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Illegal U-Turn Accident Lawyer

U-turns are often a driver’s last resort when lost or in a hurry. Drivers who make illegal or otherwise unsafe U-turns put everyone on the road in danger. Drivers making U-turns have limited visibility for other vehicles and pedestrians on the road, and drivers in the oncoming lane of traffic do not expect another car to pop out of nowhere. Unsafe U-turns lead to serious accidents.

If your family has been devastated by an illegal U-turn car crash, you could be eligible for compensation. The auto accident attorneys at Dupée & Monroe have years of experience fighting for the rights of crash victims in New York’s Hudson Valley. We work to get you and your family the recovery you deserve.

When Are U-Turns Illegal?

A U-turn refers to when a driver changes the direction of their vehicle while staying on the same road. A driver attempting to turn left into a parking lot may, for example, pull a U-turn in order to get into the opposite lane of traffic and have an easier right turn into the lot.

Under many circumstances, U-turns are perfectly legal. U-turns are legal when expressly permitted by signage, typically at an intersection, and they may also be legal at a green left-arrow or green light where not expressly prohibited. U-turns are not always legal, however.

New York State and municipal laws render U-turns illegal in many situations under which a U-turn would be unsafe for oncoming traffic, cross traffic, or other people on the road. U-turns are illegal when signage expressly prohibits turning left or making a U-turn, near a curve, and near the tops of hills, for example. In these situations, other drivers and pedestrians might not be able to see the turning vehicle, and an accident could occur. U-turns are also prohibited in school zones and limited access expressways, and they are strongly discouraged unless absolutely necessary on highways.

If someone makes a U-turn without legal authority, or they may make a U-turn incorrectly (from a lane other than the leftmost lane heading in their direction of traffic, for example), it puts that driver, their passengers, and everyone else on the road in danger. If you believe you were hit by a driver making an illegal U-turn, talk to an experienced New York crash injury lawyer to discuss your potential claims.

Damages Available After an Illegal U-Turn Wreck

If you or someone you care about was hurt in an illegal U-turn crash, you could be entitled to significant compensation. The New York auto accident legal team at Dupée & Monroe has dedicated years toward helping car crash victims and their families recover monetary damages for the harm they have suffered at the hands of negligent, aggressive, and reckless drivers.

If you were seriously hurt in a U-turn accident, you could be eligible for many different categories of damages, including compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills, past and future anticipated costs
  • Lost income
  • Loss of future earning capacity due to disability
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Wrongful death

If a driver’s actions were especially reckless, you might even be able to collect punitive damages, which are meant to punish a defendant for wrongful conduct. Talk to an experienced New York personal injury attorney to discuss your case and find out how much you may be able to recover for the harm you and your family have suffered.

Seasoned Hudson Valley Illegal U-Turn Accident Attorneys at Your Service

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident after a driver pulls an illegal U-turn or other aggressive or reckless driving maneuvers in New York, get help seeking damages from those responsible by contacting the dedicated and trial-ready Goshen personal injury lawyers at Dupée & Monroe for a free consultation at 845-294-8900.

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