Turn and U-Turn Truck Accident
Commercial vehicles are long and difficult to turn. A big rig operator often must use two lanes of traffic to make a right turn to avoid running the rear wheels into parked vehicles or over a sidewalk. If a large truck turns too sharply the truck can lock up or jackknife. U-turns in large trucks are especially dangerous and are often banned by trucking companies because of their increased risk to other motorists. Truck U-turns are usually done slowly across many, if not all lanes, which leaves the truck blocking traffic for long periods of time, and greatly increases the chances of another car hitting the side of the truck.
Mountain Driving and Runaway Truck Accident
Truck operators must utilize brake-check points at summits of grades. Brake failure and inexperience often result in a runaway-truck accident.
Truck drivers should use escape ramps when out of control on a downgrade. Although risking bodily injury or damage to their vehicle and goods, the alternative is unacceptable.
Long trucks driving in the mountains obstruct traffic and cause many fatal collisions when crossing both lanes to maneuver sharp curves.
Construction Zone Truck Accident
Truck operators must prepare to slow down or stop in highway work zones. Our truck accident law firm has handled many fatal injury cases involving truck drivers unable to stop their truck in time after bending down to pick up a cell phone or other object.
Construction zone trucking accidents can be particularly deadly as the size, weight, and speeds of the truck can cause severe damage to other vehicles or the infrastructure. Whether the injured party is a construction worker or a passenger in a vehicle, we will work to ensure the trucking company will be held accountable for injuries caused by speeding or driving recklessly over the speed limit in a work zone.
Truck operators are held to a clear standard of accountability as a result of the danger they pose to others on the road. Truck operators are trained in the “Smith system” which makes the driver responsible for speed, distance between cars, and generally being aware of all potential obstructions or dangers. It is the duty of the truck driver to have enough distance to slow down and brake safely to prevent an accident.
All vehicles must respond to construction zone warning signs, but trucks must be particularly wary of the dangers they pose in a construction zone. Drivers who are unaware of speed limits or who disregard warnings will be held accountable for any damages or injuries that they cause. Our truck accident law firm is experienced in investigating construction zone accidents and will aggressively pursue damages on behalf of any victim or their family in a construction zone trucking accident case.