Nearly everyone drives at some point in their life. People generally know the basics of driving laws: follow the speed limit, don’t tailgate, and so on, but there are a few areas where people may not know the law. Unfortunately, this can lead to people making uninformed decisions that endanger themselves and others, and could potentially result in an auto accident. If you’ve been injured because of a reckless driver, a Vancouver car accident lawyer from Wishart Brain & Spine Law can help you.
Vancouver Traffic Laws You May Not Be Aware Of
The Vancouver Police Department has an FAQ page regarding traffic laws. While you may have heard these questions or even had them yourself, you may not know the definitive answer.
- Speed Limit. People have a tendency to follow whatever traffic is doing without knowing the actual speed limit. In British Columbia, the speed limit for municipalities is 50 km/h unless another speed limit is given. You can be sure you’re obeying the law when there doesn’t seem to be a sign indicating the speed limit.
- Window Tints. The front windshield has tint restrictions: any more than 75 mm below the top of the window isn’t allowed. The rear windshield may be tinted, but the vehicle needs to have mirrors on the outside of the driver and passenger sides. The side windows nearest the front of the car cannot be tinted, and the back side windows may be tinted.
- Electronic Use at Traffic Signals. Distracted driving is a dangerous decision that can often lead to car accident and injuries. But what about when your car is stopped and you’re not worrying about other vehicles? When you’re in traffic or stopped at a traffic light, it’s still illegal to use an electronic device to talk, text, email, use social media, etc. You’re still considered to be operating a motor vehicle and need to pay attention to your surroundings. There are varying degrees of offenses. The first offense is $368 and four points, which will total $543. The second offense within 12 months is $368 and eight points, which is $888. Continued offenses will increase in penalties. Repeat offenders can pay fines as high as $24,000.
- Traffic Circle Right of Way. Roundabouts are a great tool to keep traffic moving consistently. Some people may not know who has the right of way when entering the traffic circle. This uncertainty could possibly lead to auto accidents. For a traffic circle, the person entering must yield to the traffic coming from the left of the roundabout. They may enter once the lane is clear.
- Leaving Your Car While It’s On. It is illegal to leave your car when it is running. You also can not leave the keys in the ignition and exit the vehicle. Parking lots or other public access areas are included in this law.
Knowing these laws will make you a safer driver and can potentially reduce the chances of an accident happening.
General Fines and Nuisance Laws
There are also a few laws you should know about that regard cars and nuisances. This knowledge could prevent you from having to pay a fine later.
- Insurance. Drivers need to have insurance. It’s mandatory for drivers in British Columbia to have the ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) Basic Autoplan so they’re protected with coverage. If you are caught driving without insurance, you will be fined $598. Driving with insurance will give you peace of mind because you’re obeying the law and will have coverage in case of an accident.
- License Plates. Another law you may not know about concerns the condition of your license plate. If you have a license plate that’s obstructed, you can receive a fine of $230.
- Car Alarms. If your alarm goes off, it shouldn’t run longer than one minute. Also, it shouldn’t go off more than three times in a span of 24 hours. If the car alarm continues past a minute or repeats more than the allotted time, then the car can be towed and the car’s owner will be responsible for the expenses.
Get Help from a Vancouver Car Accident Lawyer
If you’re injured in a car accident, you need representation that will fight for your rights. Wishart Brain & Spine Law will stand by your side and help you get the justice you deserve. We have experience in getting favorable results for our clients and giving them peace of mind that someone is looking out for their best interests. Get in touch with us today for a consultation. You can go over your case with one of our attorneys and figure out how to proceed with your case.
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