Q&A - Driver Suspensions for Causing a Collision
Q: I would like some information regarding laws in Vancouver or other provinces in Canada that require a temporary suspension of one's license if they are involved in a motor vehicle accident where there is a fatality or serious injury.
My brother was killed in a motor vehicle accident. He was driving a motorcycle when a minivan drove into oncoming traffic to make a left hand turn. No charges were laid, and there was no fine, suspension, or any type of 'slap on the hand'. I would think that at the very least, a temporary suspension of one's license should occur as the survivor is inevitably in shock &/or traumatized by the accident. I consider it a "time out", which is necessary for the survivor's own mental health, and to keep a traumatized driver off of the roads temporarily. I also see it as some sort of repercussion for their actions that resulted in a death or critical injury of another citizen.
I am also curious whether there are any legal obligations to retake one's license or be required to take a defensive driver course following an accident where the other party was killed or seriously injured?