Stats released by the Department of Transportation indicate the number of injuries from motor vehicle accidents declined overall over a 10-year period, while the number of injuries from moose vehicle collisions increased,
St. John's law firm Ches Crosbie Barristers has been seeking documents from the department as the law firm continues to build a class action lawsuit against the government set to go to trial in April.
“Some people say that moose-vehicle collision injuries are a small portion of road injuries in this province and don’t deserve the attention they get,” lawyer Ches Crosbie said in a statement.
“But government statistics show they're doubling every ten years. Meanwhile, total injuries from all other accidents are decreasing.”
The stats cover the period from 2001 to 2012, during which time the number of injuries has fluctuated. The low point was 63 injuries in 2008 and the high was 134 injuries in 2012.
The Transportation department records the number of moose-vehicle collision injuries based on how many people are treated at hospital or admitted.
The plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit are seeking compensation for injuries caused by moose-vehicle collisions. They are also seeking the construction of fences in problem highway areas and a reduction of the moose population.