The accident took place on a clear day at dusk, at an intersection of South McClintock Dr. and East Don Carlos Ave.
The collision report’s narrative says:
Vehicle #1 (Honda CRV) was driving northbound in the left lane of S. McClintock Dr. when it failed to yield making a left turn onto E. Don Carlos Ave. and collided with Vehicle #2 (Uber Volvo), which was southbound in Lane 3 of S. McClintock Dr.
After being struck, the Uber Volvo collided with a traffic signal pole, then flipped on its side and collided with Vehicle #3 (Hyundai EST) and Vehicle #4 (Ford Edge), which were stopped in traffic southbound in Lane 2 of S. McClintock Dr.
Looking at an accident photo published in the local news, which showed Uber’s Volvo flipped on its side, as well as damage to the Ford and Hyundai, we had assumed that this was an accident between the Ford and the Uber car, with the Hyundai as collateral damage.
Uber accident scene (Source: Local NBC News)
But it turns out that a fourth car, the Honda CRV not shown in the photo, caused the crash.
Reading the police report, Demler first noted, “This is a classic left-turn accident, where the person making the left is always at fault, no matter what mitigating circumstances may have occurred.”
Mitigating circumstances in this particular case are, however, worth noting.
It’s important to note that “traffic was stopped in the middle and leftmost lanes of southbound McClintock, on both sides of Don Carlos,” he explained. This was confirmed by both the left-turning (Honda CRV) driver and the Uber driver.
“As a result, the Honda CRV driver proceeded to make her left turn from the northbound left turn lane, since she didn’t see any vehicles coming the other way in the rightmost southbound lane,” Demler explained.
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