All across British Columbia there are hundreds of car accidents every day. A significant number of those accidents happen in Vancouver. While negligent drivers are often the cause of crashes, there are instances where dangerous road conditions are a contributing factor.
Even the safest driver is bound to run into dangerous road conditions every once in a while. When that happens, it’s important for the driver to know what to do and how best to avoid an accident. The most dangerous road conditions to watch out for in Vancouver typically involve highway and bridge problems, electrical problems, seasonal issues, and wildlife crossings.
Highway and Bridge Problems
Highway and bridge problems are often related to poor or improper maintenance. Many of the issues can cause damage to cars or result in a driver losing control of their vehicle and getting into an accident. Some of the most common highway and bridge problems in Vancouver include:
- Road damage
- Bridge damage
- Signage damage
- Fallen trees or rocks
- Animal carcasses
If you encounter one or more of these issues, you can report the issue to DriveBC. All you need to do is provide them with information on the dangerous condition. They’ll look into the matter and determine what steps need to be taken to fix the problem.
When there are electrical problems on the roadway, the possibility of an accident occurring rises significantly. The most common electrical issues in Vancouver include:
- Overhead signs
- Pedestrian lighting
- Signals out or damaged
If a traffic signal isn’t working properly, the approaching drivers might not realize it and collide at an intersection. For pedestrian safety, it’s important that all streetlights be on, so drivers can see people who are walking when it’s dark. If you encounter an electrical problem, you can report that issue to DriveBC, as well. They will take the same steps and evaluate the situation so they can determine how to proceed.
As the weather changes and the seasons transition throughout the year the road conditions change. It’s important to recognize the different dangerous conditions that can evolve as the year progresses. The most dangerous road conditions tend to happen in the summer and winter months.
In the summertime, Vancouver’s roadways become busy with travelers and construction. It’s important for drivers to be prepared to share the road. When drivers don’t share the road properly, accidents are more likely to happen.
Part of being ready means preparing your vehicle for summer driving. While most people know about winterizing their car, vehicles have needs in the summer, as well. Drivers should have their fluid levels, spark plugs, tires, brakes, and cooling systems checked. Being prepared for long traffic jams because of construction or an accident is also important.
In addition to maintaining their vehicles, drivers need to be aware of how to drive around road construction, large vehicles, cyclists, wildlife, and children. Going the speed limit and slowing down when necessary is crucial.
Winter road conditions in Vancouver can be unpredictable. As a responsible driver, it’s important to understand how to safely operate a vehicle in hazardous conditions. In many situations, it’s best to avoid driving until the extreme conditions improve. If driving is absolutely necessary, going slow and being aware of the vehicles around you is crucial.
In some sections of highway throughout B.C. winter tires or chains are required. Drivers must obey the signs indicating when those things are necessary or they could be asked to turn around by RCMP, CVSE, or another policing agency.
Wildlife on Vancouver’s Highways
When you travel through Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia, you’re likely to see a variety of animals: from porcupines to huge moose. The combination of wildlife and cars can be lethal. Animals are more likely to run onto roads in the early morning, at dusk, or during the night.
In addition to being aware of the risk of any animal running out into the road, it’s important to be on the lookout for carcasses on the road. If a large animal like a moose is struck and killed in a traffic lane, the body becomes a danger to other drivers.
Even when you’re aware of the dangerous road conditions to look out for in Vancouver, accidents still happen when others make negligent or reckless decisions. If you’ve been in an accident that resulted from another driver’s poor decisions and are struggling to get the compensation you need to move forward via BC’s Tribunal process, our law firm may be able to help. Contact us for more information.
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