ROAD SAFETY – MOTOR VEHICLE OCCUPANTS
Motor vehicle crashes are not accidents; they are system failures
There was an average of 187 motor occupant fatalities in BC from 2014-2018. Over two-thirds of fatalities were males; 28% of fatalities were among ages 0 to 24 years.3
Speeding was the most common contributing factor for fatalities among individuals aged 16-25 years, followed by impairment and distraction.3
Speeding was the most common contributing factor for fatalities among adults 26-45 years, followed by impairment.
Distraction was a key contributing factor for fatalities among individuals aged 66 years and over.
About 40% of time-loss claims to WorkSafe BC for motor vehicle incidents were from the transportation and warehousing industry.
- Buckle up: Always use seatbelts and appropriate child restraints when travelling within a vehicle. This includes proper installation and use of child car seats or booster seats.
- Stay sober: Do not drive impaired or under the influence of alcohol, cannabis or other recreational drugs, or prescription medications that may affect your perception or reaction time.
- Put the phone down: Avoid distractions, including any cell phone use, panel controls, or noisy passengers.
- Slow down: Adhere to posted speed limits and to the rules of the road.
- Be aware: Shoulder check before changing lanes or making turns. Be alert to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17 to 23, 2021. Road crashes are the third-leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24 in Canada[i],[ii] and transport injuries for youth and young adults cost the Canadian economy $990 million in a single year1....
2. Rajabali F, Ibrahimova A, Barnett B, Pike I. (2015). Economic Burden of Injury in British Columbia. BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit: Vancouver, BC. Available from: https://www.injuryresearch.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/BCIRPU-EB-2015.pdf
3. Data Source: Business Information Warehouse – Traffic Accident System, Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Retrieved from Injury Data Online Tool (iDOT), BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, 2019.