As a result of improper turns by trucks in in 2012, 546 people were injured and 31 people were killed in California. Operating a commercial tractor-trailer, big rig or semi-truck requires substantial and careful training. No truck driver should be permitted to drive a truck on the open road without a clean background check and thorough training. One of most common types of truck accidents in Los Angeles is caused by tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles making wide turns or swinging turns into other lanes of traffic, hitting other vehicles or pedestrians. The experienced attorneys of Sharifi Firm, PLC can represent you in a civil lawsuit to recover damages, if you have been hurt in a truck accident as a result of a negligent truck driver.Wide Turns and Truck Accidents
Due to the size of their cabs and lengthy trailers, commercial trucks have large blind spots and take up significant space on the road or highway. When making a turn, semi-truck drivers usually need to swing wide, which can result in the trailer swinging into other lanes of traffic and the driver not seeing others that are nearby.
Wide turns accidents are often caused by truck driver errors such as a failure to check blind spots, failure to use turn signals, driver incompetence or inexperience, inadequate training, fatigue, driving under the influence or distractions. Sometimes the fault lies in the truck's mirrors, or defects in the turn signals, brake lights, taillights or overloaded cargo. Motorists are placed at great risk if they cannot anticipate where a truck is going. Truck drivers are responsible for making sure none of these issues will present a problem on the road before getting on the road. Truck companies also have a duty to maintain the trucks that are put on the road.
A truck driver's own insurance policy may not provide sufficient coverage for someone who is catastrophically injured as a result of a driver's negligence. The trucking company can be held directly responsible if it failed to properly maintain the truck or failed to train the driver in making a wide turn. In some cases, a wide turn accident has multiple causes. For example, the truck driver may not have checked the turn signals before going out on the road, and also the trucking company may not have trained the driver in how to properly execute a wide turn.Consult an Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Riverside
Unfortunately a truck's improperly executed wide turn can result not only in catastrophic injuries, but also fatalities. In California, a family can bring a wrongful death action against a truck driver and trucking company where their negligence causes the death of a family member.
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a Riverside truck accident due to a driver's wide turn, let our experienced attorneys sue the driver and the trucking company or agency on your behalf. We are familiar with the nuances of truck accidents, including understanding the trucking industry, what evidence is relevant to your case, what evidence may and may not be withheld by the trucking company, and the trucking regulations at issue. We represent accident victims in Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula, and San Bernardino. Contact us at 1-866-422-7222 or via our online form for a free, no-obligation consultation.