Wide Turning Truck Accidents
Semi-trucks, also known as 18 wheelers, are very common on the road in Seattle and Kirkland. They serve a useful purpose. However, there are times when they are very dangerous. This is especially true when they take wide turns, either left or right. Given their size, when they make wide turns, they can cause very serious accidents. It is important to understand what can happen when theseWashington State Laws for Wide Turning Truck Accidents
Living in Seattle and Kirkland we know how densely populated the area is and how often we see large semi-trucks taking very wide turns when making turns. This becomes especially true when trucks are turning onto city streets or into neighborhoods where there are very narrow lanes of traffic.
If you are unfortunate enough to be in the path of a truck that turns widely, you could be hurt very seriously. Sometimes the truck, especially if it is going too fast for conditions, will turn so wide, overcorrect, and then tip over entirely on its side, which is known as jackknifing as well.
The most common reasons for wide-turning truck accidents are:
- Driver error
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Not maintaining a proper lookout
- Driver not being properly trained
- Failing to check a blind spot.
While it may seem obvious, truckers require a great deal of training to make sure they are compliant with industry and company standard to even be on the road in the first place. A trucker needs to have many hours of experience and receive what is called a Commercial Driver’s License, or a CDL.
This special driver’s license is issued by the state of Washington and to get this license the driver has to pass many tests, including written tests and driving tests, drug tests, and certain physical tests. Despite this, drivers do still make mistakes.
These are the legal theories that a truck company could be held liable for the actions of a truck driver who is their employee:
- Improper supervision
- Improper training
- Respondent superior
This is important to understand because a truck driver may not have the money to pay for your damages even if they were 100% at fault. And if the driver was not entirely at fault, in part because they were not properly trained perhaps, then the trucking company should be forced to pay for some of your damages. Proving the fault of the trucking company may not be easy, however. Trucking companies have to keep maintenance records of their vehicles. Trucking companies also must make sure that the company rigs have properly maintained tires, which have been well-kept and replaced if need be. In addition, trucking companies must make sure that their drivers are properly trained.Common Wide Truck Accident Injuries
If you have been hit by a semi-truck, rig, or 18 wheeler because it swung too wide and hit you, your injuries could be very serious. Sometimes these accidents are head-on accidents, which can result in very significant injuries. If you are hit head-on, or from the side, by a large truck, then your injuries need immediate medical care. It is best to see a doctor, chiropractor, osteopath, or physiatrist to address your injuries.
Common injuries from these kinds of accidents are:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Chest injuries
These injuries will not resolve themselves on their own typically. Seek medical attention from a qualified doctor.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been struck by a large semi-truck or 18 wheeler, then chances are you’re dealing with the insurance company for the truck who hit you. These insurance companies are not there to assist you or help your claim. Rather, they are there to assist their client and to attempt to get the best possible solution for their client. Because of that, the deck is stacked against you. How can an attorney help? The Jackman Law Firm can help you obtain the following:
- Recover medical bills
- Recover loss of consortium
- Recover money for pain and suffering
- Recover money for lost wages
After being struck by a truck, you may have lost damages for all of the above. Unfortunately, there are many instances where you are either partly or entirely blamed for the accident that the truck driver caused. If this is the case, you need a lawyer who can help prove that you were not at fault.
The Jackman Law Firm can help by sending a subpoena to obtain surveillance video that might have captured the accident, interview witnesses, obtain a police report and speak to the police, and conduct additional, aggressive discovery to prove that the trucking company might have not kept their vehicle up to the proper legal standard.
Feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation.