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Illegal turns and traffic collisions

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Illegal turns are a common cause of traffic accidents. Making an illegal turn can result in dangerous situations that put not only the driver at risk, but also pedestrians and other people on the road.

Drivers must understand what constitutes an illegal turn, why they are dangerous and how they can lead to traffic accidents.

Examples of illegal turns

An illegal turn is any maneuver made by a driver that violates traffic laws and regulations. This includes turning left or right at an intersection when prohibited, making a U-turn where it is not allowed or performing a turn without using the appropriate signals. These turns are illegal because they disrupt the flow of traffic, increase the likelihood of collisions and can cause confusion for other drivers.

Illegal turns are dangerous for several reasons. First, they often catch other drivers by surprise, leading to sudden braking or swerving to avoid a collision. This can result in rear-end accidents or side-impact collisions, both of which can cause serious injuries and damage to vehicles. Second, illegal turns can create bottlenecks in traffic flow, causing congestion and increasing the risk of accidents due to impatient or aggressive driving behavior. One of the most common scenarios where illegal turns lead to accidents is at intersections. Drivers who attempt to make a left turn without a green arrow signal, for example, may misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic or fail to yield the right of way, resulting in a T-bone collision.

Preventing illegal turns

To prevent illegal turns and reduce the risk of traffic accidents, it is important for drivers to follow traffic laws and regulations at all times. This includes obeying traffic signals and signs, using turn signals when changing lanes or making turns and yielding the right of way to other vehicles when necessary.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that traffic accidents caused an estimated 2.5 million people to suffer injuries during 2021. By understanding the dangers of illegal turns and taking proactive measures to prevent them, drivers can help create safer roads for themselves and others. Remember, safety should always be the top priority when behind the wheel.