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A Vancouver Car Accident Attorney Shares Four of the Most Common Causes of a Wreck

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Almost 8 million vehicles whiz across the landscape every day; the number of passenger cars has spiked by 60% over two decades. Not surprisingly, this rise in overall traffic has increased the number of traffic fatalities. In fact, according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB), nearly 3,000 people die in car crashes every year.

What are some of the major factors that cause or contribute to crashes? Here are four:


1. Drugged and drunken driving

Due to the work of organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada, most Vancouver drivers know that drinking alcohol and driving can be a lethal mix. We have witnessed a decrease in drunken driving over the past several decades—likely due to the intense educational effort. However, driver pharmaceutical drug use may be on the rise. Even non-narcotic drugs, like certain antidepressants, can impede driving performance and cause crashes.


2. Texting and chatting on the mobile phone

According to statistics compiled over the last decade, 6% of all urban drivers in Canada chat or text on the phone while driving. Undoubtedly, that number has increased, due to the proliferation of cell phone use. Studies suggest that cell phone use of any kind—particularly text messaging—can be dangerous.


3. Failure to use seat belts and other safety features

Seat belts and air bags save lives, according to Stewart, Arora and Dalmotas, who analyzed over a decade's worth of data to evaluate the effectiveness of these safety devices. They concluded that approximately 12,000 Canadians were saved over the course of 11 years because of seat belts and air bags.

Unfortunately, not every driver uses these safety devices!


4. Fatigue

Fatigued drivers can be very dangerous—even more so than those who drive under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a famous Australian study found that sober drivers who stayed up for a full 24 hours performed just as badly as drivers who were under the influence of alcohol.


Putting the Pieces Together -- Figuring Out What Caused Your Accident

A Vancouver car accident attorney at McComb Witten can help you investigate your crash and plan strategic next steps. Download our free report entitled I've Been In A Car Accident, What Should I Do? The Car Accident Victim's Tool Kit, or call our office at 604-255-9018 to schedule your free consultation.