Impaired driving is a leading cause of deadly car accidents in British Columbia. With the winter holidays ahead of us, many people will be celebrating with friends, colleagues and loved ones, and it’s inevitable for alcoholic beverages to be present at many of these celebrations. Remember one of the most important ways to prevent these accidents is to plan ahead. If you think you may be drinking when you go out, be sure to plan for how you will get home via taxi, ride-sharing, a driving service, public transportation or a friend who has agreed to drive sober. Although you cannot do anything to prevent the behavior of other motorists on the road, you can do your part to prevent a crash.
Unfortunately, crashes can easily be deadly. Consider these statistics provided by ICBC research:
- Lower Mainland: An average of 16 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every year.
- Southern Interior: An average of 23 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every year.
- Vancouver Island: An average of 10 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every year.
- North Central B.C.: An average of 24 people are killed in drunk driving accidents every year.
Many drunk driving accidents occur over the weekend, and at night. But someone may be driving impaired, distracted or carelessly at any time of day or night.
If you have been involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, please call our experienced team of lawyers for a free case evaluation, at 604-730-4120.