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 This free quiz highlights the bad driving habits and potentially outdated knowledge, an issue ICBC points to when discussing the increase of collisions in British Columbia.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 travelling 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.
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.