June 2020 Archives

Cross-border personal injury risks for commercial truck drivers

Since travel between Canada and the United States was limited in late March to essential border crossings, commercial vehicle traffic is picking up again. Reportedly, big rig traffic from the border into British Columbia and other Canadian provinces dropped by about 22% to almost 86,000 trucks in the last week of May, compared to the same period in 2019. As commercial traffic picks up again, cross-border personal injury risks will also increase.

US immigration: Family members can cross the border to reunite

The temporary closing of the border between Canada and the United States will continue for some time. Although U. S. immigration continues the total travel ban for unnecessary travelling across the border, the Canadian government announced the loosening of the border crossing ban. Families in British Columbia and other provinces who had loved ones trapped on the other side of the border will be allowed to reunite.

US Immigration: Boaters -- beware not to cross Canada-US border

Recreational boaters might be unaware of the consequences of crossing into the waters of the United States. With all border crossings prohibited right now, boaters could face hefty fines if they crossed the water boundaries that form the border between Canada and the United States. Boat owners in British Columbia would be wise to be familiar with U.S. immigration laws related to crossing the water borderline.

Cross-border personal injury: Are cannabis users better drivers?

A 2018 study showed that more than 50% of respondents nationwide, including British Columbia, admitted to driving vehicles while under the influence of cannabis. Moreover, most believed that, after using cannabis, their driving skills are better than that of sober, non-cannabis users. Recovering damages could be complicated when a cannabis-impaired driver causes a cross-border personal injury.

Road safety crucial to avoid cross-border personal injury

Of all the motorists that travel across the border between British Columbia and Washington state, a significant percentage are workers that travel as part of their jobs. These include professional drivers in large commercial trucks, courier vans or taxis. Sales representatives travel to and from clients, and construction company owners or employees travel between construction sites. They all face the risks of cross-border personal injury.

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