Making a U-turn is a high-risk maneuver for any vehicle, let alone when it is a large semi-truck. Due to the dangers involved, many truck companies prohibit drivers from making U-turns on public roadways. When truck drivers do decide to turn around in such a manner, they jeopardize the safety of themselves and other drivers.
If you or a loved one is suffering an injury from a truck accident caused by another person’s negligence, you might benefit from having an experienced Kentucky u-turn accident attorney in your corner who will fight for you. Schedule a free consultation today with our U-turn accident attorney at Flora Templeton Stuart, by calling (888) 782-9090 or reaching us online.
The following three factors are why semi-truck U-turns are so dangerous:
The width, length, and height of 18-wheelers cause limited visibility when traveling in a straight line and even more so when trying to make the widest turn possible. For these reasons, it is not possible for a truck to U-turn safely on their own.
The truck may not be visible enough to other drivers, especially at night if it is a poorly lit area and if the trailer is poorly marked. A lack of visibility will not give other motorists enough time to see the vehicle and slow down or avoid it altogether.
When U-turning, the truck will be blocking several, if not all, lanes of traffic for enough time that another driver may fail to see the truck until its too late.
Most trucking companies have policies prohibiting big rigs from taking U-turns, as the industry standard calls for it unless training is provided. It is considered gross negligence when trucking companies do not have policies in place prohibiting U-turns and also do not provide training on how to perform one safely.
Accidents that are caused by a semi-truck making a U-turn are almost always the trucker’s fault. Even when there are times that are appropriate for a big rig to U-turn, drivers must be extremely cautious. For example, a trucker may be forced into taking a U-turn due to directions from law enforcement, an object or collision blocking the road, a low hanging overpass, or a natural disaster.
When a truck is involved in a crash after making an unnecessary or dangerously executed U-turn, the trucker will oftentimes be liable for damages. Other potentially liable parties may include the trucking company, if, for example, there isn’t a company policy prohibiting the act yet they failed to provide training. In some situations, the owner if it is not the trucking company as well as the cargo loader may be liable or partially to blame.
Unfortunately, regardless of how careful a driver you are, you do not have control over the other drivers around you and how they conduct themselves when behind the wheel. If you have been injured by a truck making a U-turn, contact the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart to speak to an experienced Kentucky u-turn accident attorney. We will determine all liable parties and hold them accountable for the trauma you have endured. Call us at (888) 782-9090 or fill out our contact form online. We happily serve the following areas: Bowling Green, Glasgow, Greenville Kentucky, and Tennessee.