Truck Accidents: Swinging Turns

Truck accidents involving swinging turns can leave victims in the hospital, out of work or worse. Since large commercial trucks have incredibly long wheelbases, they often do what are called ‘swinging turns’ in order to clear curbs or other portions of the roadways during turns. This means that a truck will temporarily swing to the opposite direction of a turn, just prior to a turn. If done incorrectly or unsafely, other motorists’ lives can be put at risk. A number of factors can contribute to unsafe swinging turns, so it’s important to make sure your accident has been fully investigated. An experienced truck accident attorney can be your advocate and stay on top of official investigations while you focus on recovery.

Getting Sideswiped by a Semi Truck

One of the scariest things that could ever happen to you behind the wheel is getting sideswiped by an apparently oblivious truck driver. You’re in your own lane, perhaps driving your kids to school or going to work yourself, when a truck swings into your lane and sideswipes you or crushes your vehicle. You’re in mortal peril while the truck driver doesn’t even seem to realize you exist. It goes without saying that you’re likely in a much smaller vehicle than an 80,000-pound tractor trailer. Large commercial vehicles can do a considerable amount of damage to smaller passenger occupant vehicles, especially if truck drivers aren’t paying attention or are making unsafe swinging turns.

Safe Turning Procedures

In a perfect world, truck drivers always utilize the safe turning procedures they learned in truck driving school. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers strictly adhere to safe turning and driving procedures 100 percent of the time. If drivers aren’t making safe wide turns, they’re endangering everybody on the road. If they neglect even on of the important components of making a safe turn, they’re putting motorists at risk. Whether they’re not paying attention or checking blind spots before turns or failing to properly signal, when safe turning procedures aren’t strictly adhered to, things can get very dangerous, very quickly, especially for other drivers in smaller cars. Listed below are just a few different causes for swinging turn accidents.

Swinging Turn Accident Causes
  • Failing to check or be aware of cars in blind spots.
  • Improper lane changes
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • “Off-track” position
  • Failure to signal
  • Rolling out or skidding
  • Rear wheel instability
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Inadequate driver training
  • Reckless driving
  • Driver inexperience
Negligent and Dangerous Truck Drivers

Ultimately, it isn’t the safe, law-abiding truck drivers who are putting other motorists at risk. It’s the dangerous and negligent drivers that make the road a dangerous place for everybody. When truck drivers are negligent, they’re taking everybody’s lives, including their own, into their own hands. Whether it’s pushing the limits on hours of service or engaging in distracted driving behaviors, taking chances behind the wheel of a big rig, or any kind of vehicle, can have catastrophic or deadly consequences. Because these trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road, they are required to follow additional federal regulations, and that means that the investigations following truck accidents need to be extremely thorough and in depth. Truck driver negligence isn’t always immediately apparent, but your lawyer can stay on top of any official investigations.

The Aftermath of a Truck Accident

Truck accidents don’t discriminate. They can happen to just about any driver on the road, at any time. Swinging turn accidents can have particularly devastating consequences, because there is usually some element of distraction or inattention on the part of the truck driver involved. This means, that driver may not even know he or she has hit, sideswiped or crushed you until it is too late. Your car is likely totaled, and if you’re lucky, you injuries are only moderate to severe. Make no mistake, no small passenger occupant vehicle can take on a fully loaded tractor trailer and come out the other side unscathed.

When to Call a Truck Accident Attorney

After any kind of accident involving a semi truck, big rig or other type of commercial vehicle, you need to speak with an attorney about your options. Large trucking companies and insurance corporations have teams of lawyers working for them, and so should you. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a swinging turn accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate free consultation.

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