Intersections

Information related to intersections.

CASE LAW - Murdoch v Biggers

BC Courts Coat of ArmsA green light doesn't always mean go unless you've had a good look to make sure that there are no hazards present before you proceed. Jennifer Biggers learned this when the vehicle she was driving collided with Carol Murdoch, who was crossing quickly in a marked crosswalk against a red light.

Q&A - U Turn Ticket

Q&A ImageGot a ticket for an alleged illegal u-turn at an intersection. Was fined $167 for allegedly violating MVA 168(b)(iv). As outlined in the MVA, my alleged violation is defined as "at an intersection where a traffic control signal has been erected"

However, at the time of the alleged offense, 2 things:

Q&A - Right of Way at a Two Way Stop

Q&A ImageMy question is regarding the right of way at a regular two way stop sign. When turning left after coming to a stop are you required to yield to all traffic coming straight through?

Q&A - Left Turn When Vision Blocked

Q&A ImageI am heading north and making a left turn at an intersection to the west side. On my opposite side in the intersection to my north there is a big truck heading south making a left turn to the east side. The truck is blocking me from seeing the cars passing it on the opposite side in the passing lane.

The car behind me keeps honking me to make the left turn and the driver shouts "Go! Go!"

Q&A - Yielding at a 4 Way Stop When Pedestrians are Present

Q&A ImageAt a 4 way stop, who usually goes first if I am turning left and there are pedestrians about to cross and there is also another car that has stopped to my right at the same time?

In other words, how should the 4 way stop rules be handle if there are pedestrians in the intersection and it mixes up who should proceed first?

CASE LAW - Deol v Veach

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case Mr. Deol was riding his bicycle on a sidewalk in a direction opposing traffic on the highway adjacent to him. Mr. Veach was attempting a right turn onto the highway from a parking lot. Both stopped, Mr. Deol on the sidewalk at the parking lot access and Mr. Veach prior to crossing the sidewalk. Both proceeded at the same time and collided.

Q&A - Unmarked Crosswalks

Q&A ImageIt is my understanding that any intersection, including a "T" intersection, that does not have a marked crosswalk is deemed to be an "unmarked crosswalk" and that a pedestrian has the same protection (rights) in the unmarked crossing as in a marked one.  In fact it used to be common to see signage on the highways stating that unmarked crosswalks would be enforced, but they seem to have disappeared.

When in Doubt, Back Out

Green LightTwice in the past week I've watched drivers who were stopped legally in the intersection signaling a left turn back out of the intersection when the traffic light that they were facing turned red. Why would a driver do this? The action is completely out of context and unsafe.

VIDEO - Emergency Vehicles and Roundabouts

VideoHave you ever met or been overtaken by an emergency vehicle with lights flashing and sirens wailing when you were navigating a roundabout? What to do? Well, a roundabout is just another type of intersection, so you must immediately move out of it, stop and remain stopped until the emergency vehicle or vehicles pass by.

CASE LAW - Chang v Alcuaz

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of Chang v Alcuaz examines an intersection collision where the drivers approached each other at right angles. Both claim that they were facing a green light when they proceeded into the intersection. It is interesting to see how the judge determines which driver had actually faced a green traffic signal.

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