Car accidents happen for many different reasons. Another driver could be fully at fault or you could be partially responsible for an automobile accident. Whoever is at fault, a dangerous accident is never something anyone wants to deal with. Between handling painful injuries and discussing protocol with a car accident lawyer, there are often a lot of steps to take after an accident.
5 Causes of Car Accidents in B.C.
Why do car accidents happen in British Columbia?
1. Inevitable Situations
The phrase “inevitable accident” is often used as a defence to deny paying out a claim for compensation. You may have heard stories about ICBC saying an auto accident was inevitable and therefore the claim is denied. Examples of inevitable situations are inclement weather, icy roads, wet roads, snowy roads, or when a driver loses consciousness behind the wheel. If your compensation claim is classified as an inevitable accident, we urge you to call our lawyers.
2. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving is not just a problem in British Columbia–it is a problem all over the world. It only takes a few moments of glancing at your phone or typing out a message to dangerously distract you from the road. Try to remove distractions before you begin driving. Turn off your cell phone or connect it to your vehicle’s Bluetooth so you don’t have to reach for it. Pull over if you do need to use your phone or grab something out-of-reach. Distracted driving is the cause of many car accidents and most of these distractions can be avoided.
3. Risky Behavior
Failing to drive carefully and responsibly can easily lead to a crash. Some of the most common, high-risk behaviors are failing to yield the right-of-way, following too closely, ignoring traffic signals, and passing in an unsafe manner. When you fail to follow the rules of the road, you are behaving in a risky manner that could lead to unfortunate consequences. Paying attention to road signs and understanding traffic rules can prevent accidents.
4. Drunk or Drugged Driving
According to the ICBC, about 68 people pass away each year in B.C. due to an accident caused by drugs, alcohol, or medication. This is a terrifying reality many families face. No one wants to receive a call that a loved one has been involved in a devastating car accident. Stay safe and make smart choices before getting into a car. Call a friend or rideshare for help when under the influence of a substance.
Driving too fast means it will take longer to stop. You have less time to react and your car can easily hydroplane in rain and lose traction in snow. It’s easy to lose track of your speed when listening to the radio or talking to the person in the passenger seat. However, when you stop focusing on the speed limit, you may have a hard time stopping your vehicle when you need to. Prioritize giving yourself enough time to get to your destination so you don’t feel tempted to speed. Doing so can help you avoid an accident.