U-Turn Car Accidents
Making a U-turn requires the utmost care and attention. The potentially dangerous nature of these turns is one of the reasons some intersections prohibit drivers from making them. Motorists engaging in U-turns must yield the right of way not only to oncoming traffic, but pedestrians and bicyclists as well. Unfortunately, not all drivers obey these rules of the road, leading to serious accidents and accompanying injuries to those involved. When a U-turn accident is caused by another’s negligence, he or she should be held liable for the harm caused. Miami car accident attorney Robert Dixon of the Law Offices of Robert Dixon is dedicated to helping victims injured by a negligent driver pursue the compensation they may be entitled to in order to cope with the costs of recovery. Our firm represents clients in personal injury claims throughout South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. We also assist families who have lost loved ones in a fatal accident pursue wrongful death cases against responsible parties. If you have questions about your legal options following a U-turn car accident, please contact our office to set up a free consultation to speak with an attorney regarding your potential claims.Common Causes of U-Turn Car Accidents
Even legal U-turns can be dangerous if drivers don’t maneuver their vehicles properly, or pay attention adequately. Motorists must be careful to look out for pedestrians in the area, as well as use the correct lane of the road before making a U-turn. Common causes of collisions involving a U-turn include:
- U-turns at an unsafe or unsuitable location. Drivers may try to make U-turns from the rightmost of two left turn lanes, or from a space they are parked in, without giving warnings. Some drivers create dangerous situations by making a U-turn despite signs prohibiting them.
- Failure to yield or check surroundings.
- U-turns during inclement weather conditions, including heavy rain or fog as well as when sun glare is high, making visibility difficult.
When a motorist makes an unsafe U-turn and causes a collision, victims can suffer significant injuries such as broken bones, brain or head trauma, as well as spinal injuries. Victims may need financial assistance above insurance benefits to deal with the costs associated with such serious injuries, and legal action may be appropriate to ensure these victims receive the support necessary. A skilled injury lawyer can help you evaluate your legal options after a crash.Liability for Injuries in U-Turn Accidents
Engaging in an improper U-turn can lead to collisions with oncoming traffic, injuries to pedestrians or bicyclists, and may even involve multiple vehicles. Drivers who act negligently behind the wheel should be held accountable for the harm they cause to others. Personal injury claims based on negligence require that victims show that a defendant-driver has breached an owed duty of reasonable care, which caused injuries, and resulted in damages. For instance, when a driver does not yield to oncoming traffic, or makes a U-turn in a hurry without looking for a pedestrian, that action would likely be seen as an unreasonable breach of his or her duty to other road users. Once negligence has been established, a person injured in a U-turn accident can recover damages for property loss, hospital or doctor bills, future medical expenses, loss of income, changes to earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering.Attorneys for Miami Car Accident Victims
Permanent, life-altering injuries can result from a driver making a careless maneuver, and sometimes U-turn accidents can also be fatal. Robert Dixon, and the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon help victims and their families with legal action to pursue damages in the aftermath of a serious crash. Healing is top priority for accident victims, which is why our firm makes your legal representation our priority, from initial investigation into the cause of an accident until the conclusion of litigation where necessary. If you’ve been injured in a collision involving a dangerous U-turn, please call us at 877.499.4878 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about our legal services and how we can help. We serve clients in areas including Miami, West Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.