One of the greatest traditions in Canada is the long holiday weekend, especially during summer. We get in our vehicles and head to beaches, cottages, and campsites for a few days of relaxation. Sadly, these outings often coincide with tragedy. Traffic accidents rise during times of increased traffic and distracted driving. Road conditions, poor visibility, and weather conditions are also factors.
Canadian Holiday Statistics
Although deaths involving impaired drivers have fallen, MADD Canada approximates there are still 1300 to 1600 driving-impaired crashes resulting in fatalities each year. On average, about four people die daily.
“Safe driving” is a common theme in our society. We’re reminded to “slow down,” “buckle up,” and “don’t drink and drive.” The government aggressively promotes safety on the roads through police blitzes and R.I.D.E programs. Cars have more safety features, including airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability controls.
According to Statistics Canada, the number of traffic deaths in the country dropped about 52 percent between 1979 and 2004. However, drivers continue to drive unsafely and break the law. In the last decade, cumulative traffic offenses have been higher on weekends, when people are more likely to be drinking and distracted.
Avoid the following Behaviours:
• Fatigue (being overtired, sleepy)
• Distractions (eating, changing the car music)
• Cell phones
• Drug use
• Not paying attention
Accidents are always unexpected. Should you be involved in one, look for a personal injury lawyer. We understand the intricacies in the process of filing insurance claims; call Michelle Linka Law Professional Corporation at (416) 477-7288 or reach us through our online form.