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Car drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycle riders all need to be patient and watch for each other.

December 01, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Waterloo Region Record recently reported on two recent incidents involving pedestrians struck by cars and a third involving a police officer struck by a car while investigating another car accident.  In the first instance, a mother and her two children her hit by a car as they are walking through a crosswalk when they were struck by a northbound sports utility vehicle.  The accident occurred at approximately 5:40pm on November 27 in poor weather conditions.   The mother and her children were crossing Waterloo Street when they were struck by the vehicle turning left from Forrest Avenue.  The mother was pulling her children in a wagon.  All were hurt in the accident and were treated at hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

In the second incident, a man suffered injuries in an accident with a car.  The car struck the man at Queen Street and St. George Street in downtown Kitchener at about 8am on November 28.  The man suffered injuries in the accident with a car and he was taken to hospital by ambulance.  At the time of the accident the car was turning at the intersection.  The man was later given a ticket for not using a crosswalk.

In the third incident, a police officer was struck by a car that was skidding on a slippery rural road.  The accident occurred on November 27 at 8:25pm in the Mannheim area.  The police officer was in a ditch at Trussler Road and Bleams Road, investigating an earlier accident when he was struck by the skidding car.  The police officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Grand River Hospital.

It is important that car drivers take their time to ensure that they are driving appropriately for the conditions.  Conditions include the time of day, the weather, the road conditions and the level of activity at the intersection, not only car and other vehicles but any pedestrians in the area.  There are times when car drivers who are attempting to make a turn do not take the appropriate amount of time or caution to scan their area and look for other people in the area.  This would include not only oncoming cars, but any motorcyclists, pedestrians or bicyclists who are in the area using the roadway or sidewalk in the vicinity of the intended turn.  Caution and care extends not only to drivers of cars and other motor vehicles, but there is an equally high responsibility on the part of pedestrians or bicyclists  to be aware of cars and properly assess their intentions as best as possible so as to minimize the potential danger areas.  While we should all become more aware of the dangers on the road, this is also aided by taking more time and being more patient on the roadways.   The means taking a little more time when approaching and entering intersections to consider all the potential danger areas.  That means during periods of inclement weather make sure your vehicle is properly cleaned and that you have the appropriate equipment such as winter tires, topped up fluid levels and appropriate wiper blades.   Take your time and best wishes for a safe driving winter season.

Posted under Car Accidents, Fractures, Motorcycle Accidents, Personal Injury

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