Car Crash Kills One on John Small Avenue in Washington, North Carolina (NC)
WASHINGTON, NC- Witn.com writes that a crash occurred on John Small Avenue this week that left one person dead. That collision took place in the late afternoon when the victim, identified as a 79-year-old Washington woman, was making a left turn off of Avon Road and on to John Small Avenue.*
A Nissan traveling westbound struck the woman’s Chevrolet sedan and pushed her car into another vehicle. Responders rushed the woman to the hospital, but she died a short while later from her injuries. The other driver, identified as a 24-year-old man from Washington, is facing charges for driving on a revoked license. No information was provided regarding the people in the other involved vehicle.
Left turns are incredibly hazardous. These crashes account for more than half of all crossing path collisions. The odd thing about left turns is that they are not really necessary in most situations. While drivers may find doing so strange, there are ways to avoid turning left by making a series of right turns. In doing so, a person can greatly cut down on the chances of being in an accident.
Additionally, the benefits of only turning right do not stop at safety. According to studies, drivers can save both time and fuel by not turning left. UPS has developed routes that avoid left turns. In avoiding left turns, the company has saved a great deal of money on fuel and lowered their emissions and delivery times.
Insurers, who compile crash data, state that avoiding lefts is a good idea, and also indicate that while counterintuitive, drivers can actually save time by making just rights.
While drivers may never fully avoid lefts, future vehicle-to-vehicle technology may at least greatly reduce the risk of crashes caused by this deceptively complex maneuver.
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