The Most Common Causes for Car Accidents in Vancouver

According to statistics from ICBC, there were 22,257 recorded traffic accidents in Vancouver in 2013. High-risk driving, speeding, and impaired driving were some of the leading causes for the majority of those auto accidents.

With the arrival of the rainy season in the Lower Mainland, it is even more imperative that drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians be more vigilant when out on the road. As the Holiday season quickly approaches, you may have more on your mind as well as you try to fit more into your daily routine. With the rainy season in full swing in the Lower Mainland, take care to avoid the following behaviours that cause car accidents.

Drunk Driving

In 2010 the blood alcohol level for drivers in BC changed to .05% which is lower than the Criminal Code’s threshold of .08%. Thanks to the change, the University of Victoria released research findings that revealed, “[…] an estimated 104 lives were saved after the laws were introduced in September 2010, there was a 23-per-cent reduction in the number of injuries, and property damage was slashed by nearly 20 per cent.”

Despite the improvement, drunk driving accidents can escalate with the Holiday season so be sure to call a cab, take transit, or choose a designated driver.

Distracted Driving

There are many types of distracted driving behaviour. Although cell phone use is the most common form of distracted driving, there are plenty of other behaviours that can take your eyes off the road. Eating, drinking, rubbernecking, or even just adjusting your radio buttons can distract you enough to cause an accident.

To help reduce the risk of distracted driving, check your side and rear-view mirrors consistently, shoulder check for bicyclists, and make contact with pedestrians whenever possible so they know you are looking out for them too.


Increased speed on the road can lead to many accidents as it lessens a driver’s reaction time and the ability to avoid perils on the road. Even avoiding pot holes at high speeds can be more difficult and could lead to a burst tire or worse. As the Vancouver roads get slicker in the Fall and Winter, make sure to slow down when you are on the road.

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