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British Columbia motor vehicle accident statistics

No one plans to get an auto collision, but that does not stop them from happening. In some cases, a car crash is nothing more than an unintended accident, and no one is to blame. In other cases, police determine that one or the other driver is at fault. In these situations, injured parties can seek legal claims for financial damages against the party or parties police determine are at fault.

In the vast majority of British Columbia motor vehicle accident cases, police determine that human condition is to blame for a crash. In fact, human condition (like being inebriated by drugs or alcohol, or being extremely sleepy or fatigued) is the leading cause of car crashes. Coming in second, human action is to blame. Human action includes failing to drive with care, failing to use a turn signal, improper passing, inattentive driving, reckless driving, failing to follow traffic laws and more. When reviewing motor vehicle crash statistics from the years 2001 to 2012, alcohol was blamed for 26 percent of accidents, drugs were blamed for 6 percent of accidents and a combination of drugs and alcohol were blamed for 3 percent of accidents.

In British Columbia every day, an average of 1.2 people die from car crash fatalities. Meanwhile, 18 people are hospitalized for car crash injuries per day. Annually, British Columbia sees about 6,500 hospitalizations each year and about 430 deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents.

British Columbia residents who have been negatively affected due to the negligence or unlawful behavior of a motor vehicle driver may be able to seek financial restitution in court. Financial damages pursuable in a car accident related personal injury case may include money for medical care, money for temporary or permanent disabilities, money for time spent unable to work, attorneys fees, court costs, punitive damages and other categories of damages.

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