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Helping victims of distracted drivers

May 28, 2015 | Car Accidents

Distracted driving has become an increasingly serious safety issue as smartphones and other mobile devices allow people to do a multitude of things than can distract them from focusing on the road and the other drivers around them. Even if drivers aren’t holding a device in their hands, they can be distracted by the hundreds of satellite radio channels available, the sound of a movie playing for their children in the backseat and navigation systems that allow them to program and change their route. Of course, the age-old distractions of eating, applying make-up and searching for things in the car are still there.

British Columbia has tough laws on the use of hand-held and even non-hand-held technology while driving. Drivers cannot hold, use or even look at a hand-held communication or computer device’s screen while operating a vehicle.

The law also places restrictions on the use of navigation systems, also known as Global Positioning Systems. If your GPS device is installed in your vehicle, it must be programmed prior to driving unless it can be programmed by voice activation. If you have a hand-held GPS device, it has to be securely attached inside the vehicle in a location where it doesn’t obstruct the driver’s view. You cannot hold it in your hand.

The laws are even more restrictive for Graduated Licensing Program drivers. In addition to the above restrictions, GLP drivers who are classified as “Learners” or “New Drivers” cannot use any hands-free devices while driving.

At Tell Del, we have more than 40 years of experience helping our fellow Vancouver residents who have been injured by distracted and other negligent or reckless drivers. We help them deal with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. Submitting an ICBC claim has become an increasingly complex process. We not only help our clients submit claims to the ICBC; we can handle all communications with them to improve your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Our clients pay us nothing until and unless we get a settlement or we take the case to trial. Our initial consultations are free as well. Therefore, you risk nothing by calling us after an accident to find out how we can help you.

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BEFORE YOU TELL ICBC. We can help you right now. Before you talk to ICBC, contact us. Call 604-689-2626 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday or 604-TELL DEL (835-5335) after hours.

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