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Many support raising rates for drivers who cause car accidents

Car insurance premiums often increase after a person is involved in a collision, particularly if they are at fault. In British Columbia, a recent ICBC survey found that a substantial number of residents support increasing the rates even further on bad drivers. Most respondents to a recent public inquiry felt that increasing rates on those with previous at-fault car accidents or driving-related charges was a reasonable solution to address ICBC's current financial difficulties. The survey was taken by over 34,000 British Columbia residents, each of whom spent an average of 20 minutes carefully answering ICBC's questions. The province's Attorney General told reporters that the government did not expect this volume of responses. He hopes the survey will help guide the government in making the best possible [...]

2018-08-27T06:24:51+00:00April 24th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Will automated cars decrease or increase risk of car accidents?

There are many laws directed at drivers designed to keep our roads safe. But what regulations may be needed in British Columbia to avoid car accidents involving automated cars? Recent headlines about collisions involving AI-powered vehicles have raised many important questions across Canada and the world. Experts say that automated cars could introduce new risks. Most automated cars still require someone in the driver's seat as backup, but these individuals may not pay full attention after learning to trust the car's automation technology. This is what caused the recent crash with one recent Uber car stateside that has many in British Columbia and throughout the country wondering about the safety of this new technology. One of the concerns safety advocates have is that [...]

2018-08-27T06:24:02+00:00April 18th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Enhanced driver test for seniors hopes to reduce car accidents

Certain medical issues like vision problems and dementia can make it difficult for some people to continue driving as they age. British Columbia recently released a new system to test drivers for their abilities behind the wheel. The new test, released by ICBC in collaboration with RoadSafetyBC, is designed to help elderly people maintain their independence if possible but to also recognize when medical issues put them at risk for car accidents. One of the biggest changes is the removal of a computerized system. Some seniors groups believed these were unfair to aging drivers. Seniors groups and an expert from GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver were also involved in the roll out of the new, more robust system. The new framework for [...]

2018-08-27T06:23:12+00:00April 9th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Rear-facing car seats can protect children from personal injury

Parents often take steps to secure their children's safety on the road. Picking the right car seat and installing it properly is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect his or her child from personal injury on British Columbia roads. One of the more controversial points of child car safety is the direction car seats should face and whether rear-facing car seats protect children more. Recently, research has been conducted in order to resolve this question. Some previous studies have confirmed that rear-facing car seats can reduce personal injury for infants and toddlers in the case of crashes. However, these studies all involved front and side impact crashes. The most recent study sought to understand the impact of rear-end crashes [...]

2018-08-27T06:22:29+00:00April 4th, 2018|personal injury|0 Comments

Man hopes his story we help prevent car accidents from speeding

People can have many different reactions to a traumatic life event such as a serious car accident. One man has chosen to use his tragedy to teach young people in British Columbia about the dangers of speeding. He hopes his efforts will help others avoid car accidents like the one that killed three of his friends and severely injured him. The accident story he shares with young people occurred in 1994. The man, who is now in his early 40s, was only 18 years old at the time. He and three friends were speeding when the driver lost control of the car, flipping the vehicle and hitting a telephone pole. This caused the car to burst into flames, killing three of the teenagers and burning 75 [...]

2018-08-27T06:21:33+00:00March 27th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Distracted driving simulator aims to prevent future car accidents

Despite the dangers of texting and driving, many people across Canada continue to do it. As a way of educating people about the dangers of this activity, the ICBC is bringing a distracted driving simulator to British Columbia schools. This interactive educational tool is designed to help children understand how multitasking and distractions can lead to car accidents. The simulator is not just designed to curb texting and driving, but also includes other distractions like listening to a conversation. The machine shows how texting among other distractions make it difficult to do everyday car maneuvers, such as turning a corner or spotting hazards. Along with the simulator, ICBC is sharing tips with drivers of all ages on how to remove distractions, including turning off cell phones [...]

2018-08-27T06:20:53+00:00March 21st, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Injuries from car accidents can have serious long-term impacts

The injuries suffered in a serious accident can have ramifications on every aspect of a person's life. From daily tasks to careers to passions, the impact of car accidents can make it difficult to resume any activity. In British Columbia, a singer songwriter has returned to music after a serious collision left her unable to play the guitar. The singer-songwriter was on her way from her home of Vancouver to a show in Kelowna when her accident occurred. Her car drifted from the road and flipped, ejecting her from the seat. The seat belt wrapped around her neck and broke it, leaving her paralyzed with a 10 percent change of walking again. The recovery for the musician was slow, with 12 weeks of intensive physiotherapy. [...]

2018-08-27T06:20:09+00:00March 14th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Pilot program hopes to reduce distracted driving car accidents

Distracted driving is a serious road safety issue across Canada. In British Columbia, lawmakers are trying various tactics to reduce the rate of car accidents due to distracted driving. As of March 2018, tougher penalties and new technologies will be used as part of the province's enforcement and awareness campaign addressing dangerous driving behaviour. Along with the enhanced penalties this month, more police will be present on British Columbia streets to catch distracted drivers as early as possible. Currently, distracted driving leads to an average of 78 fatal car accidents in the province each year. Use of a mobile device, such as texting while behind the wheel, is the most common distraction. The program is called the Driver Risk Premium (DRP) program and has [...]

2018-08-27T06:19:22+00:00March 6th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Snowy weather can mean car accidents for B.C. residents

Weather can have a big impact on road safety, especially if it is extreme or unexpected. As of Feb. 22 in British Columbia, residents were being advised on a snowfall set to hit the Metro Vancouver area in the last week of February. As crews work to clean up the large snowfall from the week priors, drivers are reminded to be cautious behind the wheel in order to avoid weather-related car accidents. When snow accumulates rapidly, as is the case in Vancouver this February, travel can become difficult. Environment Canada warns that the winter weather can bring difficulty navigating surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways, and parking lots. According to reports on Feb. 22, a freezing drizzle was forecast for the following week. Since the [...]

2018-08-27T06:18:28+00:00February 25th, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments

Study finds increase in car accidents on 4/20

Impaired driving concerns have been making headlines recently as Canada moves toward a nationwide legalization of marijuana. A recent University of British Columbia study indicated that drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents on April 20. This date, known as 4/20, is celebrated by some by consuming cannabis. The study suggests that drug use on this date may strongly increase the risk of a fatal crash. The University of British Columbia study, based on an analysis of data from U.S.  crashes, found the following a 12 per cent increase in the risk of a fatal crash on April 20 when compared with control days. Drivers under 21 years of age were 38 per cent more likely to be in fatal [...]

2018-08-27T06:14:07+00:00February 21st, 2018|car accidents|0 Comments