Wide Turn Accidents
Commercial trucks are vastly larger than other vehicles and are therefore more difficult to operate. As a result, simple maneuvers that can be performed without a second thought in a standard car, like making a turn, require significantly more concentration and skill to complete in a commercial truck. When a truck driver attempting to make a wide turn fails to properly assess whether the turn can be safely completed, it can result in a wide turn accident that causes significant damages. If you sustained injuries in an accident caused by a truck driver improperly performing a wide turn, it is prudent to meet with an attorney to discuss whether you may be able to pursue claims for damages. Eric Beasley is a skilled Nashville truck accident lawyer who is adept at helping people injured in trucking accidents seek redress for their damages, and he will vigorously advocate on your behalf. Mr. Beasley represents people in lawsuits throughout Middle Tennessee.Common Reasons for Wide Turn Accidents
Commercial truck drivers often must turn in business or residential areas, where the streets are relatively narrow, and there is a high volume of traffic, which requires them to make wide turns. In other words, they must swing the truck out in the opposite direction of the direction in which they intend to turn, which generally means that they will occupy multiple lanes of traffic. To make sure that these turns can be completed safely, commercial truck drivers are required to undergo extensive training prior to driving trucks.
Not all truck drivers have adequate training, however, and a poorly trained driver may attempt to make an improper turn that results in an accident. For example, the driver may attempt to turn without sufficient room, which can cause the cargo to shift and tip the trailer over. In some cases, a driver will fail to ensure that no one is traveling in any of the truck’s blind spots before making the turn. Even drivers with adequate training often make errors in judgment and attempt to make a wide turn when it cannot be done safely, resulting in an accident.Truck Driver Liability for Wide Turn Accidents
When a truck driver attempting a wide turn causes an accident, anyone injured in the accident can seek damages via a civil lawsuit. Typically, the plaintiff in a trucking accident lawsuit will allege a negligence claim against the truck driver. In order to prove liability based on a theory of negligence, a plaintiff must show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to act with reasonable care and that the defendant breached the duty. The plaintiff must also establish that the breach caused the accident to occur. While the breach does not need to be the sole cause of the accident, it must be a significant contributing factor. Lastly, the plaintiff must show that he or she sustained measurable damages as a result of the accident. A plaintiff who successfully proves a defendant's liability may be awarded compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and the suffering and pain attributable to injuries sustained in the accident. Additionally, if the plaintiff was married, his or her spouse may be able to recover damages.Defenses Commonly Asserted in Truck Accident Lawsuits
In many cases arising out of trucking accidents, the defendant driver will allege that the plaintiff caused the accident, and therefore, he or she should not be able to recover damages. For example, the defendant may argue that the plaintiff was speeding or otherwise driving in a reckless manner, and that is what caused the accident. Under Tennessee law, however, even if a plaintiff was partially at fault for an accident, he or she may still be awarded some damages, as long as the plaintiff was not 50 percent or more at fault.Speak with a Skillful Truck Accident Lawyer in Nashville
If you were involved in a wide turn accident with a commercial truck, you should speak with an attorney regarding your right to seek compensation for your injuries. Attorney Eric Beasley is proficient at aiding victims injured in Tennessee truck accidents in the pursuit of damages, and he will work tirelessly to help you seek a favorable result under the facts of your case. Mr. Beasley assists injured people in Nashville as well as in Goodlettsville, Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, Lebanon, and other areas of Sumner, Williamson, Robertson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Davidson Counties. You can contact Mr. Beasley at (800) 431-2768 or via the form online to schedule a free appointment.