With the sun shining, and weather warming up, Canadians will
soon be celebrating the kickoff to summer's long weekend
season. The Victoria Day Long Weekend is just around the corner,
and with it, often comes an unfortunate increase in traffic related
deaths and serious injuries.
A recent Alberta study, using half a
decade's worth of provincial data, found that fatal accidents
jumped by 18 percent on long weekends. While it seems intuitive to
blame the fatalities on impaired drivers and speeders, the study
found quite the opposite: those causes are actually most prevalent
during regular weekends.
On long weekends, however, more drivers are travelling longer
distances in vehicles filled with family and/or friends, and they
may be visiting unfamiliar territory. Distractions are high, as
drivers fiddle with maps, GPS, phones, and other gadgets to find
their way. When these distractions are combined with higher traffic
volume and higher vehicle occupancy, the chances of catastrophic
multi-vehicle crashes are escalated. Figuring out what set off the
chain of events, and who/what is to blame often requires the
expertise of traffic accident reconstruction specialists.
The study also showed that holiday travels are riskier for fatal
accidents because of fatigue and inattentiveness, particularly
when the journeys are longer and more monotonous than drivers are
accustomed to. Tired drivers are more susceptible to
run-off-the-road, right-angle, and left-turn-across-path
collisions. Driving after sunset further heightens that risk.
Miller Thomson LLP's team of personal injury lawyers is
equipped to retain traffic reconstruction specialists, occupational
therapy and vocational consultants, as well as economists, to
calculate the damages flowing from fatal motor vehicle accidents.
One of our experienced litigators will meet with you and your
family, to explain the legal processes and what to expect, on a
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