Collisions

Information regarding collisions.

CASE LAW - R v Berner

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis is the provincial court decision rendered by Judge P.D. Gulbranson finding Carol Ann Berner guilty of all charges arising out of the death of Alexa Middelaer and the serious injuries caused to her aunt, Daphne Middelaer.

CASE LAW - Blackburn v HMQ, RCMP and Leyh

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of Blackburn v HMTQ, RCMP and Leyh occurred at the intersection of Ferry Avenue and Highway 16 West in Prince George. A member of the RCMP was responding to a rollover collision with injuries when he proceeded through a red light at low speed and collided with a car driven by a deaf person who passed by other traffic that was stopped to allow the police vehicle to clear the intersection.

Watch Out For Number Two!

Police VehicleI am guessing that most people see the code 3 operation of an emergency vehicle as something that would be exciting or thrilling. From my own experience I can say that this feeling quickly wears off and a sense of responsibility settles in. The lights and siren provide no protection for you or anyone else on the highways and the speeds involved expose us all to danger.

VIDEO - TACVictoria Video Retrospective

VideoAustralia is known for its hard hitting advertising campaigns aimed at reducing death and injury due to motor vehicle collisions. This video is a retrospective on 20 years of road safety campaigns. It features iconic scenes and images from commercials that have helped change they way we drive, all edited to the moving song Everybody Hurts by REM.

Q&A - Using Small Claims Court for Collision Damages

Q&A ImageTwo years ago an elderly woman ran into me with her personal go-cart. She hit me from behind, at full throttle as I sat on a chair in the back row of an outdoor concert. The force of the collision was enough to drive me and my chair under the chair of the man in front of me.

CASE LAW - Cue v Breitkreuz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case heard before Justice N. Smith examines a collision that occurred when a car driven by Miquel Cue stopped in traffic to make a left turn and was struck from behind by a truck driven by Roy Breitkreuz. Cue told the court that he had been waiting to turn left for approximately 5 seconds when he was struck by Breitkreuz.

Q&A - Blame it on the Weather

Q&A ImageThere's an article in the paper about a motor vehicle that skidded then flipped and landed on its roof in the ditch during a heavy hailstorm. A police spokesperson said the cause of the crash was attributed to the weather and no charges are being contemplated.

CASE LAW - R v Reid

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn the case of R v Reid, Judge Lemiski examines an incident in which Reid was the driver of a motor vehicle that fatally injured a young boy in a parking lot. Reid parked her vehicle, failed to place the gear selector in park, and then mistook the gas for the brake, pinning the boy between her vehicle and a building.

NEWS - Coroner Looks at Motorcycle Fatalities

Motorcycle CrashThe province of BC saw 286 motorcycle-related deaths on our highways between 2000 and 2007. As a result, the BC Coroner's Service convened a Death Review Panel to examine the increasing frequency of serious collisions. The panel has also made recommendations to prevent loss of life in similar circumstances.

RESOURCE - Youth and Road Safety

WHO LogoEvery day just over 1000 people aged 25 or younger are killed in traffic collisions around the world. In fact, it is the leading cause of death for people in the age group containing 15 to 19 year olds, while it is the second most common cause of death in two other groups, those aged 10 - 14 and 20 - 24.

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