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Unsafe U-Turn Resulting in a Queens Car Accident

| Apr 24, 2020 | Car Accidents, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Liability When an Unsafe U-Turn Resulting in a Queens Car Accident Seriously Injures an Innocent Person

There are many dangerous maneuvers that a motorists could make in a motor vehicle.  Some of the most dangerous maneuvers involve those when a vehicle crosses over or through another lane of traffic.  This is why intersections are typically the most dangerous places on the roadway.  However, vehicles making a U-turn effectively create an intersection when none exists.  Making any type of U-turn is a huge increase in risk and danger for a serious motor vehicle collision.  This is why an unsafe U-turn resulting in a Queens car accident could result in liability against a defendant.

Here at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. , our experienced Queens car accident lawyer knows that an unsafe U-turn could result in catastrophic personal injuries.  Victims who broadside a motor vehicle making an improper U-turn are effectively hitting a brick wall head-on.  The damages are almost always serious and devastating, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, broken bones, and many other debilitating and often permanent injuries.  In addition, passengers in a vehicle making an improper U-turn could also be catastrophically injured or wrongfully killed by a vehicle broadsiding them.  This means that passengers could have a claim against the driver of the car they are riding in if the driver is making an unsafe U-turn.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured in an unsafe U-turn resulting in a Queens car accident, ask our personal injury lawyers for a FREE consultation to learn what your rights to compensation may be.

Liability for an Unsafe U-Turn

All U-turns are dangerous, even if the roadway is particularly quiet or you are in a parking lot.  This is because the maneuver itself is just dangerous because a vehicle is rotating 180 degrees which exposes it to a side impact and creates blindspots around the turn.  At nighttime a U-turn is extremely dangerous because a motorist cannot necessarily see where he or she is turning unless the area is lit.

This is why New York Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits U-turns in certain areas.  This is under New York VTL section 1161, which provides under subsection (a) that “[n]o motor vehicle shall make a U turn upon any curve, or upon the approach to, or near the crest of a grade, where such motor vehicle cannot be seen by the driver or any other motor vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet.”  In addition, subsection (b) provides that “[n]o motor vehicle shall make a U turn within a school zone.”

Therefore, if a motorist makes a U-turn in an area where another motorist cannot see that vehicle for over 500 feet—which is more than five basketball courts or one and a half baseball fields or football fields—than that motorist has likely made an illegal U-turn.  This is particularly true on curves or in city blogs, narrow roads in Queens, and other areas nearby where far too many drivers make unlawful U-turns and risk serious injury to us and them.

Negligence Per Se: How Victims Can Use an Unsafe U-Turn Statute to Win a Case

Under New York law, when a statute is violated it could result in an automatic finding of negligence against the violator.  This is a doctrine known as negligence per se.  In order for a victim to use this doctrine, he or she must:

  1. Be within the class of persons protected by the statute
  2. Suffer a harm within the class of harms the statute sought to prevent, and
  3. Defendant’s violation of the statute caused the specific harm to the victim.

If these elements are met, it can help a victim prove liability and automatically focus on damages.  This is important because it is one less thing for a defendant to try to attack your claim.

Injured in an Unsafe U-Turn?  Call Our Queens Car Accident Lawyers 

Victims of an unsafe U-turn resulting in a Queens car accident should ask our lawyers at COHEN & COHEN PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS, P.C. for help how to defend their rights to compensation.  New York statutory law is clear on what types of U-turns are not allowed, however far too many motorists still take unnecessary risks and make U-turns in dangerous areas.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident occurring in NYC, Queens, Long Island, or anywhere in New York, ask our personal injury lawyers how we can help you by calling 800-247-8164 for a FREE case evaluation or use our convenient and easy-to-use contact us box available here. 

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