In Canada, there are roughly 2,000 fatalities each year from road traffic crashes. In fact, road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in young people between 5 and 29 years old. However, you can take the right steps to help prevent injury and death.
The common factors leading to fatalities and serious injuries are impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt, and unsafe road infrastructure.
1. Impaired Driving
Driving impaired means driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both. It is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada, taking on average 4 lives per day. Driving impaired causes blurred or double vision, impaired attention, and slowed reflexes. It’s a serious crime, and can affect your life, and lives of others forever.
2. Distracted Driving
Distracted driving could mean anything from talking on the cell phone, to eating, to programming your GPS. Anything that takes your attention off the road is dangerous. In order to be a defensive driver, you must be awake and alert at all times. To avoid the dangers that may arise while driving when distracted, put your phone away to prevent using your cell phone, set up what you’ll need for the ride beforehand, and if you need to engage in something other than driving pull over.
3000 Canadians are injured in accidents every year where speed was a major factor. The average speed limit on highways in Atlantic Canada is 100km/h, and for urban streets it is 50km/h. These limits are a maximum, and anything exceeding these numbers are illegal. Speeding is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous. With faster speeds, you have less reaction time, and less time to slow down. Watch your speed limits, and be patient.
4. Not Wearing a Seatbelt
If you are wearing a seatbelt that is properly adjusted, and securely fastened, you are more likely to survive a crash. Treat seatbelts as you would a helmet because it may someday save your life.
5. Unsafe Road Infrastructure
Roads should be made for all traffic – motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. By taking safer roads, minding crosswalks, and dangerous turns, you can reduce the chances of getting into an accident.
Cantini Law has over 30 years of experience advocating for clients who have suffered injuries following a motor vehicle accident. With 5 locations serving NS, NB, and PEI, contact Cantini for a free consultation at 1-844-CANTINI (226-8464).