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Car Accidents Caused by U-Turns

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Negligent U-turns are a common cause of multiple vehicle accidents, accidents with oncoming vehicles, and pedestrian accidents in Chicago.

Car Accidents Caused by U-Turns

A driver must be extremely careful when making a U-turn and should be certain that the turn is legal. It is also important to yield the right of way to pedestrians and any oncoming traffic. Negligent U-turns are a common cause of multiple vehicle accidents, accidents with oncoming vehicles, and pedestrian accidents.

4 Common Causes of U-turn Accidents

Even if you are sure that the U-turn is legal, you must do it correctly and exercise caution to make sure oncoming traffic has passed and that there are no pedestrians. In addition, make the U-turn from the correct lane and location. Here are some factors that contribute to U-turn car accidents:

  • Making a U-turn from a wrong location: Some examples of such locations are parking spaces, locations where U-turns are not permitted, and the right of two left-turn lanes.
  • Poor weather conditions: Violent storms or foggy weather can reduce traction and visibility and contribute to U-turn accidents. Even when there is no rain or snow, weather-related accidents do occur. An accident may occur because of direct sunlight that affects a driver’s ability to see properly.
  • Failure to yield the right of way: Even though most of us are aware that we should look before we make a turn, if we are in a hurry, we may make an irrational decision and fail to look for oncoming traffic.
  • Failure to adhere to traffic rules: Many U-turn accidents are caused because a driver fails to notice or obey the traffic signal and causes a collision. A driver who fails to obey the traffic signal and causes a U-turn accident may be held liable for any injuries and property damage.

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