It seems that I can write about a serious car accident involving someone turning left in front of a driver every week. Too many serious crashes occur because someone is too impatient to wait until their path is totally clear to make a left turn. Last night’s serious car accident in St. Petersburg is not too much different, but it does have a twist –the at-fault driver was 84 years old.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Tyler Ahern, from St. Petersburg, was seriously injured in a car crash with an 84-year-old woman near Northeast High School. Mr. Ahern reportedly was driving west on 54th Avenue N shortly before 5 p.m. when he was struck by a Volkswagen EOS driven by an 84-year-old driver who was headed east on 54th Avenue N and attempted to make a left turn onto 16th Street when she struck Mr. Ahern’s red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, St. Petersburg police said. The impact from this serious car accident caused Mr. Ahern’s truck to rollover several time. Mr. Ahern was taken to Bayfront Health Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Some who read about this serious car accident may say that the age of the driver was factor. According to the article, investigators don’t believe impairment was a factor in the crash, but the investigation is ongoing. I know 84-year-olds who are fine to drive and other 84-year-olds (and younger) who shouldn’t be behind the wheel. So, in this particular accident, I cannot say of age was a factor. However, turning left in front of a vehicle was certainly a factor.
Whether you are 24, 44 or 84 years old, be smart when turning left. Don’t do it if there is even the possibility of a crash with an oncoming vehicle. Take a few extra minutes and wait for a better opening. Many times when a car turns left in front of me, I look in my rear-view mirror and see that there is nobody behind me so I ask myself why that driver couldn’t wait a few extra seconds to wait for the clear opening behind me.
Some car accidents may not be avoidable, but this serious car accident was. Had the driver waited a bit longer before making her turn, Mr. Ahern would not be in the hospital right now.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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