For many Vancouver residents, trips to Seattle or other destinations in the United States are frequent occurrences. Although they might not see it as international travel, that is what it is because they cross an international border. For that reason, travellers have to comply with U.S. immigration laws when they leave Canada, and upon their return to British Columbia, the Canada Border Services Agency has a separate set of requirements.
Many British Columbia residents take frequent trips across the border for business, shopping, entertainment or other reasons. Accidents happen in the blink of an eye, and when they happen during such trips, dealing with cross-border personal injury claims could be daunting. In some cases, life-changing injuries lead to significant financial problems, and dealing with insurance and laws on both sides of the border could be overwhelming.
Many British Columbia residents spend time in the United States as temporary visitors or students. Students might want to remain in the United States and establish careers, or a visitor might fall in love, find a job or have another reason for wanting to change his or her nonimmigrant status to permanent resident status. Fortunately, the U.S. immigration laws have a process called adjustment of status that will provide successful applicants with a green card or immigrant visa.
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday, a driver of a minivan lost his life when an SUV smashed into his vehicle while he was waiting in the queue to clear the border into British Columbia. This would naturally be a traumatizing time for the surviving family members, and it might be complicated by the fact that the SUV driver is from Washington state. Dealing with the legalities of cross-border personal injury or wrongful death claims could be a legal nightmare.
With the summer season just around the corner, many people are already planning vacations, road trips, or camping and weekend getaways on both sides of the border. While these trips can be fun, its important to remember that road safety will factor into how memorable your family vacation turns out to be.
Although Vancouver and Seattle typically don't receive as much rain in May as other times of the year, it is still a real possibility, and when it happens, it increases accident risks. Many British Columbia residents might be anxious to get out after the long, cold winter, and travelling south to Seattle might be the ideal outing. However, unsuspected light rain might just cause a crash, and cross-border personal injury claims are never easy to navigate.