What Are the Leading Causes of Car Accidents in Canada?

According to Transport Canada, there were 161,902 motor vehicle collisions in 2015, 116,735 of these resulting in personal injuries. Despite new advancements in safety technology in today’s vehicles, the number of injuries continues to have an impact on thousands of people each year.

According to personal injury lawyers, when it comes to the leading causes of accidents each year in Canada, the top of the list has moved ahead of impaired driving and is one that has had a heavy impact on our injury rate since the invention of the smartphone.

Distracted Driving

With our new forms of technology, distracted driving has become our number one cause of motor vehicle collisions. Although we all feel as though we can adeptly multi-task, it becomes all the more obvious that it simply isn’t possible while behind the wheel of a car. Looking away from the road for even a couple seconds can have life-altering implications. One study found that driving while talking on a cell phone quadruples the risk of a collision.

BC banned the use of electronic devices as of January 1, 2010 and imposed tougher penalties that took effect June 1, 2016. ICBC has even instituted new harsher penalties for those who have exhibited distracted driving. And yet collisions keep happening at the hands of distracted drivers each year.

Impaired Driving

In 2016, ICBC recorded 67 traffic fatalities in BC resulting from driver impairment. A driver who is impaired by alcohol or drugs cannot react as quickly as necessary and poses a danger to themselves and others on the road. Anyone who is planning to drink or is afraid they have had too much to drink should never get behind the wheel of a car and should instead call someone else or appoint a designated driver.


Speed limits are not just polite suggestions. They are the law, When driving at a high speed, you are not able to have enough time to react to changes or situations taking place on the road. Weather conditions compound this. ICBC reported 92 fatalities due to speeding in 2016 with nearly half of them involving dangerous road conditions.

Risky or Aggressive Driving

According to Transport Canada, aggressive driving is defined by speeding, running lights, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic and failing to yield. Acts of aggression can be making rude gestures or verbal abuse, preventing other drivers from moving, assaulting another driver. These acts put all drivers on the road in a dangerous position.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another driver, get professional legal advice. Call the personal injury lawyers at Personal Injury Lawyer. We will protect your rights if you have sustained injuries due to a dangerous driver.