Collisions

Information regarding collisions.

Is It Safe to Open Your Door?

Open Car DoorImagine the surprise of the motorist at a collision I once investigated. He parked at the side of the road, opened his door, and a passing car tried to tear it off! It's a good thing he didn't step out while he opened the door.

CASE LAW - R v Dhaliwal

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case Mr. Dhaliwal struck a 77 year old pedestrian and then failed to remain and render assistance as required. The pedestrian, Douglas Hull, came to rest under a van and was not discovered for about 25 minutes. He was conscious and alert when found but later died in hospital. The occupants of Mr.

READING - Wildlife Vehicle Collision Reduction Study

Wildlife Crossing Sign"America's highways allow people and products to travel to every corner of our nation. Along the way, these roads cut across the habitat of many native wildlife species. When these paths cross, collisions can occur, and in greater numbers than most people realize. Collisions present a real threat to human safety as well as wildlife survival.

NEWS - Woman Driver Killed by Laptop

Flying LaptopWho would have thought that a laptop could turn out to be a lethal weapon? Likely not Heather Story who was involved in what would otherwise have been a survivable crash in Surrey. According to the coroner, her death was likely caused by the laptop she had on the back seat striking the back of her head during the collision.

READING - A Guide for Addressing Collisions Involving Motorcycles

NCHRP LogoGoal 11 in the AASHTO Strategic Highway Safety Plan is to improve motorcycle safety and increase motorcycle awareness; that is, the awareness by highway agencies of the unique characteristics of motorcycles and their needs on the roadway.

I Have to Report a Collision, Don't I?

intersection crashIt's common knowledge that you must report a collision to police if there is death, injury, aggregate damage over $1,000 for motor vehicles, $800 for motorcycles and $100 for cycles. Until the law changes in British Columbia, effective this past July 1, this is no longer the case.

What to do After a Crash

Collision PhotoFortunately for us all, the majority of collisions in British Columbia don't involve injury or death. Rather they leave us feeling foolish and facing a significant dollar amount of property damage. How do you protect yourself in the event of a collision like this, especially since the police may not attend property damage or minor injury crashes?

Drop in Fatal Collisions

Fatal Collision GraphA recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that the declining death rate in vehicle crashes since 1994 is due to the protection provided by improvements in automotive design. It is not due to enforcement, changes in highway design standards or increased driver competence. It comments on our increasingly hazardous traffic environment and cautions against the increased travel speeds favoured by today's drivers.

Eyewitness!

Intersection CrashI was driving through Nanaimo on a day off and approching an intersection showing me a green light. Just as I entered, I heard a loud crash and glanced to my left. One vehicle had attempted a turn across the highway and had gotten into the way of oncoming traffic. I glanced into my rearview mirror and watched the car cross over the highway behind me and stop in the ditch.

Wildlife Collisions

Deer Crossing Sign2002 collision statistics for British Columbia report 395 human injury and 5 human fatal collisions resulting from animal strikes on our highways. Over 8,000 collisions occur every year and ICBC pays out more than $20 million for the resulting insurance claims. The Ministry of Transportation pays out more than $600,000 in clean up costs.

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