Some car accident injuries can have life-changing consequences. A spinal cord injury is one example of a catastrophic injury that can leave a victim paralyzed. The legal and insurance procedures for dealing with cross-border personal injury are complicated when such an accident occurs while British Columbia residents travel south of the border.
Whenever British Columbia residents travel to destinations south of the border, they will risk being victims of car accidents. The potential of suffering cross-border personal injury is higher when they cross paths with drivers who mix cannabis and driving. While most users believe they are perfectly capable of driving after using cannabis, THC, the active ingredient affects the ability to drive safely..
The consequences of car accidents typically go far beyond physical injuries. Concussions, lacerations, bruises and bone fractures could also be accompanied by psychological trauma. The mental trauma is exacerbated by further stresses of filing insurance claims and discussing possible lawsuits with lawyers. All of these matters become even more complicated if it involves a British Columbia resident who suffers a cross-border personal injury.
Anyone in British Columbia who gets into a vehicle is at risk of being an accident victim. The consequences can affect people in various ways, and if it involves cross-border personal injury, it might be a good idea to seek legal counsel. Each car accident is unique, and so are the resulting injuries. Thus, the road to recovery for each crash victim is different.
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.
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.
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.
Millions of people in British Columbia and other provinces live with some level of chronic pain. Reportedly, 66% of Canadians live with moderate, severe or chronic pain. Car accidents often give rise to long-term pain, and when this happens during a trip south of the border, recovering damages could be complicated. Cross-border personal injury claims need an understanding of the applicable laws and insurance regulations of both countries.
Spinal cord injuries can affect the lives of victims in different ways, depending on the location and severity of the damage. Car accidents are often the cause of these injuries, and if the negligence of one or more drivers caused the crash, victims might have grounds to pursue damage recovery. However, if the victim is from British Columbia and was travelling in Washington state, the resulting cross-border personal injury claims could be a confusing mix of legal and insurance concerns.
Residents of British Columbia might be surprised to learn that a leading cause of accidental death and injuries in the province is auto accidents. However, this is likely a statistic that is not only true in British Columbia but also south of the border. The difference is that cross-border personal injury claims are significantly more complicated than those that follow accidents in Vancouver or elsewhere in the province.