The safest place to make a U-turn is when your vehicle is out of the flow of traffic – like in a parking lot, on a cul-de-sac, or within a large driveway. Trying to execute a U-turn in the roadway can be dangerous, because not only are most motorists not expecting you to do it, but most roads are generally not designed for facilitating safe U-turns.
Sadly, a botched U-turn in Springfield resulted in an unscheduled trip to the hospital for two people. Just before 3:15pm on Wednesday afternoon, a 67-year old woman from Brownstown was driving south on Sixth Street, which turns into Interstate 55 about a mile south of Stevenson. Apparently, the woman did want to merge onto the interstate, because she attempted a U-turn on Sixth Street. That’s when her vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler. Both the woman and her passenger, a 65-year old man from Shobonier, were injured enough to require transport to a Springfield Hospital. The driver of the semi was unhurt.
It’s pretty obvious that the Brownstown woman is responsible for this auto accident. Since all drivers in Illinois are responsible for the safety of their passengers, the Shobonier man has grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the woman. If he were to file such a suit, he could be eligible for reimbursement of medical expenses, including ambulance charges, hospital and treatment costs, and even physical therapy sessions that are necessary to make a full recovery. He may also be compensated for any unearned wages from work absenteeism due to the auto accident, and perhaps even monetary damages for pain and suffering.
What the woman probably should have done is merge onto I-55, taken the first exit, made two left turns, and reentered the interstate, which would have taken her back to the spot where she tried to make the U-turn.