You likely know the general rules regarding rear-end collisions and left-hand turns when driving. Typically, in rear-end collisions, the driver in the rear is at fault. For left-turn collisions, fault usually rests with the driver who was turning left. While these generalities hold true in most California cases, some recent studies have shown that these issues are not as cut-and-dried as originally thought.
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have discovered a peculiar quirk in human perception that may contribute to rear-end collisions. It turns out that humans are only capable of detecting that a vehicle ahead of them is traveling slower if the difference in speed between the vehicles is greater than eight miles per hour. So, if a vehicle ahead of you is only traveling slightly slower than you are, you have a higher likelihood of running into it.
In another interesting revelation, traffic engineers are beginning to view the common layout of intersections as the major contributing factor in left-turn collisions. More than 40 percent of all auto accidents and one-fifth of all fatal collisions occur at intersections. To better protect drivers, traffic engineers are now looking into revising the standard intersection design in favor of something much safer.
While these studies may eventually result in safer roadways, unfortunately the old rules remain in effect. Unless the other driver was in some way negligent or in violation of Paso Robles traffic laws, such as having a burned-out taillight or running a red light into an intersection, liability still rests with the person turning left or the driver in the rear.
If you’ve been in an accident and have questions about liability, speak with Steven P. Roberts, Personal Injury Attorney today.