According to the Texas Crash Report, a driver was injured when another driver failed-to-yield right-of-way while making a left turn. It happened on October 20, 2022, in Murphy, TX at the 100 block of E FM 544. A gray Honda Accord traveling westbound at the 200 block of E FM 544 began a left turn to head south at the 100 block of Hawthorne Drive. While making this turn, the Honda, driven by 23-year-old Raahn Jackson, struck a Silver Ford Focus driven by Donna Carriglio-Nachman who was traveling eastbound at the 100 block E FM 544.
Making a left turn can be a dangerous maneuver. The Texas Department of Transportation reports that in 2021, there were 6,733 crashes reported Failed-to-Yield Right-of-Way Turning Left as a contributing factor. Of those 6, 733 crashes, 56 were fatalities, 322 involved serious injuries, and 915 involved minor injuries. This crash, like the majority of similar incidents, hopefully involved non-serious injuries. While there may not always be a way to avoid this type of crash, driver attention and preparing to take proper evasive measures is important. Most people think of a Driver Safety Course, also known as Defensive Driving, as something you do to help keep a traffic ticket off your record. But did you know that most insurance companies give a discount for drivers who take the course? That’s right, they discount the premium of your insurance policy because they know that keeping safety at the forefront of driver’s minds keeps their customers safer and reduces claims against their policies. If you haven’t considered taking a driver’s safety course, it’s quick, easy, and most insurance companies give you a premium discount. A win, win for everyone and it might prevent an accident and injuries.