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I was making a u-turn in rainy conditions. I pulled up to the next intersection, in which the lights were green, and the left turn lane had a green arrow. There were no signs saying a U turn was illegal, and in fact the U turn seemed completely reasonable, especially since there was a green arrow telling me I had the right of way. The weather was really bad at this point and so I proceeded to turn with caution. Not seeing any cars coming, I took my u turn. It was at this point I was struck by another car that was turning and making a right turn from the intersection. U can tell from the damage that the car was going way too fast for the turn and heavy rain conditions, because there was a huge dent in my rear passenger side door, and damage to her hood as well. The speed at which she was traveling can easily be shown to be reckless by the amount of damage that occurred. A slower driving car would have caused substantially less damage. In addition, if the driver had been paying more attention to the conditions and the road, she clearly would have seen my bright red car (which was in her direct line of sight) making a legal u turn. I was able to speak with the driver after the accident and learned that she was very upset because she was already late for work once again, and this accident was making her more late. While she did not admit to speeding around that turn, it is clear that she was driving out of control and too fast for the stated conditions. In my opinion, in looking back at the site and with the given road conditions, if the driver had shown caution while driving and not been driving recklessly over the speed limit, she would have been easily able to recognize my bright red car making the turn and would have had no problem slowing down to accommodate me.

The cop did issue me a ticket, however with this side of the story am i still at fault?

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Were you issued a ticket for an illegal U-turn? In what state are you located?

U-Turn laws can vary by state and even city. Some municipalities prohibit U-Turns by ordinance.

If you were cited for making an illegal U-Turn, then you probably were at fault. Of course, you're welcome to challenge the ticket in court.

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I was in louisiana and was issued a ticket for "failure to yield on a left turn (u-turn)". That quote is directly from the ticket.

A few things here: If she hits me, how is it my fault? Driving at the speed limit when it was pouring rain like that is still considered too fgast for conditions correct? If i can prove she was driving too fast for conditions, is it still my fault?

Also, she claims that she also had a green arrow. Why would we both have green arrows here? Is this a flaw in the traffic system?

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duski18 said...

If she hits me, how is it my fault?

It's your fault if you broke the law (i.e. you were somewhere on the road that you shouldn't have been at the time).

duski18 said...

Driving at the speed limit when it was pouring rain like that is still considered too fgast for conditions correct?

I'm

unfamiliar with Louisiana's vehicle code, but I would think that's

probably the case. That said, unless there were some skid marks

(unlikely in the rain), video evidence, or other witness testimony,

it'll be your word against hers, or, the officer who wrote the citation.

duski18 said...

Also,

she claims that she also had a green arrow. Why would we both have

green arrows here? Is this a flaw in the traffic system?

Again,

I'm unfamiliar with Louisiana's laws on the matter, but it may be that

you are not permitted to make a U-Turn from left turn lane at a

stoplight. That or you are to yield to any and all oncoming traffic. If

you weren't supposed to make a U-Turn at the intersection from the left

turn lane, then the two green arrows (both yours and hers) wouldn't be

in conflict at all. I've witnessed many intersections across the country

that operate in this manner.

You may, ultimately, review this situation with a Traffic Ticket Attorney familiar with Louisiana law. He or she should be able to tell you what you need to know. You can even speak to one by taking advantage of the free consultations that many attorneys listed in the FindLaw Lawyer Directory offer.

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duski18 said...

The cop did issue me a ticket, however with this side of the story am i still at fault?

Did you resolve this issue?

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