Q&A - Was I in the Wrong?
I was sitting in a line of vehicles at the red light in the northbound lane of Woodsdale Road, at the intersection of Woodsdale Road & Highway 97 in Lake Country, British Columbia this afternoon. A northbound driver in a truck on Highway 97 turned south onto Woodsdale Road and immediately tried to cross the intersection diagonally to a driveway leading to his business at a small Marina on Wood Lake.
I was blocking his way because I was sitting in the line of vehicles, and he was very annoyed by this. He drove up to the side of my car and stopped quickly, and he waved his hand telling me to get out of his way so all I could do was back my car up to make way. The car behind me also had to back up to give me room, and the car in front of me had to drive forward as well.
The north and southbound Lanes of Woodsdale Road have double-solid yellow lines separating them, and there's a solid white line separating the left turn lane from the northbound lane where I was sitting on Woodsdale. The solid white line extends from the stop line at the intersection to a point just south of the marina driveway's intersection with Woodsdale Road.
There's a sign next to the access road that says "private road" on it as well.
Was I in the wrong here? I've been playing this over and over in my head all afternoon, and I wonder if he should have a right of way through to his driveway or not... he does have an unfortunate proximity of his driveway to the intersection to deal with, but should that give him authority to direct traffic out of his way?
I also wonder what could've happened if he struck a cyclist or pedestrian after I cleared the way for him to pass, as the space to the right of vehicle is a busy connector between the Okanagan Rail trail system and very popular Pelmewash Parkway trail system.
Could I be held liable for assisting him to do this? It's a terrible thought but it begs the question.
This is always a busy intersection, and it was a particularly busy long-weekend afternoon when this happened, so I'm not sure what else would've worked here. The driver had such an expectation of me to get out of his way that he must do this all the time.