When behind the wheel, a situation can arise in a moment that can turn a regular trip into an accident. It only takes one inattentive or impatient driver for a crash to occur. Often, accidents affect crash victims for the rest of their lives. A collision resulting from one motorist turning right on red can be devastating, especially when one of the vehicles involved approaches the intersection at high rates of speed.
A car accident involving three vehicles occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Apr. 27 in Howell. According to Howell Township Police, an 81-year-old Howell man was driving a GMC truck north on Route 9 when a Honda Civic driven by a 74-year-old Howell resident made a right turn on red from Georgia Tavern Road into the truck’s path. The two vehicles collided.
The initial collision caused the truck to hit a curb. The truck traveled into the Stewarts Root Beer parking lot and struck a parked car as it overturned. The Honda Civic also traveled through the parking lot and struck the building. Two people inside the restaurant were able to avoid being hit by the car by moving out of the way. The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital for cuts to his face. The Honda Civic driver received treatment at the scene and refused further treatment.
At intersections fully controlled by traffic signals, many collisions occur because drivers attempt to turn right on red. Executing a right on red is not an uncommon driving maneuver. Motorists may prevent red on right accidents by checking the traffic approaching from the left, the left hand turn lane, and both crosswalks so the maneuver can be executed safely.
In the recent red light intersection accident in Howell, the people involved were fortunate to have only suffered minor injuries. Anyone seriously injured in this type of collision should speak with a New Jersey personal injury attorney to protect their rights and best interests.