Head-on and U-Turn Car Accidents
Head on and U-turn car accidents can be very serious, even deadly, for those involved because of the force of impact involved. Oftentimes, the injuries from these accidents can be very serious. If the vehicle is coming at you at a high rate of speed, and if it is a two lane road, there may not be any time to react to the collision before it is too late.
In addition, many head-on collisions occur because a driver is driving the wrong way without knowing it, either because the driver is drunk or because the driver is unfamiliar with the road and did not see the Do Not Enter sign before joining the road. There are also instances when people do an abrupt U-turn without signaling and create an accident. All of the above-mentioned car accidents can be avoided if a driver simply follows Washington State law.Washington State U-Turn Car Accident Laws
Washington State has very clear laws regarding cars driving in the wrong direction and U-turn car accidents. These two Washington State laws very clearly state the laws regarding these two kinds of accidents:
Passing vehicles proceeding in opposite directions.
Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right, and upon roadways having width for not more than one line of traffic in each direction each driver shall give to the other at least one-half of the main-traveled portion of the roadway as nearly as possible.
(1) The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.
(2) No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within five hundred feet.
Oftentimes, head-on collisions occur because a driver is simply driving too fast and too aggressively for the conditions. The driver will grow bored of being behind someone on a two-lane road and will attempt to overtake the other car but will do so with bad timing or at the expense of another car, thus resulting in a bad car accident of the head-on nature kind. If the driver had simply not sped too fast for conditions and stayed in their own lane, the collision would not have occurred.
U-turn collisions occur in many cases because the at-fault driver does not keep close enough track of their surroundings and fails to notice the vehicle behind them when they make the turn that is results in the U-turn. Or, alternatively, the conditions may not be well-lit, thus creating a driver who does not recognize their surroundings when the driver executes the U-turn and creates the accident.
Thus, the most common reasons for head-on or U-turn collisions are:
- Going too fast for conditions
- Not paying attention to surroundings
- Speaking on their phone
- Falling asleep
- Looking at their dashboard screen
In any case, both head-on collisions and U-turns result because drivers are simply going too fast for conditions or because they are failing to notice their surroundings closely enough, thus creating a serious accident that could be avoided.Common Head-On Collision Accident Injuries
If you have been in a head-on car accident, your injuries are likely very severe because these accidents can be quite serious in nature. The most common injuries are:
- Broken bones
In these kinds of accidents, the sooner you can receive medical care, the better because these are very serious and debilitating injuries. In these kinds of cases, it is best to immediately seek out medical care in the form of a doctor, chiropractor, or massage therapist. Imaging in the form of CT Scans and MRI’s are also usually recommended because these injuries are so serious.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been in a head on or U-turn car accident, you are likely experiencing a great deal of pain, discomfort, and anger at what you’ve been through because of another driver’s negligence. The at-fault driver’s insurance company may even attempt to blame you, in whole or in part, for the accident. If this is the case, you need an advocate who can help you prevail on your case.
Whether the at-fault driver’s insurance company has informed you of this may be debatable, but if you are able to prove that you were fault-free for the collision, you are legally allowed to recover the following:
- Money for medical bills
- Money for lost wages
- Money for pain and suffering
- Money for out of pocket expenses
If you do not feel you have had all of your questions answered, or if you have been offered a fair settlement, then feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your options.