Semi-trucks can pose a serious danger to other vehicles on the road.
Semi-trucks and 18-wheelers are not easy to drive and maneuver. Even some standard maneuvers are hard to execute because of their large size and weight. Truck drivers must exercise extreme care and consideration when making turns or entering lanes with merging traffic. Other motorists should understand why semi-truck accidents happen and how to avoid them.
Dangerous Right-Hand Turns
The most difficult maneuver executed by a truck is a turn. When a right-hand turn is required, the truck driver will first turn the truck towards the left and then start making the right-hand turn. This can pose a danger to the vehicles on the left and right of the truck during the turn.
When the truck swings to the left, the cab of the truck is in another lane, possibly leading to a sideways collision by a vehicle coming in that particular lane. The left swing can also appear to be an attempt to change lanes and the motorists in the right lane may think that the right lane is free and they may attempt to pass the truck. However, when the truck starts turning right, the vehicle in the right lane can get caught between the trailer of the truck on the left and the curb on the right. This can cause a lot of damage to the vehicle and can result in catastrophic injuries to the occupants.
Establishing Liability For an Accident
A collision between a semi-truck and a car is dangerous for the people involved; however, the damage will be much higher for the car. Truck drivers are required to follow additional rules that specify how to act in various situations that may emerge while they are behind the wheel.
In case an accident occurs between a truck and a car and the truck driver is held liable for the crash, the driver or the trucking company would be required to pay for damages, injuries, and loss of income suffered. In many cases it might be difficult to establish liability, so it is advisable to consult an experienced St. Louis truck accident lawyer to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a case evaluation.