Vancouver is the most densely populated city in Canada. As a result, it means our roads often see heavy traffic which can lead to a high risk of auto wrecks in and around the city. While there’s no way to completely protect against the possibility of a collision, you can make yourself aware of the more dangerous spots. If you’ve been involved in a crash that someone else caused, our Vancouver car accident lawyers can help you with your ICBC claim to ensure you receive the results you deserve.
Dangerous Roads in Vancouver
The ICBC keeps track of the crashes that happen throughout communities in B.C. The following list contains the most dangerous streets, roads, bridges, highways, and intersections in Vancouver from 2013 to 2017, including the number of accidents that occurred during that four-year span. Crashes involving property damage, injuries, and fatalities are included. The following data excludes crashes that occurred in parking lots or involved parked vehicles.
Here are the ten most dangerous roadways in Vancouver:
- Knight Street Bridge – 1,252 accidents
- Knight Street & Knight Street Bridge & SE Marine Drive & SE Marine Drive Offramp & SE Marine Driver Onramp – 1,225 crashes
- Boundary Road & Grandview Highway & Grandview Highway Onramp – 1,037 collisions
- Boundary Road & Kingsway – 835 crashes
- Main Street & Terminal Avenue – 692 accidents
- Lions Gate Bridge – 682 wrecks
- Granville Street & 41St Avenue – 650 accidents
- Granville Street & Marpole Avenue & W 16th Avenue – 609 crashes
- E 1st Avenue & E 1st Avenue Offramp & E 1st Avenue Onramp & Rupert Street Offramp & Trans-Canada Highway – 590 collisions
- Kingsway & Knight Street – 586 wrecks
It’s important to be aware of where these dangerous spots are, so you can proceed with extra caution while traveling through these areas. Let’s take a look at why these accidents happen as frequently as they do.
Factors Contributing to Intersection Accidents
As you can see, many of the accidents that occur on the dangerous streets and roads listed above happen at intersections. Urban intersections account for a majority of these crashes, injuries, and fatalities. There are a number of factors that can be attributed to causing the accidents. The most common include:
- Failing to obey traffic laws. The most commonly broken laws at intersection include failing to yield right of way, disregarding traffic signals, running red lights, jumping green lights, and completing a left turn on a yellow light.
- Aggressive driving. With the number of people traveling every day through Vancouver, it’s understandable that driving can be frustrating sometimes. When drivers let that frustration get the better of them and choose to drive irresponsibly or be rude to other travelers, the consequences can be severe.
- Speeding. This leads to a significant number of accidents, especially when drivers decide to continue through a yellow light to avoid waiting at the red.
- Reckless driving. Intentionally driving while distracted, like when using a cell phone, can quickly result in a collision.
- Drunk driving. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is always a negligent decision that can end up costing others their lives.
Tips for Avoid Accidents on Dangerous Streets
Whether you’re taking a short drive through the city for groceries or traveling long-distance on the highway, we want you to arrive at your destination safely. In order to do so, take the following tips into consideration the next time you get behind the wheel.
- Follow Traffic Laws. As we’ve discussed, there are a number of dangerous intersections in Vancouver. In order to maneuver safely through these sections, remember to abide by all traffic laws and signals.
- Be Aware. Be on the lookout for drivers who are breaking laws, especially those who choose to run red lights, so you can drive accordingly and avoid interactions with them.
- Watch for Pedestrians. Children, animals, and even adults have a habit of walking into intersections when they’re not supposed to.
- Never Tailgate. Leave a decent amount of space between you and the car in front of you. If they need to suddenly stop because another driver is driving irresponsibly and you’re too close, you could run into them.
- Be Kind. Everyone has their off days but do what you can to be courteous to other drivers on the road. They’ll likely return the same behavior.
At Wishart Brain & Spine Law, we understand how life-changing a car accident can be. We also recognize how overwhelming the claim process can be, when it’s likely you’d rather be focusing on recovery. That’s why we’re prepared to help you recover from what you’ve been through by managing the complex legal aspects of your claim. You can rest assured you will receive the representation you deserve with our help. Contact our legal team today for more information.
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