If a commercial driver's negligence in making a wide turn causes a crash, you have rights that should be protected. In many situations, both truck drivers and trucking companies put profits ahead of the public. There are federal and state regulations that they must follow, but unfortunately, they sometimes violate these laws and then try to conceal their wrongdoing. It is important to retain a Memphis truck accident attorney who understands how to obtain evidence directly from a truck and how to compile a persuasive case. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have the resources to fight large trucking companies and their insurers. As the largest personal injury firm based in Tennessee, we have over 30 attorneys and 100 staff members. NST advocates for victims injured in accidents across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky.Holding a Trucker Liable for Injuries Caused by a Careless Wide Turn
Wide turn accidents are also known as squeeze play accidents. These crashes occur because it is extremely difficult for a semi truck or 18-wheeler to maneuver a turn. These vehicles take up much more space and are much heavier than passenger cars, and drivers need to be particularly careful to execute a wide turn. When a tight right turn is necessary, a semi truck needs to start the turn by swinging very wide to the left before moving to the right. Unfortunately, this potentially endangers cars and motorcycles to the left of the vehicle, to the right of the vehicle, and sometimes in the general area after a turn is completed.
An initial swing to the left may also leave a semi's cab in a different lane of traffic, which may result in a side impact crash. Drivers on both sides of the truck may not be aware of the driver’s intention, and they may misunderstand the move to the left as a lane change. They may put their vehicle between the truck and the curb, resulting in the car being squeezed between the trailer and the curb. Often, serious injuries are sustained in this manner because cars and motorcycles are so much smaller than commercial vehicles and 18-wheelers.
A truck driver who fails to take care when making a wide turn may be found negligent. Negligence may be established by showing that the truck driver failed to drive safely, and this failure was the cause of the plaintiff's injuries. If the truck driver was in the course and scope of employment at the time of making a wide turn inappropriately, their employer may be held indirectly liable under a theory of vicarious liability. Trucking companies may also be held directly liable if they fail to ensure that a driver knows how to make a wide turn, under a negligent training or negligent supervision cause of action. These are theories of direct liability in which the cause of a plaintiff's injuries was the failure to train or the failure to supervise.Contact a Memphis Attorney When Bringing a Truck Accident Claim
If you or a loved one was struck by a truck making a careless wide turn, the Memphis truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are available to help you seek damages. Our firm serves people throughout Tennessee, as well as in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Missouri. Many of the people who have sought our assistance have come from communities such as Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Jackson, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation. For people who need a motor vehicle collision attorney after a devastating crash, NST is the way to go.