If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident caused by a careless wide turn, we can help you explore your options. Our truck accident attorneys have the skill, knowledge, and experience to fight for your right to the compensation that you deserve.
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 truck accident occurs when a tractor-trailer makes a wide turn and swings into other lanes of traffic.
Causes of Wide Turn Accidents
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:
- Truck driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care
- Truck driver breached this duty by making a careless wide turn
- Truck driver’s carelessness was the direct cause of your injuries
- You have actual damages
In some cases, you may also have a personal injury claim against the truck driver’s employer. Trucking companies may be vicariously liable if their drivers cause an auto accident while they are on the job. These companies also have an obligation to train and supervise their drivers properly and 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.
Damages for Truck Accidents
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 tractor trailer accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim to pursue medical expenses, burial costs, and other damages.
Our Legal Team
If you or a loved one has been struck by a careless trucker, the 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 injury lawyer on your side can make all the difference in your case.
We represent people near Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Naples. To request your free legal consultation with one of our Florida truck accident lawyers, call us toll free at (800) 283-7442.