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October 26, 2011
Distracted Driving Kills
A few weeks ago, James Buckley wrote about some of the consequences of drinking & driving. But did you know that distracted driving is now the biggest safety concern on the road today? As of January 1, 2010, BC law made it illegal for drivers to use hand-held cell phones and other portable electronic devices,…
October 24, 2011
Cyclist Awareness: Making a Right Turn
Imagine you are riding your bike on the right side of the street. A car beside you on your left is traveling the same direction. You are about to head straight through an intersection when the car suddenly turns right directly into your path. The driver does not signal and you have no warning that…
October 20, 2011
Watch for Cyclists!
In BC Supreme Court case Dobre v. Langley, a cyclist is awarded over $100,000 for a broken thumb suffered when he was hit from the rear by a driver who was not paying attention. With more and more bikes on the streets, cyclist awareness is more important than ever -¬†something particularly true in Vancouver's downtown…
October 17, 2011
Drinking & Driving Part II: Financial Consequences
In my last post, I discussed the loss of life and serious injuries caused bythose who drive while impaired. But are you aware that you could lose your house and face bankruptcy if you injure someone while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Driving while impaired violates a driver's insurance contract with ICBC.…
October 14, 2011
Drinking & Driving: Facts and Statistics
It's stupid. It's dangerous. It's against the law. And yet we continue to hear stories about drinking & driving all the time. A recent article in The Province reported that a Surrey man is facing charges after driving erratically through Chilliwack. When the RCMP officer pulled the man over, he had an open can of…
October 12, 2011
Michael Slater Wins “Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year”
We are very pleased to announce that Michael Slater, a founding partner of Slater Vecchio, has been named "Vancouver Personal Injury Litigation Lawyer of the Year"¬Ě by Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being…
October 7, 2011
Add Concussion Awareness to Your Pre-Game Checklist
In an earlier post, James Richards comments on some of the issues surrounding concussions, kids, and sport. A recent CNN article gives us more on the topic. The article follows two high school athletes seriously injured while participating in their chosen sport. Fourteen-year-old Brittany Noffke is left with a skull fracture, concussion, and brain bruising…
October 4, 2011
Amber Gambler? Not a Smart Bet.
The light turns yellow. Do you stop? Do you proceed with caution? Do you floor it? BC Supreme Court case Ruscheinski v. Biln reminds us that if you can stop safely when the light turns yellow, you must do so. The Plaintiff, Ms. Ruscheinski, approaches a busy intersection. She wants to turn left. She enters…
September 29, 2011
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
Did you know that your odds of being in a car accident in the next year are one in 44? So be prepared and remember some basic points to keep in mind if you are in an accident. Steps to take include: Assess yourself and others for injuries. Call 9-1-1 if anyone is hurt. Exchange…
September 26, 2011
Can You Sue Another Worker for Negligence?
The law says that you can sue for damages if you are injured as a result of another person's negligence. This is a basic right belonging to all British Columbians. But the Workers Compensation Act says that you may not be able to sue another worker for negligence. Section 10 of the Act says that…