Woman Severely Injured in Crash on Woodville Highway in Woodville, Florida (FL)
WOODVILLE, FL- Wtxl.com writes that a woman sustained serious injuries in a crash that took place on Woodville Highway. The early morning incident involved three vehicles.
The victim, identified as a 34-year-old woman, was traveling northbound in an SUV. At Roy Woods Circle, the woman attempted to make a left turn. A sixteen-year-old boy heading in the opposite direction collided with her vehicle head-on. The impact caused the woman's SUV to rotate and veer into the northbound traffic lanes, where another driver struck the vehicle. The woman is reportedly in serious condition.*
According to AAA, left turns art incredibly dangerous driving maneuvers. When making a left turn, drivers have to use their judgment to determine the speed and distance of vehicles that are traveling straight through the intersection. There are cases where driver visibility may be compromised, making left turns even more of a risk. When making a left turn, AAA reminds drivers that they must yield to other traffic on the road and signal their intention to make a left turn a minimum of 150 feet in front of the intersection.
Not only do the left-turning drivers have to account for other vehicles, but they also must look out for cyclists and pedestrians who may be attempting to cross the street. Motorcyclists are often overlooked as well when drivers try to make left-hand turns. Left turns are sometimes safer at intersections that have traffic lights with protected left-turn arrows.
AAA advises drivers to consider making three right turns rather than making a left turn, especially in locations where there is no controlled left-turn arrow. Although avoiding left turns might feel like a waste of time, it is safer, and based on some research, can save fuel and travel time.
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