Cedric Stephenson, Contributor
My friend Mike Webster, an accident investigator and reconstructionist, sent me an email and diagram (see graphic) from Google Earth after reading last Sunday's article, The right way to make a right turn.
"Your article," he wrote, "favours the car overtaking another car turning left to St John's Road. I have done several accidents at this location. The turn to enter St John's coming from the bypass — the A1 — is about 41 feet from the St John's Road exit. This junction does not permit overtaking.
"The driver going along the bypass admitted to his insurers that a vehicle before him was turning left on to St John's Road from the Spanish Town bypass and he proceeded to pass on the right. He should not pass on the right. He should have slowed behind the turning vehicle and not left his lane.
"I take it that he meant that he crossed the centre line and into the right lane. My take on this is that this driver also contributed to the accident. Measurements on the map are fairly accurate and can be verified by a visit to the scene."
I agree with my friend's conclusion: both drivers were at fault.
Thanks for supplying the details, Mike.
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