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When a passenger vehicle is involved in a wide-turn truck accident, the damage to the passenger vehicle is often extensive and the occupants of the vehicle often suffer catastrophic injuries, particularly if the passenger vehicle gets caught beneath the truck’s trailer. If a wide turn causes a head-on collision from the truck veering into oncoming traffic, an accident can result in tragic fatalities. Unfortunately, any time a large commercial truck is turning at a busy intersection or traveling in an urban area where the turn lanes are narrow, and there is limited space for the vehicle to maneuver, these accidents are surprisingly common. If a motorist is seriously injured or killed in a wide-turn truck accident, a skilled truck accident lawyer will assist the victim, or the victim’s family, with the claims process and secure the financial settlement he or she deserves.
Owing to the massive size of the average commercial truck, turns can be very difficult to navigate, particularly when driving through city streets and local intersections. Large trucks do not have the same turning radius as the average passenger vehicle, so when a truck driver needs to make a right turn, he or she often needs to do so from the far left lane. In some cases, a large truck will need to swing into an oncoming lane of traffic in order to complete the turn. Truck drivers are trained to know how to safely navigate these types of turns without hitting another vehicle. However, if a truck driver makes a mistake when making a turn, it can cause a serious accident. The following are common types of wide-turn accidents:
According to the opens in a new windowFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)opens WORD file , large commercial trucks require approximately 55 feet of space in order to safely complete a turn, and truck drivers are required to signal 100 feet before making a turn. In addition, owing to their high center of gravity, large trucks must maneuver these turns at a safe speed, or they run the risk of tipping over if the truck is going too fast when making a sharp turn. There are a range of factors that can cause a wide-turn accident. In most cases, the truck driver is somewhat responsible for the accident, although there are a number of other parties who may also be liable, including the truck company and the truck manufacturer. This type of accident can also occur if a motorist in the vicinity is distracted or not paying attention and fails to notice the truck driver signaling his or her intention to make a turn. The following factors can significantly increase the risk of a wide-turn truck accident:
There are a number of parties that may be liable for a truck accident, including the truck driver, the truck company, the manufacturing company, and the loading company. However, when it comes to wide-turn accidents, it is usually caused by some type of driver error. Making a wide turn requires the truck driver to pay close attention to other motorists in the vicinity, use the appropriate turn signals, check all blind spots, and use extreme caution while making the turn. Common wide-turn errors include the following:
Many of these common errors are more likely to occur if the truck driver is speeding, distracted, or driving recklessly. A skilled truck accident lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation and determine who is responsible for causing the accident.
There is no question that truck accidents, including wide-turn accidents, are some of the most devastating accidents, and it is usually the occupants of the passenger vehicles who suffer the most severe, often fatal injuries. If it is determined that the truck driver made a negligent wide turn, the injured victim may seek financial compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver or the truck company. The victim may be eligible for the following damages:
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a wide-turn truck accident, you are urged to contact the Los Angeles truck accident lawyers at ACTS Law at your earliest convenience. We will investigate the events leading up to the accident, determine all liable parties that are responsible for causing the accident, and walk you through every step of the claims process. If the driver made a negligent wide turn, we will protect your legal rights and fight to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 833-ACTS-LAWopens phone dialer or contact us online. With offices located in Los Angeles and San Diego, we serve clients throughout Southern California.
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