Larger vehicles like trucks and tractor trailers require more space to make turns. Because of this, these drivers should take more precautions when attempting these maneuvers, especially in urban areas where streets are narrow and the traffic is heavier.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a driver who negligently made a wide turn and caused a crash, you may be eligible for compensation. Call our Fort Worth truck accident lawyers to learn more about your legal options.
What Factors May Determine Fault for a Wide Right Turn Accident?
Wide turn accidents are generally caused by negligence. This carelessness can be attributed to either the driver of the vehicle making the turn or the vehicle that gets hit by the truck.
When the driver of the turning vehicle is the negligent party, it may be because of:
- Failing to use turn signals
- Backing up to complete a turn
- Entering a turning lane too quickly
- Failing to use windows and mirrors to make sure the way is clear
- Attempting a right turn with the end of the vehicle too far from the curb
- Leaving an opening for a vehicle to get through when trying to turn right
The driver of the vehicle not performing the turning maneuver may be guilty of negligence if he or she tries to pass the wide-turning vehicle on the right. This includes ignoring a turn signal and staying in the far-right lane while the large vehicle is attempting to turn from an exterior lane on a roadway.
In some rare cases, the fault for a wide turn crash could lie with a product manufacturer. For example, a defect in the turning vehicle, like a broken turn signal, may have caused the crash. The manufacturer of the vehicle or one of its components may be liable for damages from the crash.
The truck may not have had a sign warning drivers of the vehicle’s limited turning capabilities. The driver or his or her employer may be liable for a crash that happens under these conditions.
Building a Case for a Wide-Turn Crash in Texas
There are several parties that could be held liable for your damages in a wide turn accident in Texas, including truck drivers, commercial vehicle owners or large companies that employ the drivers or lease the trucks. This is just one of many factors that makes these claims more complicated.
The laws regarding truck accident claims in Texas changed in 2021, so holding companies accountable can be more complicated. That is why having an experienced attorney on your side is so important.
First, it is important to understand that the driver who caused the wide-turn accident may be at fault for the collision, but he or she may not be the person who pays your damages. It depends on the driver’s designation and the insurance that is available.
If you were injured by a negligent truck driver who works for a company but owns the truck, both the driver’s liability insurance and the liability insurance of that company may be financially responsible for your damages. However, to recover compensation from both parties in Texas you must prove the driver’s negligence and the company’s negligence.
Compensation for accidents caused by truck drivers who work for a large company may be paid out by that company depending on the facts of your claim.
The laws regarding liability for a truck accident in Texas are complex, and you should strongly consider speaking to a knowledgeable attorney about your claim.
Tips to Avoid These Accidents
One of the best ways to avoid any accident, including wide-turn accidents, is to always pay attention to the road and your surroundings while driving. Try to avoid using your cellphone, fidgeting with gadgets in your vehicle or glancing away from the road.
Paying attention may be able to help you spot large trucks attempting to make dangerous maneuvers and give you time to safely avoid them.
If you see a large truck, try to pass it as quickly and as safely as possible on the left to avoid getting stuck in its blind spot.
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If you were injured in an accident with a large truck attempting to make a wide turn, you may be eligible for compensation. Our attorneys have the legal knowledge and understanding of Texas’ complex legal process for truck accident claims and are prepared to help you build a strong case for compensation.
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