Commercial motor vehicles are much larger than other vehicles and so their size and extra weight require more care when driving.
Attorney Brian Steed Tatum has many years of experience in dealing with the complex issues of trucking accidents in North Carolina and South Carolina. His experience ensures that we are always ready to fight for the rights of our clients and will assist them in seeking the maximum compensation available.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers to be trained in understanding the hazards of operating a commercial motor vehicle. Turns are one hazard because of the size and weight of 18-wheelers.
A swinging turn is made when a truck changes lanes. Often, a semi-truck has to arc away from a turn before executing the turn. This turn takes more time and space and increases the likelihood of an accident.
The main causes of swinging turn accidents are poor driver training and a lack of safety maintenance of turn signals, mirrors, taillights, and brake lights.
Trucking companies must ensure that drivers are adequately trained on operating procedures and drivers must avoid collisions.
Drivers can execute turns safely by moving to the right or left lane before reaching the intersection. Also, drivers should do always check and wait for vehicles to be out of the way before making their turn. Finally, drivers should confirm that there is enough space to make the turn without the cab or the tractor-trailer hitting objects or riding on the sidewalk.
If a swinging turn is executed improperly, the accidents that could result can include rollovers or collisions with oncoming traffic. Truck drivers must be aware of all traffic when executing these types of turns because it is more dangerous than simply turning in a passenger vehicle. If you have been injured due to trucking accident, an experienced attorney can help guide you through the process of asserting your claim and helping you seek compensation for your injuries.
The Tatum Law Firm is committed to serving clients throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. We are well-versed in the complex regulations of the trucking industry and the specific laws in each state. Our dedicated truck accident attorney, Brian Steed Tatum, will carefully investigate the facts surrounding your case and diligently pursue your claim to ensure that you receive all the compensation that you are entitled to receive. For further information or assistance, please call our office at (704) 307-4350 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.