The size and length of commercial trucks make them much harder to maneuver and it is not uncommon to see a driver clip a curb or miss the mark when making a wide turn. The difficulty of making wide turns also requires drivers to consider the safety of others on the road when attempting to make a wide turn and if driver error or a poor decision results in an accident, the driver and his or her employer may both be responsible for providing compensation to victims for their injuries. If you have been injured in a truck accident, it is your right to demand that the person responsible for your injuries make things right regardless of his or her intentions at the time of the accident.
Causes of Wide-Turn Truck Accidents That Injured Other Motorists
Underestimating the amount of space needed to complete a turn and failing to notice vehicles in the path of the trailer are the main contributing factors to wide turn accidents. The following scenarios are the most common.
- The driver moves too far to the left before attempting the right turn and strikes an oncoming vehicle. Head on collisions with trucks can be devastating and cause debilitating injuries and loss of life.
- When completing the turn, the trailer collides with a vehicle in its turn radius. Truck drivers must be careful to ensure that there are no vehicles in the path of the trailer before performing the turn.
- The driver miscalculates the turn. The majority of wide turn accidents are honest mistakes by the driver, but this does not excuse the driver from any liability. Truck companies insure their drivers for the purpose of being able to provide compensation to victims whenever a driver is involved in an accident.
- Influence of alcohol or drugs. Drug and alcohol abuse slows reaction time and affects the ability of a driver to make sound judgments. Whenever a driver who is involved in an accident is found to be under the influence, it is important to seek justice so that he or she may never be allowed to injure others due to this reckless and irresponsible behavior.
Injuries Caused by Trucks Who Cause Accidents When Making Wide Turns
Even at lower speeds, trucks are capable of exercising extreme amounts of force and pressure during an accident. The injuries endured by victims can be painful, life threatening and catastrophic. Examples of injuries that are common in wide turn truck accidents include the following.
- Deep lacerations and cuts from broken or shattered glass or sharp metal. These injuries may result in the need for amputation if they are especially severe or become infected.
- Traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and neurological disorders resulting from injuries to the head or face.
- Broken or shattered bones which often require multiple surgeries and extensive therapy to treat and recover from.
- Temporary or permanent paralysis. The cost of living with paralysis is great and victims’ families should not need to endure an additional financial burden while taking care of their loved ones.
- Wrongful death. When the victim dies from his or her injuries, the family may be able to receive compensation representative of the income he or she provided to the family as well as the emotional loss the family has endured.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you have rights and may be entitled to recover compensation for your injuries, wages lost due to being unable to work, pain and suffering or the loss of a loved one. If your injures are severe and life changing, you may also be entitled to compensation for the cost of ongoing care or therapy. Contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today to arrange a free consultation with one of our attorneys so that you may learn more about your rights and legal options.
Our team has access to the medical professionals, accident reconstruction specialists and economists needed to not only make your case for you but ensure that you also receive quality medical care throughout your recovery. If we are unable to win your case or negotiate a settlement on your behalf, you will not be required to pay a thing for our services. We only get paid when we collect compensation on your behalf.