Windsor police are investigating a Wednesday morning collision in which a car collided with a motorcycle while attempting to make a U-turn at an intersection.
Witnesses reported that a BMW traveling westbound attempted to make a U-turn at the intersection of Prince Road and Dorchester Road on Aug. 2. As the vehicle turned, it collided with a motorcycle traveling eastbound, which sent the motorcyclist flying over the hood of the car. A passenger on the bike became trapped underneath the car.
The extent of the injuries to the motorcyclist and passenger remain unknown.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our accomplished Windsor motorcycle accident lawyers can help you determine your legal options. If you have a claim, we will work to obtain the maximum compensation you need for your injuries.
Ontario U-Turn Laws
U-turns are inherently dangerous in any situation, especially at intersections where there is traffic coming from several directions and there is much to pay attention to.
Although U-turns are legal, there are set guidelines for how and when drivers are permitted to make a U-turn.
According to the Ministry of Transportation’s handbook for drivers, drivers can make a U-turn unless there is a sign saying not to.
To safely complete this turn, motorists must be able to see well in both directions; you cannot make a U-turn unless you can see at least 150 metres in both directions.
Specifically, the law states that it is illegal to make a U-turn on a curve in the road, near a railroad crossing or hilltop or near a bridge or tunnel that blocks your view.
The handbook notes that the safest way to make a U-turn is to signal for a right turn and check your mirrors and over your shoulder before moving to the right side of the road. Once there, you should stop and signal for a left turn. If traffic is clear in both directions, you should move forward and turn sharply and quickly, continually checking for traffic while you turn.
Any failure to obey these laws or to be aware of other motorists on the road could not only lead to a potential fine from police, but could also lead to a collision involving serious injuries.
After a Collision, Contact our Windsor Car Accident Lawyers
If a motorist has caused an auto accident by acting negligently by failing to obey traffic laws or disregarding other motorists on the road, injury victims may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries and losses.
At Greg Monforton & Partners, our seasoned personal injury lawyers in Windsor are experienced in handling these types of accidents cases and can advise you of your legal options.
Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation with our team. Because we work on contingency, you will not be charged any fees unless we obtain compensation for you.