Four Ways A Truck Driver Can Be Liable For A Right Turn Accident

Posted on: 27 September 2022

One of the more challenging maneuvers for truck drivers is a right turn. Not only do they need a great deal of clearance to complete the turn, but they also need to be well trained to properly execute this movement. When either of these factors is not verified — an accident can result. Speed does not dictate injury. Drivers can sustain real injuries and suffer significant property damage when a turning truck collides with them. 

Lack of Clearance

Before a turn, the driver must ensure they have proper coverage. While other motorists on the road can attempt to get out of the truck's path, sometimes this step is impossible, nor is it required. When the proper clearance is not available, the truck driver must terminate the turn. When a truck driver ignores this factor and proceeds, they can be found directly liable for any injuries or losses that occur as a result of their negligence. 

Poor Maintenance

If the steering mechanism inside the truck is not properly aligned, it can make it hard to keep the turn tight. As a result, it can increase the risk of the truck making an even wider turn than necessary, which can cause more damage. The truck driver must ensure their truck is road worthy, but it is also the responsibility of their employer to ensure the same, so both parties could be found liable. 

Inadequate Training

Turning in a truck is not an easy process. All drivers must be properly trained on this practice before they head out on the road. When a driver lacks training not only do they not understand how to properly measure clearance, but they also will not understand how to maneuver the truck to keep the turn as tight as possible. A lack of training is never the fault of the injured driver. 

Unbalanced Load

How the trailer on a truck is loaded has a lot to do with its stability, especially when it comes to turns. In the case of a right turn, if there is an uneven distribution of weight on the right side of the trailer, as the driver makes the turn, the extra weight can cause the trailer to tip over and cause serious injury. Similar to truck maintenance, it is the responsibility of the driver and the trucking company to ensure proper measures are taken.  

If you or a loved one was injured by a truck driver making a turn, be sure to speak with a personal injury attorney.