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.
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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.