Be aware of your surroundings when driving your car into a signalled intersection.

August 27, 2014, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Waterloo Region Record reported that a man was taken to hospital after being involved in a car crash involving two cars.  The accident occurred on Wednesday August 27 at 9:05 am.  One car was hit by another vehicle that may have run a red light at the intersection of Homer Watson Boulevard and Pioneer Drive in Kitchener.  The police closed the northbound lanes on Homer Watson while they investigated.

In some cases involving a signaled intersection, it is very important to obtain any witnesses to the accident.  The witness will be important to assist in determining what were the light signals for each vehicle at the time of the accident.  The people involved in the car crash will sometimes have different versions or recollections as to who has what light at the time of the accident.  Sometimes a car driver may run a red light because they are distracted.  Whether on a cellphone or distracted by some other means, a car driver can lose track of the lights at the intersection and miss the change in lights from one to the other.  In some cases a car driver is watching the countdown signal, or the pedestrian signal, and is hoping to time the lights and make it through before the signal turns from green to yellow to red.  These drivers will treat these signals, and even the yellow light itself, as a signal to speed up and try and beat the red signal and be forced to stop.

It is very important that car drivers take their time when coming to an intersection, especially a lighted intersection.  Even though you may have the green light to proceed, it is always worth a precaution to take a look to the right and left as you enter the intersection to ensure there are no fast approaching vehicles that look like them may not be able to stop in time.  It is never a wise thing to speed up as you enter the intersection to try and beat the red light.  The faster speed, within an active area, does not allow you to be as alert or attentive to the dangerous situations that can arise in the intersection.  This includes other vehicles approaching from your right or left; pedestrians who may or may not be walking inside the crosswalk; and bicyclists who for example are travelling on the sidewalk and entering into the intersection.  It is very easy to miss the danger signs when you are speeding and have less time to make yourself aware of the surroundings and the people and vehicles within that area. 


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