CASE LAW - Vance v Cartwright

BC Courts Coat of ArmsWilliam Vance was riding an unlicenced, uninsured off road motorcycle southbound on 198 Street in Langley, B.C. He was not wearing a helmet and was exceeding the speed limit. Cristine Cartwright was eastbound on 21 Avenue and had stopped at the stop sign before entering 198 Street intending to turn northbound. Vision was limited for drivers on 21 avenue looking northbound by roadside vegetation.

Ms. Cartwright moved ahead from the stop line in order to see better, saw Vance approaching and stopped again. Vance sought to avoid a collision by swerving to his right onto 21 Avenue, but because Cartwright had stopped, he collided with the rear of her vehicle.

Mr. Justice A. Saunders found Vance 100% at fault for the collision.