Wide Turn Accidents
Truck Crash Lawyers Serving Fort Myers and Surrounding Areas
Operating a truck requires considerable skill and experience. When commercial drivers are not vigilant behind the wheel, they can cause devastating accidents. One common type of collision occurs when a tractor-trailer makes a wide turn and swings into other lanes of traffic. If you or someone close to you has been injured in this type of crash, we can help you explore your options. At Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano, our Fort Myers truck accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and experience to fight for your right to the compensation that you deserve.
Pursuing Compensation for Injuries Caused by a Careless Wide Turn
When a truck makes a wide turn, it may swing across into another lane and strike a vehicle whose driver does not even realize that the truck was turning. In addition, truck drivers who make wide turns may pose a risk to pedestrians near the road. Unfortunately, many wide turn accidents are caused by inadequate driver training or driver errors, such as a failure to check blind spots, a failure to promptly use turn signals, texting behind the wheel or other forms of distracted driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A truck driver may be held accountable for your injuries if they were the result of an improper wide turn. Commercial drivers must use reasonable care behind the wheel in order to avoid causing preventable harm to other people on the road. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent truck driver would act in the same or similar circumstances. If a truck driver fails to use reasonable care and causes an accident and your resulting injuries, that driver likely will be liable under the theory of negligence. In order to establish negligence, you must show the following elements:
- The truck driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care;
- The truck driver breached this duty by making a carelessly wide turn;
- The truck driver’s carelessness was the direct cause of your injuries; and
- You incurred actual damages.
In some cases, you may also have a claim against the truck driver’s employer. Trucking companies may be vicariously liable if their drivers cause an accident while they are on the job. These companies also have an obligation to train and supervise their drivers properly, and they may be directly liable for a crash if they fail to comply with this obligation. We can thoroughly examine the facts of your case to determine whether any of the trucking company’s actions contributed to the accident.
Truck accident victims can potentially recover many forms of compensation for their harm, including medical expenses, lost income and benefits, rehabilitation costs, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to pursue medical expenses, burial costs, and other damages.
Contact a Knowledgeable Fort Myers Attorney after a Truck Accident
If you or a loved one has been struck by a careless trucker, the Fort Myers truck accident lawyers at Lusk, Drasites & Tolisano can help you seek appropriate compensation. Truck accident cases can be complicated, which is why having the right attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. We also represent people in Naples, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres, and Sarasota, among other cities. Call us toll-free at (800) 283-7442 or contact us through our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.