Distracted-Driving Deaths Increase Despite New Laws

Statistics show that personal injuries and deaths from car accidents involving distracted driving have jumped in B.C. despite recent increases to both fines for the offence and revenue collected from those fines, as reported by a CTV news story.

Money collected from fines for distracted driving has increased from $3 million in 2010 to $8.2 million in 2015 and a projected $10 million in 2016. Additionally, fines for distracted driving more than doubled last summer from $167 to $368.

However, since distracted-driving laws first came into effect in B.C. in 2010, although the number of fatalities from distracted driving originally decreased to 79 per year, it has since increased again to 88 per year.

Plus, since the fines were hiked recently, paramedics have responded to more than 13,000 accidents involving motor vehicles in the province, an increase from the same time period last year.

Some experts believe that with technology and modernization in society, a lacklustre transit-infrastructure system can’t compete with the demand to constantly be checking emails, for example, on smart devices.

With the risk of distracted driving seemingly not going away despite increased efforts by government and police to tackle the problem, the safety of other drivers continues to be in jeopardy. Personal injuries form car accidents are a serious concern and have the potential to completely derail your life, your career and your family.

If you are ever the victim of a car accident from a distracted driver and are injured, you’ll want an experienced personal-injury attorney to help you fight for your right to be protected. Call us at 604-689-3883 or email us at for more information.

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