More dangers on country roads this time of year.

June 04, 2017, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Waterloo Region Record reported on an accident that occurred on Roseville Road near Fischer Hallman Road.  The motorcycle driver was attempting to pass a agricultural sprayer as it was making a left hand turn into a field.  The motorcycle driver was transported to hospital with a possible broken arm.  This accident had a number of factors for consideration.  A slower moving farm vehicle on the highway, the farm vehicle attempting to make a left hand turn and a motorcycle attempting to pass at the same time.  During the spring/early summer and fall it is not uncommon to have more farm vehicles driving on the local country roads as the vehicles move between and around fields for planting, harvesting and transportation of product to the local mill.  Many of these vehicles will be moving at a speed that is less than the posted speed limit for the particular road.  It is also possible that the farm vehicle may not have adequate signaling equipment or warnings to highlight the slower moving speed or whether they are making a turn.  The farm vehicle may not provide the operator with sufficient ability to be aware of the surroundings and other vehicles in the neighbourhood of the turn.  Left hand turns are also a very difficult issue on the roads.  At times drivers attempting to make a left hand turn have not taken the time to sufficient scan their surroundings to ensure that there are no potential hazards when making the turn.  This includes pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders.  This group is usually less easy to see or identify when a driver is in the middle of a turn.  They are smaller to see and their lighting apparatus (for bicycle and motorcycle) are less visible than a larger car.  A vehicle that is attempting to make a left turn is not without fault when it strikes a vehicle that is trying to pass on the left.  It is required by law that the left hand turning vehicle make that turn when it is safe to do so.  That means not only ensuring that there are no oncoming vehicles but that there are no vehicles coming from behind that could interfere with the left turn, like a passing motorcycle.  Under Ontario’s fault determination rule, in this fact scenario involving the farm vehicle and the motorcycle, both parties could be found to be equally at fault for the accident.  As always, it is important for all drivers to be patient, be aware of the surroundings and be extra cautious when making turns or passing other vehicles. This is especially true on the country roads and highways where slowing moving farm vehicles will be travelling.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with a very unfortunate outcome.

Posted under Automobile Accident Benefits, Chronic Pain, Fractures, Motorcycle Accidents

View All Posts

About Deutschmann Law

Deutschmann Law serves South-Western Ontario with offices in Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Woodstock, Brantford, Stratford and Ayr. The law practice of Robert Deutschmann focuses almost exclusively in personal injury and disability insurance matters. For more information, please visit www.deutschmannlaw.com or call us toll-free at 1-866-414-4878.

Practice Areas

  1. Car accidents
  2. Motorcycle accidents
  3. Automobile accident benefits
  4. Catastrophic injury
  5. Brain or Head injury
  6. Paraplegia and Quadriplegia
  7. Spinal cord injury
  8. Drunk driving accidents
  9. Concussion syndrome
  10. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  11. Slip and Fall Accidents
  12. Birth Trauma Injury
  1. Wrongful death
  2. Bicycle accidents
  3. Disability insurance claims
  4. Slip and fall injury
  5. Fractures or broken bone injury
  6. Pedestrian accidents
  7. Chronic pain
  8. Truck accidents
  9. Amputation and disfigurement
  10. Fibromyalgia
  11. Nursing Home Fatality Claims

Personal Injury Blog

May 13, 2021
Absence of prejudice and delay in filing notice - Graham v. City of Toronto, 2021 ONSC 2278
May 13, 2021
Chronic Pain – What is it?
May 12, 2021
Zoom Fatigue is Real and the Effects Can Carry Over to Other Parts of Your Life
May 06, 2021
Applicant Clearly Demonstrates Head Injury Diagnosis - Kolanski v. TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, 2021 CanLII 30824 (ON LAT)
May 06, 2021
Car Accidents and Catastrophic Injury
May 04, 2021
There is s Strong Link Between Concussion and Mental Health Issues in Children and Youth

More Personal Injury Articles » 
Review our services

Connect with us

Facebook Twitter Linkedin Youtube