The U-turn can be one of the most dangerous actions in all of driving. Other than in parking lots or at a small number of intersections, U-turns are uncommon and therefore not expected by drivers. In most situations inIllinois, a U-turning vehicle must yield the right of way to all other traffic before attempting this type of maneuver – and it’s illegal in many areas.
Unfortunately, one driver in LakeCountyfailed to exercise the proper caution when making a U-turn, and two people had to be transported to a hospital as a result of an auto accident. On Thursday at about 10:15am, a 2008 Chevy Malibu was driving in Gurnee on Route 41, which is also known asSkokie Highway. The car was heading north in the right travel lane of the road near the intersection withDelaney Road when the driver tried to make a U-turn. In the process, theMalibu clipped another northbound vehicle that was in the left lane and veered into southbound traffic, where it was struck by a pickup truck carrying aChicago couple. The 84-year old pickup driver and his 81-year old wife were both seriously injured. The 56-year oldWaukegan woman driving theMalibu, who was also injured, was cited for making an improper turn, failing to yield while turning left, and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
If they choose to do so, the Chicagocouple could file personal injury lawsuits against the Waukeganwoman, who will probably be held solely responsible for the auto accident. A jury may order the defendant to reimburse the elderly couple for their hospital bills, ambulance charges, treatment costs, and expenses related to recovery and physical therapy. TheMalibu driver might also have to pay damages if either the man or the woman are unable to make full recoveries and are forced to live with disabilities or discomfort.