Is it legal to park at a corner? By that I mean right at the corner, your bumper right at the edge of the intersecting street.
I ask because today I got in something of a close call. I was going down a residential street where I had a stop sign. The intersecting street had no stop sign, and there was a large work truck parked right up to the corner, completely blocking my view of the intersecting road. I could see behind it a bit down the road and to my right was clear.
There were school children walking home, and crossing the intersecting street, so I stayed stopped until they were all done their crossings, and had been keeping my eyes on what I could see behind the truck to my left to see if any vehicles were going to get behind it. No one came, and after all the children crossed and were walking away I waited a little to see if anyone was coming out from behind the truck.
No one came, so I creeped forward, peered as best I could around the truck, looked right and all was clear. Started to go and heard a honk from my left as I was turning to look (whenever I cross an intersection I look left, then right, then left as I start to go). Must have been stopped there as it was going very slowly and I didn`t see anyone get behind the truck.
Anyway, I stopped immediately, as did she both with plenty of distance to spare, but it was quite a shock! So is it legal to park on a corner like that? Especially when it`s a truck which will be blocking the view of the road? Also, what should I have done to be more safe? I felt very uncomfortable with the situation as soon as I reached the intersection. I didn`t like being so blind like that on a corner where intersecting traffic has no stop sign, especially with children around.
Here in California, there appears to be no law setting a specific distance from the intersection: (In practice, curbs near intersections are often painted red to prohibit parking.)
of an intersection. Least in Georgia and I think in washington. It is a rule that makes complete sense (for the reasons you just outlined).
peeve) and what`s worse, they get away with it. They really do deserve hefty parking ticket$$$.
places in BC or Canada). There are places where there are no signs or curb markings indicating the restriction, and unknowing visitors have gotten rental cars towed from what they thought was a legal parking space (unpainted curb, no sign indicating that it was not allowed to park there, visitor from a place where there is no such restriction).
regulation. They really DO deserve huge tickets `cos their inconsiderate parking makes the intersections rather dangerous by virtue of severely restricting X visibility. visibility by parking dangerously close to intersections! In fact, common sense dictates not parking by an intersection or blind corner in the first place... necessary to make `em pay... The $40-$80 fine is pretty lenient considering how inconsiderate and dangerous it is to obstruct an intersection and/or its transverse visibility, at any rate.
Btw, I`ve had parking tix myself for obstructing the curb lane on through roads during rush hour. I deserved, and paid, both of them.
the corner block the view in a dangerous manner (i.e. blocks the view of someone who is yielding trying to see if there is traffic that does not stop). Also, the type of vehicle can affect what the necessary distance from the corner is (a big truck blocks more of a view than a motorcycle).
was not thinking though when I wrote that.