Collisions

Information regarding collisions.

Wrong Way on Divided Highways

Do Not Enter SignIt is fortunate that this type of collision is relatively rare because the consequences are severe. I am speaking of driving the wrong way on a divided highway or freeway. We received about one complaint a month when I was working on Central Island Traffic Services in Parksville.

CASE LAW - Kelly v Yuen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case, Ms. Kelly was attempting a left turn at an intersection on a multiple lane highway. Mr. Yuen was oncoming and had briefly stopped in the lane two away from the curb, the curb lane being a restricted lane for bus and cycle use only at the time. Mr. Yuen decided to use the restricted lane, proceeded and struck Ms. Kelly during her turn.

CASE LAW - R. v Weighill

BC Courts Coat of ArmsA motorcycle rider decides to try and beat the yellow light and pulls out to pass other traffic that is stopping for the yellow reaching an estimated speed of 130 to 140 km/h in the posted 90 km/h zone. The driver of an oncoming car, observing traffic stopping, begins to turn left.

VIDEOS - Staged Collisions for Insurance Fraud

NICB LogoIntentional collisions staged to commit insurance fraud cost us all. The US National Insurance Crime Bureau web site contains video examples of staged collisions to help you avoid being injured or victimized by criminals.

CASE LAW - Nonis v Granata

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case determines liability following a collision that took place between vehicles driven by Claudio Nonis and Stefano Granata at the intersection of Hastings Street and Madison Avenue in Vancouver, B.C.

Mr. Granata was traveling on Hastings Street approaching Madison Avenue and facing a flashing green traffic signal.

CASE LAW - Rothenbusch v Van Boeyen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMany drivers would never consider that they might have a duty to yield to a vehicle at a stop sign and let them enter the highway. This case involves assigning liability after a collision that took place at a "T" intersection.

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. Berner was driving the car that struck the two while they were feeding horses at the side of 64 Street in Delta, B.C.

CASE LAW - Blackburn v HMQ, RCMP and Leyh

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case assigns liability for an intersection collision. 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.

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