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The problem with looking right and turning left

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2022 | Car Accidents |

When you drive up to a stoplight, preparing to make a right turn, you’re probably looking to the left. If that light is red, then you have to wait for traffic to clear before you can make your turn. This means watching to your left until the lane is clear.

This is fine when you’re trying to avoid an accident with another car, but far too many drivers fail to ever look to the right. In their mind, there is nothing there that they have to worry about. That’s just the empty space that they’re going to turn into.

The problem here is that this means that a driver will initially begin driving to the right, in a direction he or she is not even looking. And that can lead to a serious accident if there’s a pedestrian in the crosswalk. The driver will never see the pedestrian at all and will likely strike them before they even know that there’s an issue. This is especially problematic with runners since they are moving so much faster than pedestrians, and so drivers may not even see them anywhere near the intersection when they pull up.

Pedestrian injuries are more severe

When a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a car, there’s clearly an incredible level of risk. The injuries that pedestrians tend to suffer are much more severe. A right-hand turn is one of the slowest maneuvers that any driver will make, but the fact that they are striking a pedestrian still means that catastrophic injuries can occur.

If you’ve been injured in a crash like this, or if you’ve lost a loved one, make sure you know how to seek financial compensation for your medical bills and other costs.