A U-turn has the potential of being one of the most dangerous maneuvers one can pull off in traffic, if executed illegally and with a complete lack of awareness.
Once you’re committed to the turn, you’re pretty much at the mercy of an oncoming vehicle, and in no instance is this scarier than when faced with a large semi truck coming your way.
We’re sad to see that the video description doesn’t mention whether or not the driver of the van made it out unharmed, or at least with non-life threatening injuries.
The van was hit right in the driver side door, and as far as we can tell, the driver of the semi didn’t even manage to slow down before the impact, making this quite the head shaking situation – it’s easy to assume the worst with these types of accidents.
In fact, the only way this crash could have been mitigated is if the driver of the semi somehow reacted to the van turning at the precise instant at which that started happening. It would have been tough, yet not impossible, at least not if you often assume that people tend to perform reckless and illegal maneuvers in traffic.