Vancouver is no longer the sleepy community it was in the past, and the density of the population has led to many serious traffic problems throughout the city. The numbers of auto accidents continue to rise, and these accidents involve a range of negligent driving behaviours. In other areas of B.C., there are road conditions that are dangerous even in the dry months, often leading to serious or deadly accidents. Klein Lawyers is a car accident injury law firm that represents the injured in ICBC claims. With 20 years of experience in car accident cases, you can trust our Vancouver car accident lawyer to know how to present your claim and help you seek to recover a fair settlement.
The statistics for car accidents in British Columbia in 2013 reveal some staggering numbers. The total number of accidents in 2013 was 260,000, with 170,000 of these accidents taking place in the Lower Mainland. The number of injuries reached a shocking 85,000, with 61,000 of the injury accidents occurring in the Vancouver metro area, followed by Vancouver Island at 10,000, the Southern Interior at 9,700, and North Central BC at 3,200. In 2013, 538 people were killed in traffic accidents throughout the province.
There are three main reasons behind these auto crashes: speed, impaired driving and distractions. The statistics from ICBC reveal that in 2013, 28% of fatal accidents were caused by speeding, 23% by drunk driving, and 29% by driver distractions. These types of accidents are described below.
Driving too fast for weather conditions is dangerous, and led to 30 fatal car accidents in 2013, with an average of over 46 a year over the most recent 5-year span. Although heavy rains make it unsafe to travel at normal speeds, some drivers just won’t slow down. Driving on icy and snowy roads always poses a risk, but drivers who drive faster than they should in rainy, snowy, or icy conditions often cause car accidents with tragic results.
Cell phone use while driving is well known to be dangerous, and texting while driving puts the driver, the passengers and all travellers on the road at great risk of harm. The driver’s eyes are not on the road ahead; instead he or she is mentally focused on reading an incoming text or email, or in composing the text or email. While the attention of the driver is shifted off the road and onto the digital device, the vehicle travels a great distance, and the potential for hitting a car ahead, swerving out of lanes and into oncoming traffic and other dangers is very real. Other driver distractions include daydreaming, talking on the phone, playing with various systems within the vehicle, eating, putting on makeup or even reading.
Some drivers become aggressive when they get behind the wheel. A normally friendly individual can have a complete change in personality, becoming aggressive and driving unsafely. Activities such as tailgating, speeding, improper passing, ignoring traffic control devices, weaving from lane to lane and other poor driving behaviours put all others sharing the streets or highways at high risk of an injury. The majority of high-risk driving takes place in Vancouver and in other communities in the Lower Mainland.
ICBC has reported that an alarming number of drivers – 30% — have admitted that they have nodded off while behind the wheel, and 43% admitted to driving while fatigued. Our lives are busy, and many people just don’t get enough sleep. Others are taking medications that can increase drowsiness as a side effect. Accidents involving driver fatigue occur more frequently during the summer months, when many people take longer road trips.
Drivers who exceed the speed limit or operate their vehicles too fast for the conditions are responsible for a great number of injury accidents and deaths in British Columbia every year. Speeding drivers endanger all others sharing the street or highway, as well as putting their own passengers at risk. Many people speed as a habit; others may be late for work or school or have other problems that they are trying to solve. Unfortunately, the truth is that it is better to be late than to find yourself in hospital or to cause the death of another person through your actions.
There are various causes of car accidents, many of which occur at intersections. The most dangerous intersections in the Lower Mainland, based upon ICBC claims, are listed below:
|Burnaby||Gaglardi Way & Gaglardi Way off-ramp & Gaglardi Way onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy &|
emergency laneGaglardi Way & Gaglardi Way off-ramp & Gaglardi Way onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy &
emergency lane& turning laneKensington Ave & Kensington Ave off-ramp & Kensington Ave onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy &
turning laneKensington Ave & Kensington Ave off-ramp & Kensington Ave onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy &
turning lane at 232 St & 232 St off-ramp & 232 St onramp & 72 Ave & 72 AveKnight St & Knight St Bridge & SE Trans-Canada Hwy & Willingdon Ave & Willingdon Ave
off-ramp &Willingdon Ave onramp & turning laneTrans-Canada Highway & Willingdon Ave & Willingdon Ave off-ramp & Willingdon Ave
onramp & turning lane
|Coquitlam and New Westminster||Brunette Ave & Brunette Ave off-ramp & Brunette Ave onramp & Trans-Canada HwyBrunette Ave & Brunette Ave off-ramp & Brunette Ave and onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy|
|Langley||232 St & 232 St off-ramp & 232 St onramp & 72 Ave & 72 Ave onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy264 St & 264 St onramp & 56 Ave & 56 Ave off-ramp & 56 Ave onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy264 St & 264 St onramp & 56 Ave & 56 Ave off-ramp & 56 Ave onramp & Trans-Canada Hwy|
onramp &Trans-Canada Hwy
|Surrey||128 St & King George Blvd Surrey|
72 Ave & King George Blvd Surrey
88 Ave & King George Blvd
|Vancouver||Knight St & Knight St Bridge & SE Marine Dr. & SE Marine Dr. off-ramp & SE Marine Dr. onrampMarine Dr. & SE Marine Dr. off-ramp & SE Marine Dr. onramp|
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