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Right of way rules at intersections in Ontario

Thousands of Ontario residents are killed or injured each year in car accidents, and many of these collisions occur at intersections. While some of these incidents are caused by speeding, distracted or intoxicated drivers, many others occur as a result of motorists being unsure who has the right of way in a given situation.

Even low speed motor vehicle accidents that occur when motorists make mistakes over who has the right of way, can lead to serious injuries, and this is especially true when a cyclist or pedestrian is struck by a passenger vehicle making an unexpected turn. The rules governing are outlined by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and they generally require that drivers should yield to vehicles approaching from the right.

The rules are different at intersections with stop signs. In these situations, drivers should come to a complete stop and yield to traffic that has arrived at the intersection before them. Drivers making a turn should wait until approaching vehicle, foot and cycle traffic has passed, and they should be prepared to stop if necessary when approaching a yield sign. Motorists should also stop for pedestrians at marked crossings and give way to traffic when pulling out of a driveway.

Negligent motorists who cause an accident may face civil and criminal sanctions. The victims of traffic accidents often suffer debilitating injuries, and many of them are prevented from working for lengthy periods as they undergo painful medical treatment and prolonged physical therapy. A personal injury lawyer may file a lawsuit on behalf of those who suffer injury, loss or damage due to the careless actions of others. This kind of litigation may seek compensation for an accident victim’s lost income, property damage and expenses.