Collisions

Information regarding collisions.

VIEWPOINT - Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics

SoapboxI was just reading the account of the head on that happened on Shannon Lake Road. I certainly have sympathy for the people involved, but I noticed that one person received a charge of "Speeding Relative to Conditions."

CASE LAW - Cairney v Miller

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is a case involving a pedestrian (Brian Cairney) and a driver (Kimberly Miller) who met in a crosswalk at the intersection of Vernon and Hall Streets in Nelson, B.C. It was evening and Mr. Cairney saw the vehicle driven by Ms. Miller slow down, so he assumed that she had seen him and was slowing to allow him to cross. Ms.

CASE LAW - Haughian v Jiwa

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case, Kathleen Haughian was proceeding eastbound on Sunset Street east of Smith Avenue in Burnaby, B.C.  Sunset Street in this location consists of two lanes in each direction with angle parking on both sides. The angle parking is toward traffic on the north side and away from traffic on the south side.

VIDEO - 120 MPH Crash Test

VideoJoin the folks at Fifth Gear as they crash a Ford Focus into a barrier at 120 mph or 193 km/h. After you take a look at the result, remember that a two vehicle head on crash at freeway speeds here in BC is somewhat the same. Two vehicles coming together at 100 KM/H each is the energy equivalent of this car striking the barrier at 200 km/h. Regardless of the circumstances, you don't want this to happen to you.

CASE LAW - Deol v Veach

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case Mr. Deol was riding his bicycle on a sidewalk in a direction opposing traffic on the highway adjacent to him. Mr. Veach was attempting a right turn onto the highway from a parking lot. Both stopped, Mr. Deol on the sidewalk at the parking lot access and Mr. Veach prior to crossing the sidewalk. Both proceeded at the same time and collided.

CASE LAW - Wong-Lai v Ong

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMrs. Wong-Lai and her husband were crossing Prior Street between Gore and Dunlevy in Vancouver to return to their car. They were struck by a car driven by Mr. Ong. The older couple were not able to cross the street quickly, had chosen to cross where there was not a crosswalk on a wide, busy street at night in a heavy rain.

CASE LAW - McNeal v Superintendent of Motor Vehicles

BC Courts Coat of ArmsGary McNeal crashed his vehicle and left the scene. Police tracked him down during their investigation, demanded breath samples and received readings above the legal limit. McNeal applied for judicial review of the adjudicator's decision that he was in fact the driver of the crashed vehicle.

The Good Samaritan

Crash HelperVirtually every crash scene that I attended during my policing career featured at least one good samaritan. These were people who stopped to help another in a time of need, often at some risk to themselves. This kind of selflessness is encouraged with protection granted by law in British Columbia.

VIDEO - Which Side of the Car do You Exit on?

VideoThis Dutch Hyundai Velostar advertising video (subtitled in English) could really make you think about which side of the vehicle you exit on. In this case, the Hyundai concept is that you cannot exit on the driver's side because there is no rear passenger door there, forcing passengers to exit on the safe side.

CASE LAW - Walter v Plummer

BC Courts Coat of ArmsLeslie Plummer was riding her motorcycle on Rutland Road in the vicinity of an intersection near two schools in Kelowna, B.C. Shaun Walter was walking diagonally across Rutland Road passing the front of a large truck which obscured him from Ms. Plummer's sight. Without looking, Mr. Walter walked into the path of Ms. Plummer's motorcycle and was struck. Both were seriously injured in the mishap.

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