Wide Turning Trucks
Nearly every non-commercial driver has seen a semi-truck take a turn too widely. Because the size and nature of commercial trucks, turns such as these must be made responsibly by a driver that has been trained to operate his or her vehicle safely. A truck driver who takes a dangerously wide turn and causes a car accident can and should be held responsible for those damages.
It is also important to note that drivers of commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers are required to accumulate a certain set of skills as well as completing training to ensure they operate a truck safely.
However, even truck drivers who have been properly trained can easily make dangerous mistakes that lead to an accident involving a wide-turning truck. If a driver makes an illegal or even simply improper wide turn that causes injury to other drivers and damage to their vehicles or property, the driver and his employer may be liable.
18-wheelers are also far more dangerous than traditional passenger vehicles in the event of a collision. These large commercial vehicles weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are sometimes over 60 feet long. A commercial vehicle of this size is often difficult to control under the best of circumstances, requiring a significant turning radius that can result in significant blind spots. These maneuvers combined with a large blind spot can increase the likelihood of accidents and collisions in manifold ways.
What Types of Accidents Are Caused by Wide-Turning Trucks?
A wide-turning commercial semi-truck can cause accidents during turns in a variety of situations. Here are a few of the more dangerous scenarios that can occur when a truck turns wide in the midst of significant traffic:
- A truck makes an abrupt wide left turn, obstructing oncoming traffic. This scenario caused a passing motorist to collide with the side of the truck.
- A truck making a very wide turn fails to yield the right of way to another vehicle, initiating a crash.
- A truck driver misinterprets the roadway available to make a wide turn and the truck hits the rear bumper of the car in front of the semi-truck.
Wide Turning Trucks versus Bikes and Motorcycles
A surprisingly common accident occurs when a large commercial truck moves one or even two lanes left of the curb-facing lane in order to swing wide onto a crowded street, alley or roadway. Often times bicycle or motorcycle drivers misinterpret this move, believing that the trucker is abandoning the curb lane. They then attempt to pass the truck in the curb lane because they sensibly cannot interpret the driver’s intentions to swing wide. The accident happens when the truck driver doesn’t see the bike or motorcycle and turns sharply, blocking the curb land and the intended path of the bicyclist or motorcyclist, who then collides with the truck.
Contact an Illinois Truck Accident Lawyer Today
Semi-truck accident cases involving wide or over-sized loads are complex and can prove confusing to their victims. Proving negligence in a crash that involves a semi-truck hauling an oversized load takes an investment of time, experience, and resources.
If you have been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or another large commercial truck, the trucking accidents lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900, can pursue the compensation you need and deserve.