Even at low speeds, U-turn accidents can cause serious injury or fatality if the vehicle strikes a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Collisions with other vehicles can also cause serious injury or death to others in t-bone or head-on collisions. In almost all U-turn accidents, the driver making the turn causes the accident, because they do not yield to other motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists have the right-of-way. The driver making the U-turn is responsible to yield to traffic and wait for any traffic on the side to clear.  The main exception to a “turning” driver not being responsible is if they had a green light and another driver runs a red light, either intentionally or due to being distracted or impaired. 

Liability in U-turn Accidents 

Many of the U-turn accidents we see that are not in intersections occur when the “turning” driver is trying to make a quick left turn. In their haste, the driver may misjudge the speed of oncoming vehicles or bicyclists or may be distracted or fail to yield. Or they may simply not see the other party until it is too late.  In any case, U-turn accidents may require a special review to determine if the turn was legal if the turn was performed in a location where the maneuver was not allowed and if the right was red, yellow, or green when the turn was made.  

Personal Injury Liability 

When another driver’s negligence causes your injuries or a family member’s death, they may be liable for damages including medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and compensation for permanent disability. In fatal accidents, damages may include funeral and burial expenses, lost earnings the victim would have earned over their lifetime, and loss of love and companionship.  

Recovering Compensation in a U-Turn Accident 

Dana and Dana Attorneys at Law are dedicated to holding negligent drivers accountable for injuries or deaths they cause to others in Rhode Island. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable Rhode Island car accident attorneys fights to recover compensation following a left turn or U-turn accident. To speak with a member of our team about your U-turn accident case, call us today or fill out our case evaluation form. Phone and video consultations are always available.