The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that nearly 40% of car accidents occur at intersections. Many of these accidents transpired when a motorist was attempting to make a left-hand turn. Florida accidents, such as ones that occur when a person is making a left-hand turn at an intersection, can result in serious injuries to drivers, passengers, and bystanders.
Most Florida roadways have two lanes of travel; as such, most intersections have four lanes meeting in the middle. These intersections can be perilous because drivers need to be aware of traffic coming from several different directions. The NHTSA findings revealed that the majority of intersection accidents occur because of driver error. The top forms of driver error were failure to observe the intersection, incorrect assumptions about other motorists, continuing through an intersection with an obstructed view, illegal traffic maneuvers, distraction, and improper judgment. Many of these accidents occurred when a motorist was making a left turn.
There are many reasons why a left-hand turn is hazardous. The main reason is that drivers turning left often have to cross a complete lane of traffic after waiting for traffic from both directions. This driving maneuver requires quick thinking and swift movement. However, quick judgment is not always the safest, and those making a left-hand turn may not notice all of the vehicles and pedestrians approaching. Further, many people making left-hand turns mistakenly assume that an approaching motorist will yield to them. This mistake often results when an approaching car inadvertently leaves its blinker on or when the driver seems to be slowing down.