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Study uncovers top causes of fatal crashes in B.C.

Motor vehicles play an important role in the lives of many in British Columbia. While there is no question that they make it easier to get from one place to another, they can be dangerous. Each day people are hurt due to the negligence of other drivers. Sometimes those injuries are so severe that they lead to death.

While the negligent acts drivers engage in can take multiple forms and no two accidents are the same, there are certain activities that more commonly lead to crashes, than others. A top health officer in B.C. recently issued a report that focuses on the public health issue of road safety. As a part of Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Reducing the Impact of Motor Vehicles Crashes on Health and Well-being in B.C., he looked at fatal accidents that happened in the province between 2008 and 2012.

Several things were revealed in his analysis including the top contributing factors for fatal crashes. These include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Impaired driving
  • Speed

Where distracted driving is concerned, gender appears to be relevant. Men are more likely to lose their life than women in such crashes. This is also the case where speed-related accidents are concerned. As compared to women, men between the ages of 16 and 45 are more likely to be killed.

There was some good news found in the report. As compared to the Canadian average, in 2012, the rate for serious injuries in B.C. was lower. At the same time, the province’s rate for vehicle fatalities was a little better than the nation’s average.

When injuries are serious or fatal, there are many matters that need to be addressed. In cases where a legal claim is one of those matters, it can be difficult to know where to start. When the person who is injured does not actually reside in B.C.—or even Canada— matters can be even more complicated. Working with a law firm that represents individuals in both Canada and across the border, can make the process easier.

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