollution. City buses filled with British Columbia citizens enjoying comparatively stress-free travel from point A to point B implicitly trust their professionally trained bus drivers to proceed without mishap. When the bus they're riding in suddenly strikes down a child, many might wonder whether the child's parents would consider pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
What is newsworthy in our culture is reported and carried by several sources, each offering a different angle or approach to the same news item. One of the main criteria for what makes the news is based on how well a news story captures attention. Invariably, death by misadventure or accident makes headlines in British Columbia, gaining momentum when questions about fault arise, creating the potential for wrongful death litigation.
It's hard to fathom why the number of car accidents spikes during three-day weekend holidays. The Nov. 11 statutory holiday shows close to a 35 per cent rise in vehicle collisions, in British Columbia and elsewhere. A time set aside for sober reflection on the loss of war veterans, the day takes on an added poignancy when it marks the death of a young adult in a car crash. The bereaved family of the victim might consider the potential for a wrongful death lawsuit in appropriate circumstances.
The stark contrast in climate between Eastern Canada and Western Canada has always been a descriptor of the overall national character of our wintry country. Lately, however, the relatively balmy weather that British Columbia is known for has been in flux. The province seems to have switched places with the most snowbound parts of the east. Consequently, there is a need to adapt driving habits in order to avoid an increase in collisions which may result in the potential for a wrongful death lawsuit.