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ICBC Warns of Spike in Pedestrian Crashes for the Winter Season

Along with the Vancouver Police and other provincial leaders, ICBC is sending a reminder that there is a seasonal spike around this time of year in pedestrian accidents. In fact, the number of crashes involving pedestrians almost doubled from November to January compared to June to August. ICBC has created an infographic on pedestrian crashes with some informative statistics:

  • About 20% of people killed in car crashes are pedestrians
  • Every year, there is an average of 2,400 pedestrians injured and 58 pedestrians killed
  • The highest likelihood of these accidents happen from 3-6 pm
  • The day of week that these accidents happen most frequently is Friday

Here are some safety tips on avoiding these accidents for both pedestrians and drivers.

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Look the driver in the eye and establish eye contact
  • Dress in bright colors or wear reflective gear
  • Scan the roads before crossing and cross at designated crosswalks
  • Do not use electronic devices such as a mp3 player or smartphone while crossing a road
  • Stay alert even when you have the right of way
  • Walk facing traffic whenever possible to see oncoming drivers
  • Do not jaywalk
  • Do not run to cross the street
  • Obey road signs

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Stay focused on the road; do not be distracted by electronic devices or loud music
  • Stay alert and yield right of way at every interaction
  • Scan more than once for pedestrians
  • Prepare for stops ahead of time and make sure there is ample space in front of you
  • Obey road signs

For more tips and what people have to say, search for hashtag #sharetheroadbc on Twitter.

With the change in weather, it is easier to feel fatigue and this may be a contributing factor to rushing home. However, it takes effort on everyone’s part, both pedestrians and drivers, to stay cautious and alert to prevent accidents from happening. We at Becker, Lavin & Wessler hope everyone will pitch in so that these unfortunate accidents are eliminated and that everyone gets to enjoy a safe holiday season.

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