New Law Aimed at Reducing Unsecured Load Truck Accidents in Ohio
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Making a turn in your car is almost second nature. The same cannot be said for a 40-ton, eighteen-wheel tractor-trailer. One of the most challenging maneuvers for a large semi-truck is making a tight turn. Because of the degree of difficulty, many truckers wind up causing wide-turn accidents.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident caused by a driver making a wide turn, call the experienced Ohio truck accident attorneys of Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW today to schedule a free and confidential case consultation.
Truck drivers must be clear in their intention to make a turn so they avoid possible collisions.
Many drivers also don’t expect a semi-truck that has indicated it is turning right to swing left into their lane. But that’s what many of the big rigs need to do to make the turn. Truck drivers who lack skills or don’t practice caution can swing so far left that they wind up smashing into another car.
You or your passengers could experience any number of injuries if a wide-turning truck collides with your vehicle. The injuries we routinely see in these types of accidents include:
A semi truck’s shape and size make it nearly impossible to make tight turns, so a right-hand turn involves a bit of work. The driver must swing to the left to negotiate the turn. Otherwise, they may run off the road or even tip over.
If a right turn is not done correctly, a semi-truck can also strike a vehicle next to them or trap a car between the semi and the curb, possibly crushing the smaller passenger vehicle in the process. In the case of a road with two right turn lanes, a truck can get too close to the other turn lane, trapping or even crushing any car that is also trying to turn. Your 4,000-pound car is no match for a fully loaded, 80,000-pound tractor-trailer.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, 61% of crashes that happen while turning or crossing an intersection involve left turns. Vehicles involved in left-turn collisions often make head-on or T-bone impacts, which can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers.
Left-hand turn accidents involving semi-trucks happen when a truck attempts to make it across traffic, but the vehicle doesn’t make it across before oncoming traffic reaches it. Left-turn accidents also frequently involve head-on collisions with cars stopped at the lane next to the one the truck tries to enter.
Left-hand truck hand accidents typically happen because drivers misjudge how close the on-coming traffic is or the width of the lane they’re attempting to enter.
The vehicle making a wide turn is almost always found at fault. The logic being is that vehicles traveling in their lane almost always have the right-of-way through an intersection.
Basically, the driver turning must wait until all oncoming traffic is clear. When a truck driver fails to turn their vehicle safely, it can be an example of negligence.
Examples of a truck driver being at fault for a wide-turn accident include:
If a truck driver makes a wide right turn in front of you and crashes into you, then you’re now the owner of a damaged, inoperable car. Worse, you sustained injuries and find yourself in considerable debt from medical bills you can’t pay because your injuries have left you unable to work. Who is to blame?
If you were hurt in a wide-turn accident, you are entitled to seek compensation. It isn’t fair that you should be stuck paying your medical bills or that your family suffers because you’re unable to work and cannot provide for them. The truck accident attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick are here to help you get what you deserve so you and your family can heal.