Motor Vehicles Accidents

September 4, 2019 Off By Dante Filyaw

It seems that every year there are more and more motor vehicles accidents on Canadian roadways, with the corresponding increase in many roadway fatalities. However, this perception may not be correct. Despite the growing number of cars on Canadian roads, the number of fatalities has been cut in half over the last 25 years.

A few years ago, a study was released by Statistics Canada entitled “Motor Vehicle Accident Deaths, 1979-2004,” published in Health Reports Vol. 19, no.3. This study showed that during the 25 years, 97,964 people were killed due to motor vehicle accidents in Canada. The annual number dropped by 52% from 5933 in 1979 to 2875 in 2004. Even after adjusting for the aging of the population, there were still significant declines indicating there may be other factors responsible for the decline in deaths. It was noted that 71%, almost ?? of the drivers killed were male.

If a friend or loved one has been killed or seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident contact one of the veteran auto injury lawyers in Toronto to discuss what claims you or the estate may have.

While the study looked at all the motor vehicles deaths between 1979 and 2004, it did more in-depth research of the years between 2000 and 2004. The data from these years came from the Canadian vital statistics database and comprised mostly of information from death certificates. As a part of the study, pedestrian and bicycle, fatalities were included if a motor vehicle was involved. Motor vehicles were broadly defined to include those often found “off-road” such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, agriculture, and construction vehicles.
During the years 2000-2004, 1082 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Canada. Of those that were killed, 3417, or almost 1/4, (24%) were between the ages of 15 and 24. Usually, the death rate from motor vehicles from these age groups combined was 9.0 deaths per 100,000 populations. However, between the ages of 15 and 24, the rate was well above the national average at 16.0 deaths per 100,000 populations. The rates for those aged 14 and younger were much lower than the national average. If your young child or grandchild has been fatally injured in a motor vehicle pay a visit to one of the experienced Car Accident Attorney Kansas City who are knowledgeable in Toronto injury law to see if you have a claim.