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.
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.
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.
Driving while intoxicated, driving while distracted and driving at excessive speeds are recognized as the deadly triumvirate prowling British Columbia highways. At times, however, the cause of an event, especially an ill-fated one like a head-on collision, is obscured by what didn't cause it. Yet, even when authorities initially rule out any one of the deadly trio, the potential for a wrongful death lawsuit remains available.
There are two killers loose on British Columbia highways known as Impatience and Panic. When drivers follow each other along a single-lane highway, keeping a safe distance is standard protocol, just as on multiple lane highways. In fact, even more caution is required when driving at night through rural terrain or when frontal visibility is limited. When impatience to pass into an oncoming traffic lane overwhelms a driver's good sense, he or she may rob someone of life, giving ample cause for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Some time in the late 1990s, car pooling became increasingly prevalent on major British Columbia highways. Sharing one's vehicle with one or more passengers is a partial solution to saving on fuel and reducing traffic volume. Passengers, however, like drivers, take on virtually all the same risks associated with road travel. In a shocking turn of events last week, a passenger lost her life, conceivably giving her grieving family cause to consider a wrongful death lawsuit.