With more than 600,000 residents, Vancouver is the most densely populated city in Canada. Our variety of sights and sounds make it a prime location for tourists and year-round residents alike.
While it may be nice to be such a hub of activity, it also means our roads can feature heavy traffic. As a result, there is a high risk of car accidents in and around Vancouver.
There is no way to completely protect against the possibility of a car accident. However, you can take certain precautions to lower your chances of being involved in one. One way is to be aware of what intersections in Vancouver are the most dangerous.
Most Dangerous Intersections – Total Number of Crashes
Car accidents are a major cause of injury and death throughout British Columbia. According to statistics from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), roughly 260,000 accidents occur each year in the province.
These accidents result in approximately 80,000 injuries and 50,000 deaths.
While a car accident can happen anywhere, data from the ICBC indicates that many of these car accidents tend to occur at intersections. The accidents often involve either head-on collisions between drivers in opposing lanes or side-impact collisions in which drivers attempt to cross traffic to make a turn.
According to ICBC statistics, the five most dangerous intersections for car accidents in Vancouver include:
- Knight Street and SE Marine Drive on and off ramps. With more than 1,300 accidents in a four-year period, the intersections for the on and off ramps are among the top 10 most dangerous in the country.
- Lions Gate Bridge. This intersection is a close second. More than 1,000 accidents were recorded over the same four-year period.
- Knight Street Bridge. The ICBC reports that between 2009 and 2013, there were more than 800 crashes at this intersection.
- Burrard Street Bridge and Pacific Street on and off ramps. In excess of 700 accidents were reported at these intersections over a four-year period.
- Boundary Road and Grandview Highway. With 668 reported car accidents, drivers were up to 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident at this intersection than at other roads in Vancouver.
Most Dangerous Intersections – Crash Frequency
The Vancouver Sun, citing ICBC statistics, reports that Vancouver stands above neighboring communities when it comes to the frequency of car accidents.
While Vancouver topped the list with more than 100,000 car accidents per year, the second closest town is Surrey, with a little over half that amount.
Over a four-year period, car crashes averaged around 9,000 per month. During this same four-year period, the top months for car accidents in Vancouver were:
January, March, and June all came close, with slightly more than 9,000 car accidents each. April and July averaged just over 8,500 each, and February was the lowest month, with 7,639 total accidents.
Common Factors Contributing to Intersection Accidents
According to Transport Canada, more than 30 percent of car accident fatalities and 40 percent of car accident injuries occur at intersections.
Urban intersections, in particular, account for the majority of these accidents and injuries. Almost half of these accidents are the result of driver misconduct.
Common factors that contribute to intersection accidents include:
- Aggressive driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failure to yield right of way
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Running red lights
- Jumping a green light, or completing a left turn on a yellow light.
In order to reduce speeding and other types of aggressive driving behaviors, “speed on green” technology is currently being implemented to detect drivers who are speeding through green lights at traffic intersections.
Speed cameras have also been found to be an effective deterrent for speeding through intersections and may result in up to a 40 percent reduction in accidents.
According to Transport Canada, speed programs are currently in effect in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Calgary, while Quebec is conducting a pilot study to determine the effectiveness of programs that are in place there.
Red light cameras are also being used at intersections. These cameras detect cars as they enter an intersection when the light is red. The cameras take a picture of the vehicle license plate. Drivers can then be ticketed based on the license number and vehicle identification.
Contact Our Experienced Vancouver Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured as the result of a car accident, contact our experienced Vancouver car accident lawyers today. At Klein Lawyers, LLP, we provide effective, efficient legal representation that is aimed at delivering results.
Serving Vancouver and surrounding areas, our lawyers understand the serious and often ongoing nature of injuries related to car accidents.
We offer a free consultation. We can use this case review to determine if you may be eligible for an ICBC settlement.
When you have been in a car accident, it is important to know the kinds of compensation you may be entitled to receive before contacting the ICBC or filing a claim. You may be able to file a lawsuit against the other driver for personal injuries and damages you suffered in the accident.
Even minor car accident injuries can have lasting and long term repercussions, so get the help you need by getting in touch with Klein Lawyers, LLP.