Simply put, a U-turn happens when a driver turns to the left in order to head towards the direction opposite to its previous one. To understand the dangers of U-turns, you have to take into account the following two facts:
This is why U-turns are often deemed illegal. Driving manuals also advise against U-turns in situations where you are not visible to other drivers from a distance of 500 feet. Curves and hilltops are, therefore, the worst places for these turns.
In New York, U-turns are prohibited in the following places:
A motorist trying to complete a U-turn in city traffic in the absence of a green light left turn arrow can quickly become a collision hazard while trying to merge into oncoming traffic. The six most common accidents emerging from U-turns include:
The first thing to consider is whether U-turns are prohibited at the spot where you are planning to make one. Once you have that out of the way, here are a few things to keep in mind:
An unsafe U-turn can dramatically increase the chances of a multiple-vehicle collision. The car making the U-urn can be hit by one vehicle coming straight, which can then be hit by another, creating a cascade of collisions. In these accidents involving multiple impacts, determining liability can be extremely complex and might fall to a jury decision.
If you suffer an injury as a result of a U-turn accident, you would need to prove that another driver is legally liable. This can entail clearly establishing causation and negligence. Negligence, in this regard, entails the violation of traffic law in the form of reckless driving or attempting a U-turn where it is prohibited. You would need to establish that the negligence of the other driver directly caused your injuries.
Gathering evidence can be extremely important in establishing liability. This is where the legal help of a New York car accident lawyer experienced in personal injury cases can really matter. The lawyers at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP can provide valuable legal advice and support in this matter.
Several different injuries can be caused by U-turn accidents. The initial impact during a crash can jolt the driver and passengers and slam them against the vehicle chassis, each other, or deployed airbags. Loose items can collide into occupants. Cars can roll over and occupants can get ejected in some high-speed crashes, causing even more damage and trauma.
Injuries sustained in U-turn accidents can include:
Treating these injuries can be expensive. Often, the largest component of car accident claims is constituted by the costs of rehabilitation and hospital care. Insurance companies can try different tactics to avoid paying the requisite amounts. They can deny the validity of the claim or absolve the policyholder of any wrongdoing or responsibility. It is important to remain smart and avoid saying things that can jeopardize your claim. This is one important reason why you should have a smart, experienced New York car accident attorney in your corner.
According to New York law, you can seek compensation, both economic and non-economic for your losses. Suing for punitive damages can also be an option in some cases when the contact of the defendant has been particularly egregious.
Economic compensation can help cover for:
According to New York State Insurance Law 5102, severe accidents can be enough cause for non-economic damages. These are usually expected to cover:
If the defendant is shown to have displayed a reckless disregard for human life or severe negligence, a jury might choose to award punitive damages. These are usually a multiple of the monetary value of the compensation.
In the aftermath of an injury or death resulting from a U-turn collision, it is important to embrace the right legal strategy for compensation. The fine details and nuances of the New York legal system need to be navigated with skills and poise. A competent car accident attorney can guide you through the process and ensure that you stand the best chance of receiving compensation. At Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP, we have decades of experience and a top team of skilled and committed lawyers who can help you establish a robust case for maximum compensation. Get your case evaluated by our team immediately by filling out our online contact form or giving us a call at (800) 660-2264. You do not have to pay anything to us until we obtain financial compensation for you from the at-faulty party.
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