Officer Involved in Crash That Injured Two in Augusta, Georgia
AUGUSTA, GA- Wjbf.com writes that two people sustained injuries in a car crash this week in Augusta. The incident involved a Richmond County Deputy and a civilian vehicle. Reports indicate that the mid-afternoon accident occurred when the officer was traveling east on Broad Street and struck a Lexus sedan that was attempting to turn left onto 6thStreet.*
The officers tried to avoid the crash and ended up also striking a light pole. The officer and the other driver were both transported to the hospital following the crash. At the time of the accident, the officer was on his way to assist another officer.
The incident is being investigated by the Georgia State Patrol. The collision comes only one day after another officer from Richmond County was involved in a two-vehicle wreck. In the earlier incident, the officer was engaged in a high-speed chase on Gordon Highway. The officer tried to turn left at the intersection with Sibley Road. According to reports, the officer activated his lights and tried to make a left on a yellow traffic signal. The other driver struck his car as he turned.
Left turns cause many crashes. In fact, data indicates that more than half of all crossing-path collisions are the result of a left turn, while less than six percent are caused by drivers turning right. Crashes involving left turns are also a leading cause of deadly motorcycle collisions and are three times as likely to kill pedestrians as a right turn.
Even though many people realize that left turns are risky, they see them as a necessary driving maneuver. However, studies indicate that turning left is actually less efficient in many cases than making several right turns to get to the same location.
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