HERGOTT LAW - Hit & Run Duties

Hergott Law logoIf you are the victim of a hit & run collision, one of your duties is to make reasonable efforts to identify the driver that hit you. Failing to do this may allow ICBC to refuse your claim. Paul examines Mr. Ghuman's actions after the crash and ICBC's position on what he should have done in the context of the Supreme Court decision.

NEWS - ATV Deaths

ATVThe B.C. Coroner's Service has released statistics on All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) deaths in the province from 2009 to 2018. Impaired driving was involved in half of them.

Patrolling Intersections

Highway IntersectionI've been asked to comment on why intersections are not patrolled as often as highways. The person making that request observed that there is a significant propensity for drivers to run yellow and red lights. It appears to them that intersections pose a much greater and possibly deadlier risk than speeding on a straight stretch of highway.

CASE LAW - Behragam v. Paviglianiti

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a cyclist, Javad Behragam, and a pickup truck driver, Peter Paviglianiti. The two collided in the traffic circle on West 10th Avenue and Birch Street in Vancouver.

RESEARCH - Speeding is Best Predictor of Crash Risk

speed demonThe University of Waterloo has identified speed as the best predictor of crashes after analyzing data from onboard devices in vehicles. The research examined four aggressive driving behaviours, speeding, hard braking, hard acceleration and hard cornering for possible links and the likelihood of crashes. Of the four, only speed was statistically significant as a strong predictor of crashes.

Wet Weather Driving

HydroplaningWelcome to wet road season in British Columbia! Some areas are blessed with this situation more often than others, but drivers need to be aware of the perils of wet highways. The wellbeing of you and other road users depend on it.

Q&A - School Crossing Guards

School Crossing GuardEcole Oceanside Elementary located at Wright road and Hwy 19A, was formerly a middle school that converted to an elementary school in 2014 when there were school closures in Parksville. We have children as young as 4 and 5 years old walking to school with their families and crossing at the intersections at Wright and Hwy 19A, as well as Wright and Wembley rd (a 4 way stop).

HASTe - Active & Safe Routes to School

HASTe is British Columbia’s leading active and safe routes to school programmer and resource centre. We are the Hub for Active School Travel (HASTe) and work with communities and partners across the province to connect kids, schools and communities through walking and cycling.

Q&A - Prospect Lake Elementary School Safety Problem

Q&A ImageProspect Lake Elementary School is located in the 200 block of Prospect Lake Rd. A few years ago another nearby elementary school was shut down and all the students were sent here. The school population doubled.

The Armpit Belt

Seatbelt graphicTwo women once appeared for trial on on of my traffic court dates. Both were disputing a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt under section 220(4) of the Motor Vehicle Act. They each testified that they were wearing their seat belt, but had placed the shoulder belt under their arms.

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