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The Two Second Rule

Rear end collisions are one of the major categories of automobile collisions.  They appear to account for around 10% of the total number of collisions in provinces such as Nova Scotia, and up to 30% or more of the total collisions in North America generally.  The higher number almost certainly applies to British Columbia, particularly …

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Decoding Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communication

In Driver’s Education we are taught the ins and outs of vehicle-to-vehicle communication.  We learn that your turn-signals indicate the direction you plan to turn to other vehicles.  We learn that your brake lights come on when you’re slowing down, so that other drivers know to follow suit.  Beyond these simple communications, however, there can …

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Surviving A Left Turn

Every day, all over North America, millions of left turns are executed safely.  Statistically, they are still one of the most dangerous maneuvers and the cause of many accidents.  Left turn accidents can be like head-on collisions involving serious injury to drivers and especially front seat passengers.  Left turn accidents can also involve the most …

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Your Dog Needs A Seatbelt Too

In the event of a collision, anything in a vehicle that is not restrained is likely to fly around, possibly injuring passengers.  This risk of serious injury may be low if the item is a box of Kleenex.  Alternatively, the risk is quite high if the unrestrained item is a dog.  Shockingly, only 16% of …

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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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