Country roads can have many hidden dangers for car drivers.

April 25, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The New Hamburg Independent reported on a crash between a car and farm equipment that caused serious injury to the driver of the car.  The crash happened on April 13 at approximately 8:50pm.  The driver of the car crested a hill on a country road, Hessen Strasse near Moser Young Road, when he collided with a skid steer driven by an 18 year old farm worker.

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The skid steer was operating on the road way.  It was being used to move hay bales.  The skid steer operator had minor injuries.  The police charged the driver of the skid steer with having improper lights on a farm vehicle, not having a “slow moving vehicle” sign and also with careless driving. 

Driving on country roads requires a lot of caution on the part of all drivers.  The line of sight can be poor, particularly on hilly roads.  Waterloo Region’s geography is characterized by a lot or rolling hills and this can lead to many dangers when approaching the crest of a hill.  Also, many country roads do not provide for any line markings to guide drivers as to the midway of the roadway.  Cars can drift into the lanes of oncoming cars, and this can occur suddenly when approaching the crest of a hill.  Speed limits have to be closely observed as they can change along a stretch of country road, depending on the extent of residential settlement in a particular area.  At times, due to growth of shrubbery, trees etc… the line of sight at intersections can be poor.  And as in the case above, there are slower moving farm vehicles that will occasionally operate on the country roads and this can lead to further danger, particularly during the evening or very early morning when lighting is poor and the vehicles themselves have insufficient markings, lights and other warnings.  It is important to consult with our personal injury team early in the process so that issues surrounding liability (who’s at fault?) can be assessed and the proper parties put on notice within required time limits.  Where there are issues dealing with roadway markings, road deficiencies, line of site concerns for example, then there is the possibility that the local municipality responsible for the road may be liable for the accident as well. 

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

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