3 FAQS About Truck Accidents Caused by Wide Turns

Truck accident attorneys know that, excluding foul weather and heavy congestion, highways are one of the easiest places to operate a tractor-trailer. The speed limit is constant, the roads are relatively straight, and there is plenty of room for motorists to pass 18-wheelers.

Navigating a big rig off the highway, on the other hand, requires a considerable amount of skill and experience. To avoid sideswipe collisions, for example, truckers have to make wide turns. If they take a turn too wide, though, they could end up veering off course and ultimately lose control.

Passenger-vehicle motorists can help commercial drivers prevent wrecks by staying out of their way at intersections. At the end of the day, though, there is no foolproof way to avoid truck accidents. As long as you are near an 18-wheeler in traffic, you are vulnerable, and even the most conscientious drivers can end up in a devastating crash.

If you were hurt in a collision with a tractor-trailer despite following the rules of the road, turn to the truck accident attorneys at Gump & Faiella for legal guidance. Attorney Christian Faiella earned an AV Preeminent rating from the Martindale-Hubbell rating service and is proud to represent clients throughout Moberly, Columbia, and all of Missouri. Call 800-264-3455 to schedule a free case evaluation with a truck accident lawyer.

Here are the answers to three frequently asked questions about truck crashes caused by wide turns:

  1. Who Is Liable in a Sideswipe or T-Bone Collision? 

Accidents caused by wide turns are typically sideswipe or T-bone collisions. The tractor-trailer might strike someone traveling alongside the truck or someone turning “right on red” perpendicular to the truck who did not account for its wide maneuver.

In the first scenario, both parties could be liable. The commercial driver may be partially at fault for making the turn too wide while the other motorist could be responsible for traveling too closely.

In the second scenario, the driver turning against the light is probably at fault. If the trucker was following traffic laws and driving in a safe manner, the other motorist is wholly responsible. If the trucker was speeding through a yellow light, though, or did not have to take the turn nearly as wide, he or she could be partially liable.    

  1. How Do I Prove Fault in a Turn-Related Truck Accident? 

Proving fault in a crash caused by a wide turn is similar to demonstrating liability in virtually any other scenario. Evidence of fault might include:

  • Eyewitness testimony;
  • Police reports;
  • Photographs of the wreckage and nearby flow of traffic;
  • Dash cam footage or surveillance recordings;
  • Black box data or driver’s logs; and
  • Truck maintenance logs. 
  1. What Kinds of Damages Are Available? 

Both sideswipe and T-bone collisions can cause catastrophic injuries because the vehicle’s doors provide considerably less protection than the rear and hood, or “crumple zones.” Fortunately, accident victims may be able to recover compensation for all subsequent damages including:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Vehicle repairs;
  • Mobility aids;
  • Home modifications;
  • Lost income and benefits;
  • Lost earning capacity;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life; and
  • Loss of consortium. 

Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Attorney in Missouri 

If you sustained injuries in a wreck with an 18-wheeler, turn to the truck accident attorneys at Gump & Faiella. Our Missouri personal injury lawyers have more than 90 years of combined experience practicing law. Call 800-264-3455 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate accident attorneys.

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