Don’t Cut Corners! Left-Hand Turns Are Dangerous


A study by the NYC DOT found left-hand turns can be significantly more dangerous than right hand turns. This puts runners, bikers, and walking pedestrians at a higher risk of being hit when drivers cut corners. The DOT report finds that pedestrians and bikers are killed or severely injured by left- turning vehicles at three times the rate of those hit by right turning vehicles. Studies show most of these left-hand turn accidents occur at intersections with crossing signals or with turns from way way streets because of blocked visibility and a wider turning radius.

A Change:

In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians and 726 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes across the country. In addition, 36 percent of fatal accidents involving a motorcycle involve a left-hand turn in front of a motorcycle. Since the start of 2016, fatality and injury rates are improving because intersections have added mechanisms. Left-hand turns are risky because the driver is attempting to drive across oncoming traffic.  Poor judgement or a compromising visibility, makes a left-hand turn that isn’t controlled by a traffic arrow dangerous.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, the personal injury lawyers at Goidel & Siegel, LLP, may be able to help and obtain financial compensation for you.

Study Finds Left-Hand Turns Are More Dangerous Than We Think

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