Wide Right Turn Truck Accidents
Due to the significant size and weight of commercial vehicles, truck drivers need extensive training and experience to safely execute turns at intersections. If drivers are inexperienced or just plain careless, they can cause a life-threatening accident.
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How Does a Wide Right Turn Truck Accident Happen?
The size of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers often makes them too large to make the same maneuvers in local streets and intersections that passenger vehicles can make. When a large truck needs to make a right turn, it may need to swing wide to complete the maneuver. A wide right turn truck accident can happen when:
- A truck driver swings into the adjacent left lane before beginning the turn. Many truck drivers will begin their right turn this way. This can lead to a collision with a vehicle traveling in the adjacent left lane. Or if the truck swings out of the rightmost lane, another vehicle may come along the truck’s right side. When the truck turns, that vehicle can get caught under the side of the truck or pinned between the truck and the curb.
- A truck must cross an oncoming lane of traffic to complete the turn. On narrow two-way streets, a truck making a right turn may need to cross the opposing lane of travel to complete the turn. This can lead to a head-on collision if the truck driver fails to notice oncoming traffic and fails to give other drivers the chance to slow down or back up to give the truck space to complete the turn.
- A turning truck fails to yield to traffic in the intersection. Because a proper right turn involves the truck turning wide as it completes the turn, a truck driver may collide with another vehicle in the intersection. This can happen when a vehicle is making a left turn onto the same street that the truck is turning right onto. Sometimes, the truck driver may pass through a red light (in places where right-on-red is permitted) without realizing that left-turning vehicles have a green light.
- A truck driver decides to back up to complete the turn. A driver may need to back up to get sufficient room to complete the turn. But traffic behind the truck may not expect a large tractor-trailer to begin backing up in the middle of an intersection. This can cause a serious crash.
Common Causes of Wide Turn Accidents
Wide right turn truck accidents occur for a number of reasons, including:
- A truck driver’s failure to use signals
- The truck’s entering into the right turn with the rear of the trailer too far from the curb
- The truck driver swinging the truck too far out of the right lane or right-turn lane, leaving an opening for other vehicles to use the right lane
- The truck driver’s failure to use mirrors and blind-spot monitoring devices to watch for other vehicles and pedestrians and to properly manage the space around the truck
- A truck driver entering a turn lane too quickly
- A truck driver unlawfully or unsafely backing up to complete a turn
- The truck driver’s lack of experience and/or training in handling a big-rig
- A truck driver’s unfamiliarity with a route, using narrower streets to get to a destination
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
In the end, a truck driver has the responsibility to make turns safely, even when making a wide right turn.
Why Do Trucks Make Wide Right Turns But Not Left?
A truck driver may make a wide right turn to avoid having to make the turn in too small a radius considering the length of the truck. A truck does not need to make a wide left turn because it has a far larger radius to make that type of turn. Trucks can typically safely complete left turns while staying in the correct lane.
Why Should a Motorist Be Aware of a Truck Making Wide Turns?
You need to remain alert for trucks making wide turns for two reasons:
- Trucks have very large blind spots. In a narrow intersection, your vehicle can easily get lost in a truck driver’s blind spot. The driver may fail to see you and crash into you during a turn.
- Truck drivers must monitor the entire space around their truck as they make a turn. They can easily miss another vehicle traveling alongside their truck.
How an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Case
Have you been seriously injured in a wide right turn truck accident? Our experienced truck accident lawyers can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. You can trust our talented legal team to:
- Immediately launch an investigation into your accident
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- Work with experts to develop clear accident reconstructions to show how the truck driver caused your crash
- Document the full extent of your damages, including future anticipated losses
- Preparing your case for trial and fighting every step of the way for the best possible outcome for you
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