Tupelo Wide Turns
Truck drivers are held to the regulations and standards of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and are expected to operate their commercial trucks accordingly in a safe, cautious manner – even when just simply turning. If a truck driver does not pay attention when making a turn, other vehicles could be hit due to the wide turn, which could cause victims to sustain serious injuries. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident due to a truck driver’s wide turn, you should contact the Tupelo truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. As a large regional personal injury law firm of over 30 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, we represent people injured throughout the Mid-South and have been doing so for over 30 years. Due to our commitment to our clients, we have been able to recover damages in excess of $1.5 billion for our clients via jury verdicts, settlements, and judgments.
Establishing Liability for Accidents Caused by a Wide Turn
It is important to establish the truck driver’s negligence when pursuing compensation for a wide turn accident – which can be caused by actions ranging from speeding to drug use while driving – since the State of Mississippi places the burden of proof on the party seeking damages. To do this, you must prove that the truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable care and breached that duty, resulting in you sustaining injuries. Retaining an experienced trucking collision lawyer in Lee County can help you strengthen your case and protect you from possible accusations of comparative fault from the defendant. Mississippi operates under the doctrine of pure comparative negligence, so if you are found at fault by a jury, your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you.
In addition to the truck driver, you may be able to hold the trucking company liable as well. If the negligent actions of the truck driver can be proven to have occurred within the course and scope of employment, you may be able to hold the employer vicariously liable. Negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent training are additional actions that can result in a trucking company being held liable. For example, if a truck driver’s wide turn resulted in a collision at the intersection of Main Street and North Gloster Street due to the trucker not receiving the training to know how to avoid such a collision, the trucker’s employer may be held liable for negligent training.
Your injuries and losses affect the damages you may be awarded in a trucking accident case. For instance, if you suffered spinal cord injuries and were treated at a nearby medical facility, economic damages can cover the medical bills. Other monetary losses can be recovered via economic damages, such as lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Non-economic damages are awarded for intangible losses stemming from the accident, such as loss of consortium, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and disfigurement. An experienced truck accident lawyer in the Tupelo area will be able to explain all types of damages to which you may be entitled to recover under Mississippi law.
Explore Your Options with One of Our Experienced Lawyers in Tupelo
At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we know that 18-wheeler accidents caused by wide turns can leave you injured and put your family through financial hardships. Our firm is committed to asserting your rights to the fullest extent and fighting for every bit of compensation you deserve. Contact us by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to schedule a free consultation.