Yesterday I saw something rather frightening and potentially deadly. In New Westminster there is a street that runs parallel to Columbia Street called Front Street. This street is used by big rigs to circumvent the stop-n-go lights on Columbia Street. Anyways, Front Street heading westbound under the parkade, there is a westbound straight through only intersection at Begbie Street (no turning into Casino and Quay entrance off of Front Street). The speed limit on Front Street is 30 km/h, but rarely does traffic move this slowly; more like 50 or 60km/h.
I was standing at the crosswalk waiting to cross over Front Street to go to the Casino. The light is green for the Front Street traffic. An 18-wheeler was following a passenger vehicle heading heading westbound approaching the Begbie intersection, when all of a sudden within 50 feet of the intersection the car slowed and made an illegal left hand turn onto Begbie. The 18-wheeler locked up it's brakes (good smoke show) and narrowly missed rear ending the car. I couldn't really tell how closely the truck was following the car, but I am fairly confident that had the car not successfully completed the left hand turn, there would have been a collision.
Who is to blame in this situation? Undoubtedly the truck-driver would have received a 'following to close' citiation, and the car-driver given a illegal turn citation, but I'm thinking, if I were a 18-wheeler, and there not supposed to be ANY turning, should I be at fault for wrecking someone who's turning left illegally?