Car accidents: 2 injured in British Columbia crash

A street in Vancouver is once again open to traffic in the midst of an ongoing police investigation. British Columbia authorities responsible for investigating car accidents were on the scene on the night of Jan. 29 to determine the cause of a multi-vehicle accident. As of this report, it has been confirmed that two people were injured in the crash. 

The accident report is not complete, but Vancouver police say the crash appeared to be caused by a northbound driver crossing the centre line. The resulting collision with another vehicle caused several other cars to be damaged as well. The driver, an unidentified 45-year-old, suffered injuries described as non life-threatening. Her passenger suffered similar injuries, and both were taken to hospital for treatment.

It is unclear at this time whether anyone else was hurt in the crash, but it does not appear that any fatalities resulted from the accident. Police have not yet filed charges against the northbound driver. They have also not commented on what they believe caused the driver to cross the centre line, though they have not ruled out negligence or recklessness as possible causes. 

Even in car accidents where the driver is not charged criminally, British Columbia law still allows the injured parties legal recourse. In this case, the passenger in the vehicle would be entitled to file a personal injury suit against the driver in civil court. It would need to be proved that the driver wilfully crossed the centre line, causing the accident, and therefore making her materially responsible for the resulting injuries.

Source: Global News, "Knight Street reopens after multi-vehicle crash", Amy Judd, Jan. 30, 2017

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