Erie, Pennsylvania U-Turn Car Accident Lawyers

Jed Dietrich, Esq. and His Team of Elite Car Accident Lawyers Provide Our Clients with the Highest Quality of Personal Injury Representation Imaginable. The Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s Veteran Attorneys are Committed to Assertively Negotiating the Highest Settlement for Your U-Turn Collision in Erie, Pennsylvania.

U-Turn Signal Despite allowing motorists to turn their vehicles to drive in the opposite direction, U-turns are one of the most dangerous maneuvers a driver can make. It is hardly surprising that taking a sharp 180-degree turn in the shape of a "U" can result in devastating accidents. Anytime a driver hastily turns into oncoming traffic, approaching drivers may not have enough reaction time to be able to slow down. Naturally, U-turns can be difficult maneuvers to execute. When a driver misjudges the distance or sloppily performs the turn, he or she might end up needing to stop and reverse. Even if the U-turn is carried out perfectly, the vehicle may not be able to get up to speed fast enough to go with traffic. These types of situations can result in rear-end accidents, T-bone crashes, sideswipes, and even head-on collisions.

A broad range of injuries can arise from collisions involving negligent U-turns, such as fractured and broken bones, amputations, severe neck and back injuries, traumatic brain injuries, total paralysis, and even wrongful death. If you or a family member were unfortunate enough to be involved in a car accident caused by someone else's careless or reckless U-turn, you owe it to yourself to have the finest personal injury litigators in Erie, Pennsylvania, protecting your legal rights to compensation. Throughout his many years of practicing personal injury law, Jed Dietrich, Esq. has seen the life-altering consequences that U-turn crashes can have on a victim's life, ranging from permanent disabilities and disfigurement to severe physical and psychological pain.

We refuse to allow another's irresponsibility behind the wheel to destroy your way of life. Nothing gives the Dietrich Law Firm P.C.'s seasoned lawyers more pleasure than helping our clients to rebuild everything that they have lost. Negligent drivers and their insurance companies have paid Jed Dietrich, Esq. no less than $1,000,000.00 at least 44 times to resolve his client's lawsuits. With our superior performance in negotiating massive settlements and being awarded multi-million-dollar judgments, you can be confident that we will deliver the finest outcome. Please read our client reviews to learn why Jed Dietrich, Esq. has been repeatedly recognized by various legal institutions as a top rated attorney. Do not wait any longer to schedule your confidential, no-obligation case evaluation and consultation with our leading lawyers. We are available anytime, day or night, at 814-839-3939 or by completing our online consultation form. Our highly qualified team will always treat you with the respect and compassion that you deserve.

Common Causes Of U-Turn Crashes

U-Turn Prohibited Signal From time to time, almost every driver needs to conduct a U-turn to get to their destination. However, it is crucial to take into consideration that just because it may be legal to make a U-turn does not mean it is always safe. The one-eighty turn is more dangerous on multi-lane roads and busy intersections. Additionally, heavy traffic, higher speed limits, and poor lines of vision all significantly increase the risk of crashing. Some of the most prevalent reasons that U-turn accidents occur include the following:

  1. Making illegal U-turns in locations with signs specifically indicating "No U-turns";
  2. Impatient drivers taking U-turns in front of impeding traffic;
  3. Taking the turn from a complete stop or parked position;
  4. U-turning into the wrong lane;
  5. Carelessly or recklessly making a U-turn without looking first;
  6. Failing to yield the right-of-way for approaching vehicles;
  7. Attempting a U-turn under low visibility conditions and obstructed views;
  8. Using the middle yellow turning lane to perform a U-turn;
  9. Speeding drivers in the other lane; and
  10. Failing to use a turn signal.

While these types of accidents can happen for any number of reasons, most are easily preventable by driving defensively. Additionally, by becoming familiar with why U-turn-related accidents occur, you can help protect yourself. Drivers should always remain vigilant and avoid making dangerous turns. The safest U-turns can be performed on dead-end streets and in cul-de-sacs.



Determining Liability For Your U-Turn Accident

Pennsylvania law permits U-turns as long as they do not interfere with the flow of traffic, other drivers can see the car turning, and vehicles approaching from every direction are at least 500 feet away. There are many situations in Erie, Pennsylvania, where it is extremely dangerous to perform a U-turn. These turns are strictly prohibited anytime there is a sign indicating these turns are not allowed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike and other major highways. In cases where the driver made an illegal U-turn and violated a statute, he or she can be found negligent per se or intrinsically negligent. Additionally, in most of the collisions involving U-turns, the driver making the turn is considered responsible, especially in cases where they were distracted and disregarded oncoming vehicles. The turning driver has the duty of care to ensure that the U-turn is performed safely.

However, in some situations, the blame could fall on the motorist who hits the U-turning car. For instance, if you noticed a vehicle attempting to U-turn and decided to accelerate through the intersection. It is the responsibility of the court to determine liability based on the specific facts of each case. Liability will primarily depend on each driver's actions and whether they acted in a reasonably safe manner. If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver, his or her insurance company might argue that the driver conducted the turn legally. The insurance adjusters may even try to blame you for speeding. Often, both drivers may share some of the responsibility for U-turn collisions. The Commonwealth adheres to a 51 percent comparative negligence rule, meaning you can obtain compensation if you were 50 percent at fault or less.

Not all personal injury attorneys are created equal. Just because someone is a lawyer does not mean that they have the legal knowledge to successfully litigate your U-turn car accident case. It is imperative to have a highly experienced car accident lawyer fighting for you. Jed Dietrich, Esq. founded the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. in 2005 with a dream of providing his clients with the very best of personal injury representation. In Jed Dietrich, Esq.'s nearly 2.5 decades of practicing law, he has amassed well over $175,000,000.00 in total compensation for accident victims. The Dietrich Legal Team's seasoned litigators know exactly how to aggressively and properly pursue your U-turn crash case. Our top rated team is available to schedule your free consultation twenty-four-seven, three-sixty-five at 814-839-3939 or by completing the online consultation form.

Call the Dietrich Law Firm P.C. immediately at 814-839-3939 so that our aggressive, tenacious, and hardworking personal injury lawyers can fight to obtain the best result for your personal injury claim in Erie, Pennsylvania. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there is never a fee until we WIN for you!

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