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November 15, 2011
Buckle Up!
Do you always ensure that your passengers are wearing a seat belt? If not, you may be at fault for your passenger's injuries in the case of an accident. Vehicle occupants owe a duty of care to put on their own seat belts. But in some situations, the responsibility falls on the driver - as is…
November 9, 2011
Cold Weather Car Care
Having grown up in Saskatchewan, I can say that snow tires, block heaters, and antifreeze are common household items for motorists across the province. Now in Vancouver, I'm fortunate to escape the harsh winters that afflict much of the country. But when the cold snaps do hit, it seems West Coasters are often ill-prepared for…
November 4, 2011
Running a Yellow Light Won’t Get You Ahead
J.A.'s recent post reminds us that when a light turns yellow, you must stop so long as it's safe to do so. BC Supreme Court case Henry v. Bennett gives us another example of why not to run a yellow light. In this case, Ms. Bennett is stopped patiently in a left turn lane waiting…
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" 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…