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Below is a client the Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart represented who was severely injured on a motorcycle when a semi made a u-turn and knocked him onto the high way in Columbia, Kentucky. Our team investigated went to the scene and traveled to meet our injured client at the hospital. We litigated this case in court.

U-Turn Trucking Crash


Truck drivers are trained to not make a “U” turn on any street, road, highway or interstate unless directed to do so by law enforcement. If a truck driver turns or gets lost, the driver should keep going until he or she finds a large parking lot to turn around in. Otherwise, the driver should go around the block. An on-schedule trip can be ruined because of a poorly planned route. A driver must plan ahead to choose the correct and safest directions to the load pickup and delivery locations.

Passengers in cars involved in semi truck accidents who do survive often have lifelong conditions as a result of their injuries. They include:

  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Brain injury
  • Burn injury
  • Extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Reliance on prescription pain medications

Flora Templeton Stuart will meet with you and review your medical records. She will determine the value of your claim, one that takes into account your past, current and future medical needs for your injury and considers the impact the injury has had on you and your family.

Injury Lawyer Flora Templeton Stuart will also investigate the accident to search for evidence of negligence on the part of the driver or the trucking company. Our team takes the time to build the strongest case possible.

U-turns are very dangerous for semi-trucks for many reasons:

The driver can’t see. The driver already has limited visibility when a truck is traveling under normal conditions. The driver loses even more visibility if they take the widest turn possible for a semi-truck.

The truck may not be visible to other drivers. If the semi-truck is in a dangerous area, or in poor weather conditions, drivers may have trouble seeing the semi-truck as it makes a wide turn.

The truck will block several lanes of the road. If a semi-truck needs to make a U-turn, it will likely have to cross many lanes of traffic as the driver attempts that turn. This of course makes it more likely another driver will fail to see the truck and an accident may be caused.

  • More than 4,000 people die in accidents involving large trucks each year, and more than 100,000 others are seriously injured annually, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The NHTSA reports that two-thirds of the fatalities were people in other vehicles, not the semi-trucks.
  • In 2012, the last year for which FMCSA data is available, there were approximately 317,000 police-reported crashes involving large trucks. About 1% of these were fatal and 23% involved some form of injury.
  • The majority of accidents involving large commercial semi trucks (63%) involved at least two vehicles.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all trucking accidents occur on rural roads, as opposed to interstate highways.

Your Challenges Following an Accident Involving a Semi-Truck

From the time immediately following a crash involving a semi-truck, the insurance carriers for the companies involved spring into action to begin gathering information to assist them in defending the case.

Typically, accident investigators who work for liability insurance carriers are deployed to the scene of the incident to collect information such as photographs of the vehicles, photos of the road conditions and statements from people who have witnessed the collision. These experienced accident investigators are good at what they do in compiling information to assist in defense of serious injury cases stemming from a collision with their insured.

To successfully resolve a semi-truck case, we may pursue claims against any party who might be responsible for causing your injuries.

This might require filing a lawsuit against:

  • The truck driver
  • Employer of the driver
  • Owner of the truck
  • Leasing company
  • Owner of the truck trailer
  • Manufacturer of truck
  • Truck maintenance company

Watch out for a semi-truck making a u-turn! Injury Lawyer Flora Templeton Stuart has the dedication you need to fight the big truck insurance companies for you. Call our law firm at 888-782-9090 twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week so our team of experts can be on the scene to preserve the evidence.

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