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Even if you’re not seriously injured, an auto accident can be a traumatic event

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The most common driver errors leading to auto and truck accidents are:

Rear-ending the car in front of you

Rear-end collisions delay traffic, take up lots of emergency services’ time and resources, cause expensive property damage – far beyond what might be expected – and, worst of all, cause pain and suffering to the injured, who often require extensive and expensive treatments for neck and back injuries.

In more than 60% of cases, we see how one driver drivers into the rear of another vehicle. What is causing the rear-end collisions? Drivers inexperience, congestion on the roads or there is something else? The fact is we see how far things are different.

Human factors studies have also shown that drivers generally are not able to detect when the car in front of them is going slower than they are unless the difference in speed is at least eight to ten miles an hour.

Not yielding the right of way

When making a left turn at an intersection, a driver has to be alert, patient, and courteous. The driver must signal the turn. The challenge is to watch ahead for oncoming motor vehicle traffic and cyclists going straight through the intersection, oncoming vehicles and cyclists turning right into the same road you intend to enter, and oncoming pedestrians in the crosswalk you intend to cross. Learn what are the hazards of turning left by reading a blog.

Even though turning right is less difficult than turning left, a driver has to know the steps how to make a turn as traffic gets busier.

Impaired driving

Impaired driving is the term used in Canada to describe the criminal offense of operating, having care or the control of a motor vehicle while the person’s ability to operate the motor vehicle is impaired by alcohol or a drug.

On April 13, 2017, the Government, therefore, introduced Bill C-46 to amend the Criminal Code. Bill C-46 would strengthen existing drug-impaired driving laws and create an impaired driving regime that would be amongst the strongest in the world.

According to the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) survey, 69% of Canadians believe that driving high is dangerous. However, in October of 2018, cannabis became legal. There is a new challenge – messaging about the effects of cannabis on driving ability. The set of laws came into force nationally. There is an opinion that allowed access to cannabis will protect public health and safety. The new rules created the new offenses (now prohibited concentration of drugs in the blood varies by drug type) and set new penalties for drug-impaired driving.

Moreover, the legalization of cannabis caused changes in the Criminal Code of Canada. New ways of checking for drug-impaired driving came into force. What else can be considered as impaired driving? There is an interesting situation happened in California, where the driver was charged with driving under the influence of a drug. However, it wasn’t a real drug, just the caffeine results came positive.

Distracted Driving

One of the most distracting activities is using a cell phone even hands-free. How to know if a particular action is considered as cell phone use while you are driving? Based on the article posted 3 years ago, distracted driving is a leading factor in fatal collisions in Canada.

The law in BC says a person must not use – as technically defined – an electronic device while driving or operating a motor vehicle on a highway —with some exceptions. ‘Use’ is defined as including holding the device in a position in which it may be used, and operating one or more of the device’s functions. This definition has meant that drivers caught merely holding their phones in their lap, or between their legs, or in their hand have been ticketed. Even just holding the phone while plugging it in for re-charging or just holding it ‘out of habit’ may lead to trouble under the legislation.

Improper lane changes

For example, on a highway, unsafe lane changes cause multi-car accidents. Drivers can be obligated to change to the ‘slow line’ (move to the right). The key to successfully change the line is good timing.

Driving too fast

Do you think that speed is one of the reasons why car accidents happen? You might say ‘yes’, however, a study from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed another aspect of this problem. We discussed this topic 8 years ago by providing some facts and quoting the study.

Having that said, in 2014 the government of BC raised speed limits on certain highways. Last November our blog “Road Rules” posted an article considering those changes and what were the results.

Running off the road

It is a run-off-road collision that occurs when a vehicle leaves the roadway. Head-on collisions fall under the same category as run-off-road collisions. What is the reason for the head-on crashes and how to avoid them?