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Left turns and pedestrian accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 4, 2020 | Firm News

When it comes to pedestrian accidents, there are many risk factors that threaten the safety of those who walk, jog or even stand near traffic. Distracted driving, speeding, alcohol use and bad weather are associated with many pedestrian accidents, but there are other hazards that drivers and pedestrians need to keep an eye out for. For example, statistics show that left turns are especially dangerous for a host of reasons.

In addition, left turns are especially dangerous at busy intersections. It is paramount for the victims of pedestrian accidents to understand all of their legal options.

Investigating left turns and pedestrian accidents

According to the Federal Highway Administration, drivers are roughly four times more likely to collide with a pedestrian when they are making a left turn as opposed to making a right turn. The FHWA reports that drivers often have greater difficulty observing pedestrians when they are making left turns and these maneuvers are more difficult, especially for some elderly drivers. Furthermore, left turns are very difficult in certain areas and some drivers have difficulty paying attention to pedestrians while making an abrupt turn.

Investigating the details of a pedestrian accident

If you were struck by a driver while you were walking, you need to examine all of the factors related to the incident. If the driver’s negligence caused the accident and you are contemplating taking legal action, these details are very important. Often, certain aspects of a pedestrian accident influence the outcome of a case and a victim’s ability to secure the compensation that they are counting on.