Abbotsford Personal Injury Law Blog

Clearing car accidents too quickly could have consequences

When a major collision occurs, the next steps taken can be very important for peoples' safety and any police investigations. Many British Columbia residents hope that car accidents are cleared off the road sooner, particularly in the case of minor collisions. However, there are concerns that wreckage being cleared too quickly can hinder investigations and prevent the proper collection of evidence to document exactly what happened.

In British Columbia, car accidents with over $1,000 in damage require an investigation from police officers. The police produce MV6020 forms from these investigations, which support insurance claims and help hold dangerous drivers accountable. However, these reports are also sent to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia who then use the data to identify patterns, such as driving behaviours or unsafe intersections.

What happens when you suffer a brain injury in a car accident?

Concussions are among the most common injuries resulting from accidents. Just about anyone in British Columbia is at risk for such a brain injury, in particular victims of car accidents or those who suffer sports injuries. Understanding how a concussion occurs and what its initial warning signs are can help people better manage risks and respond to an incident.

Although concussions can occur in any number of circumstances, they are often discussed in relation to contact sports. For instance, a head-to-head collision between two football players running at top speed has the same impact as someone's head striking a windshield in a 40 km/h car crash. From a physics perspective, these 4,500 joules of energy is the same as being hit by a bowling ball dropped from a 28 story building.

Car accidents involving cyclists increase over summer months

Every day, pedestrians, cyclists, and motor-vehicles share the roads. In order for everyone to stay safe, there are certain rules that each must follow in British Columbia. Car accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycles can be particularly dangerous, so it is important for any driver to be aware of how to safely share the road with everyone.

Warmer weather brings an increase in cyclists to British Columbia streets. Unfortunately, it also brings an increase in car accidents involving those riding bicycles. As a result, the Insurance Corporation of British Coumbia (ICBC) is urging drivers to take extra precautions to avoid a crash over the summer and autumn months.

British Columbia's drunk driving laws prevent car accidents

Impaired driving is a major issue across the country and beyond. In British Columbia, laws have been put in place to prevent car accidents, injury and death related to drunk driving. Advocacy organizations are pointing to the province as a model for how other parts of Canada should legislate against driving under the influence.

In British Columbia, there are serious and immediate consequences to driving while impaired. Those who blow over 0.05 percent may face an immediately suspended license and impounded vehicle for up to 30 days. Those whose blood alcohol level is over 0.08 will face up to 90 days.

Why are elderly Canadians in more serious car accidents?

Getting a driver's license can be challenging. For many elderly people in British Columbia, keeping that license can be just as hard. This conversation is making headlines after recent data from an insurance provider showed disproportionate representation of older drivers in car accidents resulting in serious injury or death.

Some people in Canada are asking for increased safeguards to keep people whose driving has become unsafe as a result of aging. Others believe the statistics are misleading. They argue that older people may be more likely to be seriously injured or killed in car accidents because of their age, not the severity of the collision.

Car accidents in British Columbia up 23 percent in a few years

Paying attention on the road is important any time of year. However, it has been an even more central topic of conversation recently when the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) released startling statistics. They report that car accidents in the province have increased 23 percent over the past few years.

According to the organization, collisions rose to 320,000 last year. This is an average for 875 car accidents per day province-wide. This increase led to research by Insights West and ICBC to understand the causes of these accidents in British Columbia.

Officers startled by impaired drivers and risk of car accidents

The roads are full of drivers, construction workers, pedestrians and police officers looking to keep the streets safe. Impaired drivers can threaten the safety of all of these people and cause serious car accidents. British Columbia residents were reminded of this fact in late July, when a drunk driver sped through a police roadblock in Victoria.

The roadblock had been set up as a means to catch impaired drivers. The ICBC counterattack was set up on Blanshard Street around 2 a.m. The driver nearly drove straight past the officers in florescent vests and into the roadblock. She heard their yells to stop just in time and was able to hit her brakes before causing a collision.

Self-driving wheelchairs may help those with spinal cord injuries

Canadians with disabilities often seek technology to accomplish daily tasks. Those with spinal cord injuries across British Columbia may have a new option soon. A team of researchers have developed self-driving technology for power wheelchairs.

The hype about self-driving cars led a team of Canadians to consider how wheelchairs could be improved with artificial intelligence. Their research has found ways to make wheelchairs not only more user-friendly, but also less expensive. They claim the product they are developing will cost between $300 and $700, a far cry from the $30,000 price tag of other autonomous wheelchairs currently on the market.

Spinal cord injuries lead to doctor seeking ban of trampolines

A doctor in another province seeks a total ban on recreational trampoline use. As a pediatric emergency room physician, she has noticed a significant increase in children needing treatment after suffering trampoline injuries over the past four years. Along with head injuries, fractured bones and strokes, spinal cord injuries -- often leading to months of rehabilitation and, in some cases, permanent disability -- were prevalent.

The doctor believes free access to trampolines in businesses and parks across the country, including in British Columbia, is part of the reason for the number of trampoline injuries. On July 7, an 8-year-old girl had to be rushed to a hospital after she suffered serious injuries on a trampoline. After spending the night in intensive care, she was airlifted to a different hospital. There, the pediatrician now seeking the ban diagnosed neck and spinal cord damage.

Car accidents: 1 in 4 linked to distracted driving

Too many people in British Columbia die or suffer traumatic injuries such as TBI or spinal cord injuries due to distracted driving. A significant number of car accidents in this province are linked to distractions. Although children in the car, eating, drinking and grooming can distract drivers, cell phones and other mobile devices have been identified as primary causes of driver distraction.

A comprehensive look at the range of interferences with which drivers are bombarded range from visual to cognitive and physical distractions. Any driver's attention is already stretched with the visual distractions outside and inside the vehicle. Researchers say, while drivers use electronic devices for communication, they process 50 percent less of their surrounding environments than when they focus on driving.

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