Vancouver Accident Lawyer Reflects on ICBC’s Holiday Driving Warnings
Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
A Vancouver car accident attorney at McComb Witten recently read a provocative report from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) about the dangers of driving over holiday weekends.
The ICBC report argues that the additional traffic created by holiday weekends generates extra risk—more cars on the road means more chances for accidents.
Other studies show that people, on average, "party harder" on holidays. Thus, the percentage of drivers under in the influence of alcohol and drugs also shoots up.
According to the ICBC analysis, on the average long holiday weekend, four people die and 630 people suffer injuries on British Columbia streets and highways.
Adam Grossman, an ICBC spokesperson, offered an additional reason for this phenomenon: “As great it is to drive in nice, dry, sunniest conditions, when the weather is warmer, we tend to drive for longer; and we can actually feel more fatigued behind the wheel, and that could be a pretty dangerous combination.”
Out of the 2,200 crashes that occur, on average, over the typical long holiday, 1,500 occur in the Lower Mainland area.
Mary Polak, Canada’s Transportation Minister, offered solid advice for drivers: when you are going for a long road trip, check the 300+ webcams across British Columbia and plan your route accordingly.
The ICBC warned drivers to keep a two second safety cushion behind other cars and to prepare for slick, icy road conditions, just in case.
If you got hurt in a recent car accident, a Vancouver car wreck attorney at McComb Witten can help you understand your rights and fight for effective compensation. Call us now at 604-255-9018 for a free consultation. You may also wish to download a copy of our free report entitled The Inside Secrets ICBC Doesn't Want You to Know!
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