The Public Health Agency of Canada says collisions are number three on the list of causes of unscheduled hospitalizations for injuries and unnatural deaths in Ontario and across the country. The agency mentioned that excessive speed and a few other dangerous driving behaviours are to blame for many preventable car accidents.
Drivers at highest risk
In turn, Transport Canada reported there are groups of drivers at higher risks than others to be involved in motor vehicle accidents. A concerning fact is their data indicates that 25% of all crash-related injuries and deaths involve drivers ages 16 through 24, while they make up no more than 13% of drivers’ license holders. Older drivers and people with compromised health are also at higher risk of dying in crashes. Health conditions that play a role in this include heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. Data further indicate that females are at a significantly lower risk of being injured or killed in collisions than male drivers.
Driver behaviours that increase crash risks
As noted, speeding plays a significant role in car accidents, and authorities say lower speeds cause fewer crashes and less severe injuries. They also note that speeding often leads to aggression.
Distractions are linked to large numbers of accidents with life-changing or deadly consequences. These include mobile phones, eating, drinking, grooming and other distractions. Of course, impaired driving is another cause in many car accidents.
Any of these driver behaviours could cause car accidents that leave others severely injured or dead. When this happens in Ontario, victims or the surviving family members of deceased victims could file personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits to pursue financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system.