Some motorists try to execute U-turns when they wish to change directions and drive in the opposite direction. Many U-turns occur at intersections where a sign specifically permits them. However, some U-turns are risky or illegal and may contribute to a motor vehicle accident.
There are some situations where New York law motorists may not make U-turns because they would violate the Vehicle and Traffic Law. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers may not make U-turns if they are near the top of a hill, curve, or any other location where another driver may not see their vehicle from 500 feet away. Further, motorists may not make U-turns on limited access expressways or school zones. Of course, motorists are also prohibited from making U-turns where “NO U-TURN” signs are present. New York motorists should always familiarize themselves with the Vehicle and Traffic Laws, which govern the operation of motor vehicles on New York roads.
Even where U-turns are not expressly prohibited, a motorist who causes an accident while performing a U-turn can still be found liable. Given that motorists must always act reasonably under the circumstances, a driver who performs a U-turn without due care, thus causing an accident, may be liable for any resulting injuries. For example, this may occur if a driver failed to yield the right of way to other vehicles while executing a U-turn or if a driver attempted to make a U-turn in an area with poor visibility.
U-turn accidents may result when motorists violate traffic laws or are otherwise careless in their attempt to perform one, resulting in a potential accident. U-turn accidents can result in serious life-altering injuries including traumatic brain, neck, and spinal cord injuries.