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U-Turns

New York U-Turn Accident Lawyer

U-turns are one of the most dangerous maneuvers a driver can make. Typically, they involve making a wide turn and crossing multiple lanes of traffic in order to proceed in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, when motorists fail to observe their surroundings, making a U-turn can cause accidents that result in serious injuries or fatality.

If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a U-turn accident, you may be entitled to compensation. With over 30 years of experience handling car accident cases, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. offers reliable representation to those who have suffered injuries in U-turn accidents caused by another driver’s negligence.

Causes of U-Turn Accidents

Making a U-turn can be risky — especially in highly congested areas or at busy intersections. Not only can the driver making the turn be hit by oncoming traffic, but they can sideswipe another vehicle if the turn isn’t sharp enough. A U-turning driver may also strike a pedestrian in a crosswalk or a bicyclist going in the opposite direction, if they fail to notice them.

Common causes of U-turn accidents can include:

  • Obstructed view
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Failure to observe
  • Inattention or distraction
  • Texting or cell phone use
  • Judgment errors


Although U-turns are allowed in many places in New York, they are expressly prohibited where signage is placed and in school zones. Specifically, in New York City, they are also not permitted in business districts. While a driver may be held liable for injuries they caused another to sustain as a result of making an illegal U-turn, they can also be responsible for injuries caused by their failure to exercise caution in locations where U-turns are permitted.

Liability can be complicated in U-turn accident cases. But even if you were partially to blame for the collision, you may still be entitled to monetary recovery for your injuries under New York’s comparative negligence rule. If your actions contributed to the accident, any recovery you’re entitled to receive would be reduced by your share of fault.

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. provides knowledgeable counsel and tenacious advocacy for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists who have suffered injuries in U-turn accidents. We will meticulously assess the evidence in your case and fight to ensure you obtain the maximum compensation you’re entitled.

Common U-Turn Accident Injuries

A U-turn accident can have devastating physical, emotional, and financial consequences. Depending on the circumstances, you may be required to undergo extensive medical treatment and lose a significant amount of time from work. U-turn accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries such as sprains, strains, torn ligaments, lacerations, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, fractures, broken bones, paralysis, and disfigurement. In severe cases, a U-turn accident can also cause fatality.

It’s vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a U-turn accident. Once your doctor determines the extent of your injuries, they will recommend a course of treatment which usually includes physical therapy and any other treatment they deem necessary. It’s important to make sure you adhere to your doctor’s guidelines — not only is it essential to follow your doctor’s orders to resolve your injuries, but also to establish the proof you will need to prevail in your personal injury claim. 

The personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. are committed to providing effective counsel and high-quality legal services to each client. We work determinedly to obtain a favorable result in your case — and to secure the compensation that is rightfully yours.

Trusted Advocates Working to Secure the Compensation You Deserve

Following a U-turn accident, no-fault insurance may cover up to $50,000 of the medical expenses you incurred in connection with the accident, and a certain amount of your lost income. However, your medical bills and lost earnings may quickly exceed the monetary benefits no-fault insurance provides. In addition, no-fault insurance doesn’t compensate you for the pain and suffering you may have experienced in connection with your injuries.

If your U-turn accident injuries satisfy New York State’s “serious injury” threshold, you may be entitled to compensation for your economic and non-economic damages by filing a lawsuit. By commencing a personal injury action, you may be able to recover your unreimbursed medical expenses, lost wages, future lost earnings, and out-of-pocket costs. You may also be compensated for the pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish you experienced in connection with your accident-related injuries.

At The Dearie Law Firm, P.C., we know that the aftermath of a U-turn accident can be a difficult, stressful, and overwhelming time. When we represent you, you can be confident knowing that you have an experienced lawyer who will strive to secure the highest verdict or settlement possible in your case.

Contact an Experienced New York U-Turn Accident Lawyer

If you suffered injuries in a U-turn accident due to another driver’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help ensure you obtain the maximum amount of compensation you deserve. For more than 30 years, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been representing victims of U-turn accidents and their families and achieving positive results in their cases.

The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has convenient office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as mobile locations serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact us at 1-800-2-DEARIE for a consultation.