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U-Turn Accident Leaves One Dead, Four Injured in San Jose

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CA injury lawyerThere are numerous traffic situations where making a U-turn may seem like a good idea. Encountering unexpected traffic conditions, missing your exit ramp on a highway or a turn you needed to make on a city street, or simply realizing you are headed the wrong direction are all common scenarios which could cause you to attempt this type of traffic maneuver. While in general, U-turns are legal throughout California and throughout San Jose, there are situations where they are prohibited and could put you, your passengers, and other motorists at risk from car accidents and injuries.

Fatal U-Turn Accident

A U-turn accident recently occurred in San Jose, which left one person dead and others involved with serious injuries. The crash occurred just before noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the 800 Block of South Jackson Avenue. While police have yet to name the victims, traffic crash reports indicate that a Honda Accord headed south attempted to make an illegal u-turn north. As he stopped in the road, he was struck by a Chevy Trailblazer also in the southbound lanes.

As a result of the crash, both drivers and three passengers in the Honda suffered serious injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals, where one of the passengers died a short time later. It appears both drivers may have been somewhat to blame for the crash, which was the 44th fatal car accident to occur in San Jose over the course of the year.

Are U-Turns Legal?

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicle Handbook, U-turns are legal in certain situations. Drivers are permitted to stop and turn the other direction in the following situations:

  • In a residential area, provided there is no other traffic within 20 feet or there is a traffic line, stop light, or other signal protecting you from approaching motorists.
  • If you are on a public road, which is marked with double yellow lines and there are no signs warning against it or other traffic approaching;
  • If you are on a divided highway, where there is an opening in the center divider;
  • At an intersection, providing you have a green light or arrow and there is not a ‘No U-Turn’ sign present.

Even in these situations, it is important to use extreme caution to ensure no other vehicles are coming and that it is safe to make the u-turn. If you have any doubts, go to the next block or exit and make a standard turn, where you can then safely maneuver to get in your intended lane.

Contact a San Jose Personal Injury Attorney for Help

The Jachimowicz Law Group provides the legal representation you need when you suffer injuries due to the reckless actions of another driver. To request a free consultation to discuss your case, contact our skilled San Jose car accident attorneys at 408-246-5500 today.

 

Sources:

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/One-Dead-Four-Hurt-After-Accident-Involving-U-Turn-in-San-Jose-502286641.html

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/hdbk/turns

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