Three serious traffic collisions in the northern part of the Valley Sunday evening killed two people and seriously injured another, according to a Phoenix Police Department release.
A motorcycle driving westbound on Union Hills Drive was struck by a car going eastbound that turned left near 32nd Street in Phoenix, killing the motorcyclist.
Another motorcyclist was driving westbound on Union Hills Drive and making a left turn near 35th Avenue when they were hit by a truck driving westbound.
The motorcyclist was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries.
In Glendale, two elderly people were driving eastbound in a car on Bell Road, made a left turn and were struck by a car going westbound on Bell Road.
The elderly woman was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
TWO COMMON DENOMINATORS HERE:
- Left Turning Vehicles
The best advise I ever received regarding riding a motorcycle: Ride like you’re invisible (because to many drivers, you are).
For some reason, people often do not notice motorcycles, and we know, car v. motorcycle, the car always wins (meaning the motorcycle rider is always the one hurt much worse).
NO. 2: Left Turns. The law in AZ:
A vehicle turning left at an intersection has a duty to yield to vehicles approaching that pose a hazard to the path of travel.
Notice, this law does not mention the color of the light? It is not contained in the statute. Period. If you are turning left, make absolute sure that the turn can be made with safety, regardless of the color of the light.
Best wishes to the victims of these accident, especially at the start of this 2014 holiday season.