Aside from putting a vehicle in reverse and backing it up, a U-turn is one of the most dangerous maneuvers that a driver can execute. A negligently performed U-turn in Philadelphia traffic can cause accidents with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, cars, busses and trucks. Any legal U-turn that a driver makes must be carefully carried out in the right way. If an accident occurs in the course of a driver making a U-turn, it’s likely that the U-turning driver will be held liable for injuries and damages resulting from the accident.
Even when a driver is at a location where a U-turn is permitted, that driver must use due care and caution for others who are on or about the roadway. Here are some common causes of U-turn accidents:
Motorcycles present low and narrow profiles in traffic, and some drivers just don’t see them until it’s too late. In May 2020, a driver of a car attempted a U-turn before sunset at the intersection of Broad and Dauphin in North Philadelphia. A southbound motorcyclist hit the back of the car. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Drivers who choose to make a U-turn must use a high degree of care and caution. They must signal their intentions and properly estimate the time and space that’s required to make the turn so as not to interfere with anybody else on the roadway. If you were injured, or a family member was killed in an accident with a U-turning driver, don’t give any type of a written or recorded statement to the opposing insurance company. It will only be used against you sometime in the future. Pennsylvania law doesn’t require you to give such a statement anyway. Instead, contact our offices as soon as possible to speak confidentially with an experienced and skilled Philadelphia motorcycle accident lawyer who can help you understand the damages that you’re confronted with. Once we’re retained to represent you, our goal will be to maximize any settlement or award that you might receive.