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Pedestrian Risk from Car Accidents to Increase

Days are becoming shorter in Metro Vancouver, which means that winter is just around the corner and pedestrians need to lookout for motor vehicles to avoid personal injuries.

As the winter season approaches, officials recently launched an awareness campaign in Metro Vancouver to advocate for pedestrian safety, according to this news story.

The campaign is being conducted by ICBC in coordination with the provincial B.C. government, local RCMP and the Vancouver Police Department.

The winter season is the most dangerous for pedestrians, as it is the time of year they are most likely to become injured from a car accident. According to statistics, each year on average, 59 pedestrians are killed and over 2,300 injured in crashes with motor vehicles. Strikingly, almost half of pedestrian fatalities—approximately 46%—occur in the four months between October and January.

Additionally, about one in five people killed in motor-vehicle accidents are pedestrians.

Police encourage pedestrians during the fall and winter months to walk on city sidewalks with extra caution, attempt eye contact with drivers and at night wear bright or reflective clothing when possible.

In high-volume areas, especially near intersections where roughly 70% of all car accidents with pedestrians happen, be extra conscious of street signs and crosswalk signals.

Nevertheless, these injury statistics paint a grim picture for pedestrian safety, since people walking down a street are particularly vulnerable to personal injury when a car strikes them. Injuries can drastically alter your life in a disastrous way, and all too often ICBC’s best interest is to find fault on the pedestrian and minimize life-saving compensation as much as possible.

If you are injured as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle, you’ll want trusted legal advice you can count on to protect your well-being. Contact BLW Lawyers today—we are experienced and well-trained in personal-injury insurance law involving accidents with motor vehicles. Call us at 604-689- 3883 or email us at info@BLWlawyers.com or more information.

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