Wide Turn Truck Accidents Albuquerque
If a truck driver fails to make a wide turn safely, the results can be disastrous. The Albuquerque truck accident attorneys at Parnall Law Firm, LLC can provide the legal representation you need to hold a negligent truck driver accountable for your injuries. Founding attorney Bert Parnall has represented truck collision and other accident victims since 1997. Our experienced trial lawyers are dedicated to aggressively representing our clients’ rights to fair compensation for their injuries. If you suffered injuries in a wide turn truck accident, we can help. Contact our office today.
Trucks and Wide Turns
Wide turns can be particularly tricky, even for the most experienced truck driver. This is primarily due to the sheer size of trucks, many of which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – roughly 15 times heavier than the average car. Trucks also have larger blind spots than the average car, and a truck driver may not see a vehicle to its sides or behind it.
When a truck driver needs to make a right-hand turn, he or she must swing wide to the left to safely negotiate the turn. Many truck drivers miscalculate when making a wide turn, and end up striking stationary vehicles or pedestrians. In some cases, a truck will collide with a car caught, or squeezed, between the truck and the curb. These accidents can lead to significant injuries to the non-truck occupants.
Accountability for Wide Truck Accident Injuries
You can seek to hold the truck driver liable if you were injured in a wide turn truck accident. All motorists have a duty to exercise care, including truck drivers. This includes taking the proper steps to ensure they can make a wide turn safely, such as by signaling to other drivers and only making a turn when it is completely safe to do so. If a truck driver is distracted, fatigued, or otherwise unable to focus on safe driving, they are likely to cause an accident while making a wide turn.
As a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, you can hold the truck driver accountable for your injuries if you can show that the driver was negligent. In other words, you must demonstrate that the truck driver failed to exercise care in operating the truck, and that the failure (or breach) resulted in your injuries and damage.
In addition to the truck driver, his or her employer, such as a trucking company, may also be held liable for the crash. Federal regulations are in place to ensure that drivers:
- Receive the proper training to operate their trucks;
- Take the necessary rest breaks; and
- Are routinely tested for drugs.
If an employer places a potentially dangerous or inadequately trained truck driver on the road, it can be held directly liable for any injuries caused by the driver. A prompt investigation will help obtain a trucking company’s records, and possibly avoid spoliation – the intentional alteration or destruction of evidence in a lawsuit.
In some truck accident cases, the defendant may blame the plaintiff for the crash. Even if you are partly responsible for your injuries, you may still be able to recover damages. New Mexico follows a comparative negligence standard. This means that you may recover damages even if you were mostly at fault for your injuries; however, your recovery will be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
Recovering Damages in Your Case
You may seek compensation for injuries in a wide turn truck crash. You can potentially recover for your medical expenses, property damages, pain and suffering, and more. If your family member died in the accident, you could recover damages in a wrongful death claim. Recoverable damages include compensation for your relative’s medical bills, funeral expenses, and pain and suffering.
Experienced Representation in Your Truck Accident Case
The Albuquerque truck accident lawyers at Parnall Law Firm, LLC are seasoned litigators with experience handling complex truck crash cases. Whether it is through settlement or trial, we are committed to providing our clients with the representation they need to get compensation that is appropriate for their injuries. We can analyze the facts of your case and discuss your potential legal options with you. If we move forward as your attorneys, we will act promptly to preserve your rights and advance your case. Please call us today at 505-268-6500 or fill out our online form to arrange a no-obligation consultation.