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Seeking Witness to Car Accident in Downtown Edmonton on October 24 at 5pm

My husband got into a car accident on his way to pick me up after work on October 24 in downtown (101 Street and 102 Avenue – City Centre intersection with TD/Holt Renfrew) at 5pm. His car is a 2009 black Honda Accord, while the other driver’s car is a 2003 sand/brown Nissan Pathfinder.

My husband was making a left, when the other car hit the gas and ran the red light, which ended up hitting my husband’s car. We’re being told that we’re out of luck because my husband was turning left, even though the other driver ran the red.

If anyone witnessed this or know anyone that might have, please message me on Facebook or text me at 587-784-8266. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

 

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  1. Marc Cornies Marc Cornies says:

    A witness to what? You’re husband not waiting to make sure on-coming traffic is stopping? Sorry, but he is at fault. Lesson learned I guess…

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    • If the other driver ran a red light he is 100% in the wrong. My sister had a similar accident several years ago. In her case other driver admitted he ran the red light. What did the driver of the other car involved say? Is he/she denying the red light? What about the other drivers at the accident? Did they say they had stopped?

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    • Nope. If you’re turning left you’re partially at fault

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  2. Nasab Radwan Nasab Radwan says:

    This happened to someone close to me a few years back as well. The light turned red, they proceeded to clear the intersection and turned left but the other car sped through and slammed into our car.

    It is shitty but the law (and in the drivers’ handbook) states that the onis is on the person turning left to ensure the path is completely clear or that cars have come to a stop before proceeding.

    I hope your insurance helps you out somehow. Best of luck!

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  3. Laura Brown Laura Brown says:

    As the others replied, a witness won’t help you. According to the law, your husband is at fault, end of story.

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  4. No cameras at the intersection?? Maybe that can help

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  5. Bucky Bruno Bucky Bruno says:

    It make sure no difference if you have a witness or not. Even if the light was red, your husband is at fault. Your husband obstructed a lane of traffic. Person going straight ALWAYS has the right away. Sucks, but the laws the law. Seems to me like both parties were rushing to get threw the light.

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    • Not true. Person going straight on a red light does not have the right of way.

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    • Bucky Bruno Bucky Bruno says:

      They do if a person is turning left yup. It’s very true. If you go threw the light and it’s yellow and turns to red you’re fine. If you’re just running red lights that’s different obviously. I just went threw this whole situation a couple years back lol.

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    • Carl Corbett Carl Corbett says:

      Yeah, you’re only supposed to enter the intersection when it’s safe to do so. So the whole entering the intersection before you can safely make the turn, while widely practiced is technically not a legal maneuver. Sure it saves you precious seconds (that you then spend waiting the next time the light changes because everyone’s trying to make that left turn on a red light because they were *already in the intersection*) but legally, you are responsible to full stop before the stop line on a left turn if it is not safe to enter the intersection. Don’t take this the wrong way, but assuming you are good to go making a left turn is only going to be fixed if a) the edmonton police actually start doing something or b) people start getting hit.

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    • If you enter on the yellow you are fine, but if you enter on the red you are not.

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  6. I’m fairly sure I nearly died by someone taking a left turn as a traffic light had JUST turned yellow and I was coming in at 60/hr. There were no other cars but me and this person. They were at a full stop and weren’t taking the left turn despite a lot of time for them to do so. Just as I come what I would consider “WAY too close for this person to make a left turn”, they do it, zero hesitation, as if they didn’t even see me coming. I had to swerve faster than I’ve ever dodged anything in my life, and ended up on the other side of the road.

    One of the scariest moments for me as a driver of over 13 years.

    I hope everyone involved is alright. Being one of the safest drivers on our roads requires you to be aggressive, defensive and slick in every way.

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  7. I had an accident at the intersection of 75 and 101 in 2011 I was going straight through and a another car turning left hit me and I was in the wrong according to my insurance.

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  8. Naila Jina Naila Jina says:

    All of you saying that an independent witness will not help you are incorrect. I was in a situation when clearing the intersection after the light turned red and another vehicle decided to speed through the red. It took a while but I was cleared and my deductible returned to me; full onus going on the other driver.
    I was certain I was going to take the hit for it as I was turning left regardless but my insurance company fought it on my behalf and it was the independent witness that took the moment to give us both her information that made all the different. Grateful for that witness… and that there were no injuries of course.

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  9. The rule, I believe, is you are not to enter the intersection unless you can clear it and complete your left turn. Of course, no one does this, as traffic would crawl if you didn’t ease into the intersection to try get through, but it’s still TECHNICALLY illegal.

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  10. All the people saying a witness won’t help are wrong. If you do find a witness that says the other person ran the red light it will definitely help. Generally the onus is on the left turning vehicle except when the other person has a red light. But you will have to prove it.

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  11. I had the same thing happen… lady was looking down lighting a cigarette and ran the light… I was initially charged in the accident… found a witness and was.cleared and she was charged.

    Good luck on the witness finding!! Don’t give up!! Ask for a court date to fight it… plead your case!!

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  12. If an ambulance was called by a 3rd party, see if you can have the call pulled to see if there is any indication there… may be police can assist with that ??? As all calls are recorded

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  13. How do you know the other driver sped up and ran the red light as you state and that the other driver did not enter on a late yellow? The HTA states the onus is on the left turning vehicle to ensure the turn is made in safety across the path of an oncoming driver. You also have the right under the HTA to clear an intersection if you become stuck in it on a red light under tort law. Having said that many of the insurance companies have an agreement in place called an inter company claims agreement and if the two vehicles involved in the accident are both insured by signatory companies than the driver of the left hand turn is 100% unless there is proof the other driver entered on a red. There is no law against entering on a late yellow. The onus of proof is on you to prove the other vehicle was speeding and without a radar gun or someone following him who can attest to speed than there is no way of proving that. A witness on the street cannot know for certain the straight through vehicle was speeding, he has the right to speed up as long as he is not speeding. Also you have to prove he entered on a red as you stated, which again without a witness who can give evidence to that there is no proof. Many times a driver will stop at a yellow but the one in the next lane will continue thus left turns should only be done when 100% certain that you can clear the intersection. Your deductible is not part of the claims agreement so you can always take that portion on your own to Small Claims Court and see what a judge decides but if companies are signatories to the claims agreement they cannot sue; they must go to arbitration. If there is a red light camera your insurance company may be able to request that information.

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  14. Evan Marcoff Evan Marcoff says:

    So… Your husband also ran this red light (not being through the intersection at the time of light change counts) and also did not yield right of way.

    For fuck sakes. People like you guys are the same people who also make the same left turn and run over motorcyclists because you “didn’t see them”.

    Everyone’s in such a rush, and this shit happens. You couldn’t wait at your stop line like a normal adult? Just had to squeeze one more through the intersection at the red to piss everyone off, didn’t ya? Hopefully there is a witness or a camera just to verify how you guys fucked up.

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  15. Should be a 50/50 responsibility. Happened to me too

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  16. You’re assuming the other driver ran the red. It may have been yellow. He has to clear the intersection. You have to be more proactive when driving.

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  17. Katy Cole Katy Cole says:

    Had the same thing happen to me and I hit the other car. I was turning left. Once the investigation was finished by insurance it was determined that it was 100% the other driver’s fault and they received nothing so don’t give up that he may be found not at fault in the insurance investigation even though he will have to pay the driving fine. This is why I wish they put red light cams at every intersection to catch people who do that.

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