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Left Turns Create Serious Risk to Drivers

October 14, 2019

USA- According to, left turns are one of the riskiest driving maneuvers in existence. Arabella Insurance Group reported that nearly one-third of their severe accidents, those causing $100,000 or more in vehicle damage and personal injuries, were the result of a vehicle making a left turn.*

The United States Department of Transportation writes that across the country, 53.1 percent of accidents involving the crossing of paths are caused by left turns. New York City's transportation planners recently stated that left turns are three times more likely to cause vehicle versus pedestrian accidents than are right turns.  

Most drivers will not be surprised that left turns present risks. The act of turning left is disruptive to the flow of traffic, and the left-turning driver must be on the lookout for pedestrians, motorcycles, and cyclists, all while trying to estimate the speed and the distance of oncoming traffic. In some instances, a driver's vision will also be impacted by the glare of oncoming traffic's headlights. In some cases, there might even be a large vehicle waiting to turn left in the opposite left-hand turn lane, making it difficult also to see the oncoming cars until they are relatively close.  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that nearly half of all car crashes in the United States occur at intersections, and the majority of those crashes involve a left-turning vehicle.

Many municipalities have found that changing the intersection structure can make left-hand turns less hazardous. Adding a left turn lane reduces accidents by nearly half, and adding a left-turn arrow lowers crash rates by just over 50 percent. Some experts even recommend eliminating left-hand turns completely. According to studies done by UPS, avoiding left turns can actually result in fuel efficiency in addition to preventing car accidents.

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