You’ve often slowed down at the scene of a crash at Vivion Road and Oak Trafficway, wondering why so many people have difficulty following traffic laws in that intersection. The left-turn lane can seem like death alley at peak high-traffic hours. It’s these types of accidents that are likely to cause serious brain damage.
Left-Turn Crashes Are a Common Sight at Busy Intersections
There are a number of ways drivers can cause accidents while attempting a left turn. In most cases, the person who is struck had the right of way. Often, these intersection crashes are caused when drivers:
- Attempted to turn even though their view was obstructed.
- Did not turn quickly enough to avoid traffic coming from the opposite direction.
- Did not properly judge how wide a traffic gap they would need to turn safely.
- Do not scan the intersection they are crossing for pedestrians, bikers, or small vehicles.
- Assume that other drivers around them will yield to their actions.
- Are talking on their cellphones, sending text messages, or are otherwise distracted.
- Are performing an illegal maneuver.
- Are driving too quickly or performing other aggressive actions.
How Can Left-Turn Accidents Cause a TBI?
Most left-turn accidents occur at low speeds, with one driver stopped and the other traveling under 30mph. As a result, many victims wrongly assume that they are fine after a crash, and neglect to get proper follow-up treatment. Many victims answer the basic questions asked by emergency medical responders and show no outward signs of injury, so they believe they have been lucky. However, many victims begin to deteriorate over the next few hours, suffering cognitive problems, trouble sleeping, or even slip into a coma.
Since it is better to be safe than sorry, all accident victims who suffer head trauma should get an imaging scan of the brain—such as CT scan or MRI—following the crash. Find out more ways you can help protect someone you love after a head injury in our free book, Brain Injury Survivor's Guide. Click the link at the top of this page to begin reading!