Semi-trucks are much larger than regular passenger vehicles, and due to their size, they are more difficult to operate.
All truck drivers must undergo vigorous training and testing in order to maintain a commercial driver’s license and the slightest miscalculation in their maneuvering can cause an accident with other, smaller vehicles.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has years of experience in helping North Carolina and South Carolina’s injured drivers and their families in dealing with the devastating consequences of truck accidents. He puts his experience to work for each client in order to ensure that all injured clients receive the compensation they deserve.
Commercial motor vehicles need extra space to make wide left or right turns. To turn right, the driver swings the cab of the truck left before turning right to have enough space. This swing lets the truck’s cabin turn along with the tractor-trailer.
When a larger truck swings out, smaller vehicles, motorcycles, and pedestrians may mistake the driver’s intentions. If another motorist or pedestrian attempts to pass the truck on the right, they are in the driver’s blind spot. Then when the driver attempts to finish the turn, the motorist or pedestrian ends up between the truck and the curb as the truck arcs back into the right lane. This type of accident is known as a squeeze play.
Truck drivers undergo extensive training so they don’t swing too far left, fail to signal, or fail to check their blind spots.
Operating a commercial motor vehicle with its difficult maneuvers requires training and practice. If a truck swings left when making a tight right turn, it may cause an accident. In these situations, both the driver and the company are responsible.
If you are in an accident with a semi-truck due to the driver’s miscalculation when turning, you need an attorney who can help you understand your rights.
At the Tatum Law Firm, we are determined to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation allowed by law. We are available to discuss the merits of your claim and offer guidance.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a semi-truck collision when the driver was executing a right turn, please contact our office at (704) 307-4350 or online for a free case evaluation.