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Hit and Run Victim?

By statute, if the negligent actions of an unidentifiable motorist caused a claim, ICBC is responsible for its payment. The hit and run “fund” has a number of statutory protections.  Foremost the victim has to give a written notice to ICBC “as soon as reasonably practicable and in any event within 6 months after the …

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Jaywalking and the Courteous Pedestrian

Jaywalking is the word people use to describe crossing the street mid-block not in a marked crosswalk.  The Motor Vehicle Act says that when a pedestrian is crossing a highway at a point not in a crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield the right of way to a vehicle.  Not surprisingly, drivers still have a duty …

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Taxi Roulette: Will They Take You?

Taxis are a fairly integral part of metropolitan living.  They provide us with rides to and from the airport.  Taxis help us get home safely after a social night out.  They give us a ride when our car has broken down and is in the shop.  For people living in the greater Vancouver area, however, …

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Motorist vs. Cyclist: A Rivalry Debunked

Pepsi vs. Coke. Cats vs. Dogs. Microsoft vs. Apple.   These rivalries have been around for quite some time.  A newer rivalry that seems to have become an issue in recent years is Motorist vs. Cyclist.  This rivalry has its origins in a turf war of sorts, where both modes of transportation feel that they have …

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Changing Lanes Safely

It may be thought that the risks involved in “going with the flow” of traffic, which you are doing when you drive on a laned roadway, are much less than the risks involved in dealing with oncoming traffic, for example, when turning left. Left-turn collisions and other types of head-on collisions of course often result in …

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Cyclist Safety: As Easy As Riding A Bike?

Safely Sharing the Road As the weather warms up and promises of dryer weather abound, more and more people will be dusting the cobwebs off of their 10 speeds and blissfully biking around town.  Some prefer to swap out their car for a bicycle for their summertime commute, especially during Bike to Work Week, while …

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Getting On and Off the Vehicle Merry-Go-Round

Roundabouts: What are they good for? For the majority of us it has been a long time since we have taken our drivers test. This may mean that as we approach a roundabout we are pretty sure we know exactly what to expect. In recent years, four-way stops have been replaced by more and more …

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More Safety and Bigger Profits for Insurers

On 17 February 2019 Consumer Reports published a very useful article about collision avoidance systems now available in new vehicles.  The safety systems, which may vary by name from manufacturer to manufacturer, are listed below. Consumer Reports FCW (forward-collision warning): Visual and/or audible warning intended alert the driver and prevent a collision. AEB (automatic emergency …

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Cause for Alarm

Recently BBC television news featured a brief documentary about the hacking of protective passwords for Pandora and Viper car alarm systems.  It should be said at the outset that the manufacturers of these products say that any shortcomings have now been remedied.  The story, however, is still important in that the digital world we have …

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No More Collisions

According to the European Union’s official website, between 1992 and 2010, the number of fatalities annually on Europe’s roads fell from 70,000 to 31,000; between 2010 and 2013 a further 17%. This means, says the site, that “the EU is on track to achieve its strategic goal of halving road deaths [emphasis added] again by …

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