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17 Vehicle Crash Closes Hwy #1 near Chilliwak - What Happened & Why?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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It happened on the morning Friday Nov 15/13, on a stretch of Hwy #1 located near Chillwak.

A 17 vehicle pile up.

Prelimary reports indicate that smoke from a campfire near Hwy #1 distracted motorists.

The RCMP say that at least 14 people were hurt. With 6 people being taken to hospital.

So why do multi-vehicle highway crashes like this take place?

And was smoke from a campfire the real culprit here?

Let's dig in.

SPEED is the first factor you need to consider when looking at highway collisions. Driver reaction time and the  ability to avoid a collision are directly linked to the speed at which a vehicle is travelling.

DISTANCE BETWEEN VEHICLES is a second key factor. The greater the distance between vehicles travelling on a highway the more time the motorists involved have to avoid a collision.

FOCUS is a third factor which needs to be examined. Are motorists focused on their driving and on what's happening on the roadway? Or is their attention distracted by things ocurring inside their vehicles or in the area surrounding the highway.

So let me ask you this.

What do you thing?

Was smoke from a campfire the real cause of this accident?

Or is it merely an excuse?

Highway accidents are often caused by a variety of factors ( sometimes a combination of factors).

And often fault for a highway accident is contentious.

If you've been injured in a highway accident don't simply assume that fault will be easily resolved.

Give me a call at 604-255-9018 or fire off an e-mail to [email protected]

I'd be pleased to discuss your highway accident with you.

Jeff Witten




Category: Car Accidents


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