How will car accidents on Canada Day 2017 compare with averages?

In the aftermath of Canada Day 2017, there are sure to be British Columbia families who were left traumatized by loved ones suffering injuries or worse in car crashes during the day of celebrations. Statistics apparently show that, on average, one person dies and 180 people suffer injuries in car accidents on Canada Day every year. It is too soon for numbers related to this year to be available.

Before the start of the 150th anniversary of Canada's existence, authorities urged British Columbia drivers not to start the summer by drinking and driving. Another statistic shows that an average of 66 crash fatalities occur due to impaired driving in the province every year -- almost half of which occur in the summer. Police and the ICBC asked people to arrange designated drivers, call taxis or take transit to get home after drinking.

Those planning to host parties were also asked to do so responsibly and encourage guests not to drive after consuming alcohol. Law enforcement increased activities on the roads throughout the province during this weekend of celebrations. The numbers of tragic deaths and severe injuries will likely start appearing in media reports soon, and in the meantime, victims are already suffering the consequences.

Victims of car accidents in British Columbia retain the right to pursue claims for financial relief by filing personal injury lawsuits against those parties whose negligence caused or contributed to their injuries. Similarly, families who have lost loved ones in crashes may file wrongful death claims to seek recovery of financial and emotional damages. All this can be done with the experienced guidance of a personal injury lawyer.

Source: voiceonline.com, "On Canada Day, 180 people are injured and one person is killed in 640 crashes every year in B.C.", Rattan Mall, June 29, 2017

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