Often, commercial trucks have signs on them warning "wide turns." This is because these large vehicles, many of which weigh more than 80,000 pounds when loaded, have huge blind spots along the rear sides and at the back. A collision can result in the driver of a car or its passengers being crushed and killed by the truck. Big rigs require more room to make a wide turn. If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a truck accident in the Dallas area, the lawyers at Feizy Law Office may be able to help you seek the damages that you need.Bringing a Negligence Claim Based on an Excessively Wide Turn
Large trucks usually have warning signals or signs to indicate their frequent stops and to keep other vehicles out of their blind spots. In a right turn, a truck must swing left before turning right so that the truck's trailer is able to follow the cab. The largest trucks require the most room and must swing furthest out. Unfortunately, some motorists, bicyclists, and motorcycle drivers misunderstand and think that the movement to the left is a chance to pass the truck to the right. The truck driver cannot see the movement at the far right of the trailer, and the truck "squeezes" the motorist between itself and the curb in what is called a "squeeze play."
Even if the truck driver is turning slowly, the results of a wide turn accident may include broken bones, organ dysfunction, cognitive impairment, traumatic brain injury, severed limbs, spinal cord damage, and permanent disfigurement. The accident victim or the victim’s family can potentially sue the truck driver and sometimes the driver’s employer to recover both economic and noneconomic damages.
Truck drivers must undergo training to maintain a commercial driver's license, and this process includes instruction on how much room is necessary to make a safe turn and how to check a blind spot on the right of the vehicle. If the driver swings too far left or fails to check a blind spot, this may result in liability. Moreover, a trucking company or other employer often can also be held responsible. Under a theory of vicarious liability, a trucking company may be indirectly liable to an accident victim if its driver was on the job doing an activity for the employer's benefit at the time of the accident.
Trucking companies owe a duty to others on the road to properly train their drivers. A company's failure to provide adequate training on wide turns, when a driver's inability to make a proper wide turn later results in a serious injury or death, is a breach of the trucking company's duty of care. Holding a trucking company directly liable for a wide turn accident can be helpful because a truck driver's individual liability policy may not provide the broad scope of coverage necessary to ensure full compensation for an accident victim. Trucking companies generally carry policies with greater limits, and their direct involvement means that a lawsuit is more likely to be litigated fully, but it also may mean that an accident victim is more likely to recover the full range of any compensation to which he or she is entitled.Seek Legal Guidance after a Motor Vehicle Collision in Dallas
If you are injured or a loved one is killed in a wide turn accident, you may be able to pursue compensation from the responsible parties. Often, truck insurers and defense attorneys try to shift blame to the plaintiff, arguing that he or she was comparatively negligent, in order to avoid paying an appropriate amount of compensation. However, representation by an experienced injury attorney may make a big difference to Dallas residents hurt in truck accidents. Call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or set up a free appointment via our online form. We also represent accident victims in Arlington, Garland, Irving, Plano, and Fort Worth, among other cities throughout Texas.