Speed Is a Leading Cause of Death in B.C. Be Safe and Slow Down.
As personal injury attorneys, we work with accident victims every day whose lives have been shattered by a car, truck, or motorcycle crash. Serious accident-related injuries often cause permanent disability or, in the worst case, death. Many of these accidents are due to excessive speed—a leading cause of death in B.C.
Speeding increases the likelihood of a crash as well as the risk of serious injuries and fatalities. Take the tragic example of an accident that occurred in Langley on January 9, 2014, when a motorcyclist lost his life in a speed-related crash.
- A dirt bike was seen traveling northbound on 232 Street at a high rate of speed.The driver of the bike was passing vehicles on the right shoulder.A truck traveling east on 72nd stopped and then proceeded from the stop sign when it was struck by the dirt bike.The bike hit the passenger side of the truck where the cab meets the bed.The two occupants of the truck were not injured, but the biker died in the crash.
Statistics published by the British Columbia Ministry of Justice further illustrate the dangers of excessive speed:
- A pedestrian hit by a car going 30 kilometres per hour has a 90 percent chance of SURVIVAL.
- A pedestrian hit by a car going 50 kilometres per hour has an 80 percent chance of DYING.
As the Ministry of Justice points out, speeding is an easy behavior to control. Just. Slow. Down. If you found this article interesting, follow us on Twitter to receive our helpful updates.
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