Winter weather brings dangerous conditions for pedestrians

Recent fatal accidents lead ICBC to issue warning for pedestrians and drivers

A number of recent fatal pedestrian accidents is a reminder of how dangerous winter can be for pedestrians in British Columbia. According to the Vancouver Sun, two pedestrians were killed recently in the Lower Mainland, with both accidents being at least partially attributable to bad weather. The accidents led ICBC to issue a warning to pedestrians and motorists throughout the province to take extra care in inclement weather during the winter months. The shorter days and winter storms often lead to an increase in pedestrian deaths this time of year.

Bad weather and drunk driving

The first fatal accident in question occurred in Coquitlam when a 53-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle that went onto the curb. Police say that while charges have yet to be laid, they do believe drunk driving was a factor along with the bad weather, according to Metro News.

Just minutes after that accident, a 75-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car while she was crossing an intersection in Richmond. Again, bad weather may have contributed to the accident. Conditions were stormy the evening both pedestrians were killed.

ICBC warns pedestrians

The two fatal accidents led ICBC to warn pedestrians to be cautious during the winter months, when pedestrian accidents typically increase. In December alone, pedestrian accidents kill an average of seven people and injure 269 others in British Columbia. The reason for the uptick is due to a number of factors, such as bad weather, fewer daylight hours, and pedestrians wearing dark winter clothing. All those factors typically make it difficult for drivers to see pedestrians until it is too late.

To help ensure safety, officials say pedestrians should wear bright, reflective clothing and only cross the street at crosswalks. However, even when crossing on a green light, pedestrians should never assume that a car will simply stop for them. ICBC recommends pedestrians try to make eye contact with any turning motorists, especially those making left turns, as a disproportionate number of pedestrian accidents occur with vehicles turning left at intersections.

Help with claims

While pedestrian accidents often leave motorists themselves unharmed, they can cause severe injuries for pedestrians. These injuries not only cause serious pain and suffering, but they can also lead to long-term consequences, such as an inability to return to work.

For those who have been injured in a pedestrian accident, compensation can be a vital tool in recovering from injuries and rebuilding one's livelihood. A personal injury lawyer can help victims of pedestrian accidents seek compensation to help during the recovery process.