When you think of dangerous driving maneuvers, odds are you think about aggressive driving, speeding, tailgating and things of this nature. These all clearly increase the odds of a car accident, but the good news is that they’re fairly easy to avoid. You can choose not to drive this way.
However, one of the most dangerous things you do on the road is something that you probably do nearly every time you drive: Turning left.
A serious risk with every turn
Studies have found that the number of fatalities and injuries linked to left turns is disproportionate; in other words, this one maneuver causes more issues than other types of traffic maneuvers, clearly indicating the risk.
There are a few reasons for this, starting with the fact that a left turn almost always means crossing opposing traffic lanes. Even if there are no cars there, you have to cross the oncoming lane. At almost all other times on the road, you stay in your own lane, but this is the one time you intentionally leave it.
Next, left turns are often based on a judgment call from the driver. If another car is approaching, is there space to turn before they arrive? Drivers have to make this decision and, inevitably, they often get it wrong and cause serious accidents.
Have you been injured in a crash?
Even if you’re very careful when you turn left, there is always the chance that someone else will make a mistake and injure you. It may be time to consider financial compensation if you’re facing high medical bills and other costs.