Motor vehicle crashes are not accidents; they are system failures

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading causes of unintentional injury-related fatality among 0 to 14-year-olds in BC 1


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.

Motor vehicle crashes are the 3rd leading cause for those 15 years and older in BC1


  • 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.

Motor vehicle crash death, hospitalization, and permanent disability rates among 15 to 24-year-olds were twice as high among males than females in BC, 2010 2


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1. Data Source: BC Vital Statistics, Deaths 2018, Retrieved from the Chronic Disease and Injury Data Mart, BC Centre for Disease Control, Accessed May 20, 2020.
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:
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.