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Traffic lights planned for unsafe Toronto intersection

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Auto-Pedestrian Accidents on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Pedestrians who use the crosswalk at Scunthorpe Road and Milner Avenue in Scarborough may be relieved to hear that traffic lights are planned to replace the crosswalk. The plans come after residents complained about safety at the intersection for a long time and after a senior died in the crosswalk.

On Sept. 5, 2013, an 88-year-old man was in the crosswalk on a motorized scooter when a truck hit and killed him. The accident horrified the 200 residents at Sts. Peter and Paul Senior’s Residence, where the man had lived. The residents are afraid to use the crosswalk, which one woman said that they have to use to go shopping, catch a bus or attend church.

Residents have complained about rising speeds on Milner Avenue, but a traffic study in October 2013 that tested traffic volume and speed did not find lights at the intersection warranted, even after the senior fatality. However, a March 2014 traffic study concluded otherwise. The report said that 139 pedestrians and 5,590 vehicles crossed through the intersection during an eight-hour period, in which 16 drivers did not stop for pedestrians even though they could have done so safely.

Despite plans to install traffic lights at the intersection, the deputy mayor advises seniors to take care while crossing. He says that too many pedestrians die at intersections with traffic lights.

In Ontario, family members who lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident could recover some of the damages and be entitled to other benefits. They might be able to recover the loss of household earnings and the cost of a funeral and the disposal of the body. Many pedestrian accidents are caused by driver inattention, such as not noticing a crosswalk, but benefits may still be available even if a pedestrian was partially at fault.

Source: InsideToronto.com, “Traffic lights to replace a crosswalk where senior fatally struck on Milner Avenue”, August 14, 2014

Source: InsideToronto.com, “Traffic lights to replace a crosswalk where senior fatally struck on Milner Avenue”, August 14, 2014