In the study by researchers in Oregon, drivers making a left turn did not notice pedestrians in a crosswalk between 4 and 9 percent of the time.

A new study finds that when turning left, many drivers fail to notice pedestrians. Scientists at Oregon State University used a 2009 Ford Sedan surrounded by 14-foot projection screens to put drivers through a variety of turning scenarios, as well as an eye-tracking device to find out what caught the drivers’ attention.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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