U-Turns and When Not to Make ThemRobert A. Solomon, P.C.
How U-Turns Can Turn Dangerous
U-turns are one of the best maneuvers a driver can make to save time. This little turn allows us to turn around instantly, and for many drivers, this turn is a habit in their daily lives. This maneuver is a wonderful time and distance saver, but what it brings us in convenience it also brings in potential danger. U-turns, while they are legal, have many rules about them and how they can be performed. It’s important to follow these rules to prevent an accident from happening, but for some, these rules are not known, so it’s hard to know just when an accident can be done.
Making a U-turn is simple, and so is causing an accident. When you are injured in a vehicle accident, call a personal injury lawyer to see what can be done for you and your injuries.
When Are U-Turns Not Allowed?
While it would be nice and convenient for U-Turns to be acceptable in all areas possible, this simply isn’t the case, and for good reason. U-turns are sort of a special maneuver, and so it’s important to know when you can and cannot make them. U-turns cannot be performed at:
The crest of a hill or in a curve: It’s not legal to make a U-turn at the crest of a hill or while you are in a curve for the specific reason that other drivers cannot see you making this maneuver until it is too late. U-turns are often not a quick maneuver, and so if a car cannot see you until they are right on top of you, an accident is more than likely going to occur.
Where signs strictly prohibit it: If there is a sign at an intersection saying that you cannot make a U-turn, don’t make a U-turn. These signs have been placed for a reason, and when you disregard them, it makes the chances of an accident more likely to happen. Often, when an area does not allow U-turns, it’s because there is not enough space to do so, because there is too much traffic in the area, or the maneuver cannot be completed in a safe amount of time. If a sign says not to make a U-turn, don’t make a U-turn.
Near a school bus: School buses have many rules surrounding them, and one of them is that you cannot make a U-turn around them. When we make U-turns, we cannot see completely around us, which means we can end up hitting a child who is coming to or leaving the bus. If you find that you need to turn around and you are near a school bus, either make a legal turn and then turn around away from the bus or go past the bus until you are far enough away to make the U-turn safely. It’s more important to keep others around you safe than it is for you to make your U-turn immediately.
East Coast Vehicle Accident Lawyers
U-turns are maneuvers that are useful, but can cause issues if performed in the wrong place. When accidents happen because of U-turns, drivers can end up with injures that will need attending to. If you were hurt in a U-turn accident, call the lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert A. Solomon of Metro Law. Our team can handle your case while you focus on healing, and we will fight to get you the compensation you need to help you heal without worry. Call our office today to see how we can help you at (800) 469-6476.