Car accidents have a tremendous impact on the lives of everyoone involved. Property damage and severe personal injury caused by an auto accident can have negative effects that last a lifetime. There are many ways accidents occur, but some of the most frequent causes are high-risk driving behaviours.
According to B.C. police statistics, 43 percent of crashes that result in injury or death are caused by high-risk driving behaviours, accounting for nearly 143 deaths each year. At Stephens & Holman we wish to educate you—and all British Columbians—on the risks of these behaviours to help avoid costly and painful accidents. High-risk driving includes:
- Failing to yield: This is one of the leading causes of auto accidents. Observe all signs and traffic signals in intersections and carefully scan crosswalks and blind spots when turning left.
- Ignoring traffic-control devices: Obey all traffic signals and signs. Always come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights.
- Following too closely: Following a car too closely gives you less room to stop in an emergency and increases risk of rear-end collisions. Leave yourself a distance of at least two seconds to stop in good weather and at least three seconds for larger vehicles or motorcycles.
- Speeding: Speeding slows reaction times and takes longer to stop if you need to brake suddenly. Always allow yourself extra time to reach your destination to avoid speeding while obeying all speed limits.
- Improper passing: Always pass a vehicle safely and legally within the advised speed limit. Never use the right lane to pass another vehicle and always make sure to signal and to use your mirrors so you can see all vehicles around you. Always stop and yield for school buses and drive cautiously around any parked school buses.
Understanding the types of risky driving behaviours can help you stay safe while driving. By knowing what situations in which these behaviours occur, you can be aware and avoid potential accidents.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, contact the law firm of Stephens & Holman before you meet with an ICBC adjuster by calling us at 604-730-4120 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We proudly serve greater Vancouver and all of British Columbia.