Car accidents: Girl dies on Vancouver Island

A serious accident has claimed the life of a 9-year-old child on Vancouver Island, RCMP officials have reported. Car accidents involving children are always tragic, and British Columbia authorities are now hard at work investigating this latest incident. They have not filed charges against the driver involved at this time.

Police say the accident happened around 8 a.m. the morning of Jan. 22 on Shawnigan Lake Road. It appears from accident reconstruction that the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle while headed northbound, causing the car to leave the road. It struck a hydro pole at high speed. 

The girl was a passenger in the front of the vehicle and suffered serious injuries. She was later pronounced dead. The driver, who is believed to be her father, had only minor injuries. Police have reached out to the community for support in their investigation, asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to please come forward. 

In car accidents where the driver at fault is related to injured or deceased passengers, the legal options available to the family may seem somewhat convoluted. However, British Columbia law would still allow for a wrongful death lawsuit to be brought against the driver, depending on the nature of the family situation. If, for example, the parents are divorced, the child's mother may choose to file against the father in civil court. While inter-family wrongful death suits are not common, they do not fall outside the realm of personal injury law. There are also insurance issues to consider, and a personal injury lawyer can assist to determining the proper way forward.

Source: CBC News, "Child dies after car strikes pole on Vancouver Island", Jan. 23, 2017

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