ACCIDENT NUMBER 1 (ABOVE) -Failing to Yield
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THIS SCENARIO?
1- Vehicles 1 and 2 are both traveling westbound on the roadway.
2- Vehicle 3 is traveling eastbound, and drives into the LEFT TURN ONLY LANE - to turn left.
3- Vehicle 2 stops, or slows down, and gives permission to Vehicle 3 to turn left.
4- Vehicle 3 proceeds to turn left, which vehicle 2 allowed him to do so.
5- BUT...Vehicle 1, UNABLE TO READ THE MIND OF VEHICLE 2, continues on, and then struck Vehicle 3.
WHO IS AT FAULT?
1- VEHICLE 3 is at fault, guilty of Failure To Yield From Left Turn (or whatever charge is appropriate in your state/country)
2- Vehicle 1 was not obligated to stop
3- Vehicle 2 SHOULD HAVE NEVER given permission to Vehicle 3 to turn in front of him
1- Vehicle 1 is obligated, of course to pay attention while driving. However, Vehicle 3 “Failed to Yield Turning Left.”
2- Vehicle 1 had no idea that Vehicle 2 had given permission to Vehicle 3 to turn in front of them.
3- VEHICLE 2 SHOULD HAVE NEVER GIVEN PERMISSION TO VEHICLE 3 TO TURN IN FRONT OF THEM
WHAT LESSONS CAN WE LEARN?
Do NOT grant permission for people to turn in front of you if you are driving in a multi-lane road way!!
The drivers in other lanes HAVE NO IDEA that you have granted permission for someone to turn in front of you!
Do NOT try to be so “nice” - it may get someone hurt - or worse!
AS A MATTER OF FACT - IT WOULD BE BEST IF YOU NEVER LET ANYONE TURN IN FRONT OF YOU!
And remember - when turning left, it is difficult to judge oncoming traffic - especially if the oncoming vehicle is a motorcycle. Watch the video below.
OTHER CAUSES OF ACCIDENTS
TIRED DRIVERS - According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there may be as many as 100,000 crashes from driver fatigue each year, with an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 people injured, causing $12.5 billion economic losses.
CELL PHONE USERS - Several studies show cell phones are a leading cause of car crashes. It is estimated that cell phone distracted drivers are four times more likely to be in a car wreck.
But probably more than anything, that which contributes to car wrecks is DRIVER INATTENTION!
Deaths and Injuries on our roadways are mostly because we are simply not paying attention!
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER...TRUST OTHER DRIVERS.
NEVER ASSUME THAT THEY HAVE YOUR BEST INTERESTS IN MIND.