According to local police, a 58-year-old man was killed in a car accident in Thomaston when he was likely attempting to make a U-turn. The afternoon accident happened on Grace Avenue near Weigt Court. The 58-year-old man was traveling eastbound on Grace Avenue and was on the eastbound shoulder of Grace Avenue shortly before the accident happened. The man’s 2013 Chevrolet Sonic was subsequently struck on the driver’s side by an eastbound 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan driven by a 29-year-old man.
The 58-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The 29-year-old driver of the Volkswagen Tiguan was also transported to a hospital for treatment, but his injuries were not life-threatening. The identity of the 58-year-old man has not yet been released pending notification to the victim’s family.
The Dangers of U-Turn Accidents
Making a U-turn can be a convenient way to quickly change directions while driving. However, making U-turns can also be dangerous. While some streets have signs that indicate drivers can make a U-turn from a left lane, many streets have “no U-turn” signs. When making a U-turn, drivers typically do so from the left lane when there are multiple lanes of traffic. Drivers who make left turns from any other lane run the risk of being struck by a vehicle.
Additionally, many drivers making U-turns are in a hurry, which can impede a driver’s judgment to safely make the U-turn so long as there are no laws prohibiting U-turns at a street or intersection. Being in a hurry and attempting U-turns from lanes other than the lane furthest to the left poses the risk that an accident will happen that may result in severe injuries or death.
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