Have you ever noticed the warning sticker on semi-trucks cautioning about wide right turns? When a truck has to make a right turn, the driver has to move precisely to steer around a tight corner.
Poorly maneuvered turns can cause trucks to roll or collide with other vehicles, causing immense damage and severe injury. If you have been involved in an accident with a truck making a wide right turn in Virginia, you need to understand your rights and options for recovery.
The compassionate and experienced truck accident attorneys at Montagna Law understand the difficulties victims face in the aftermath of a crash. Contact our law firm at 877-622-8100 to schedule a free case evaluation.
Trucks, including tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, and other commercial trucks, typically take up a large amount of road space, especially when encountering a need to make a right-hand turn. In this scenario, trucks need to occupy an additional traffic lane to safely navigate their turn.
If a truck makes a turn too wide, narrow, fast, or without accuracy, a serious accident can occur, especially if other drivers cannot move out of the way in time or if the truck driver simply does not see them in their blind spot.
When a truck driver does not make a right turn with care, they can seriously injure or kill someone with their careless, reckless, or negligent driving behaviors. Common types of wide right turn accidents include:
Any of these scenarios could lead to serious injury or death.
Due to the sheer size of trucks, such as tractor-trailers, drivers need a specific skill set to properly navigate right-hand turns. Common contributors to wide right turn accidents include the following driver actions:
If a driver fails to properly make a turn, it can lead to serious injury or death for the vehicles into which they collide.
Every state, including Virginia, has guidelines in CDL training manuals for wide right turn scenarios. All drivers should know the proper steps to take when navigating turns.
Truckers neglecting to follow CDL guidelines are liable for injuries and damage, along with their employer or other company personnel in some cases.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you should take the following steps:
In most instances, the driver making the wide turn is found to be liable since riders traveling in their designated lane have the right-of-way through intersections. Drivers should wait until oncoming traffic clears before beginning their turn.
However, fault is not always easy to discern. You should always consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer so they can ascertain the facts and identify liable parties.
If you or a loved one is involved in a wide right turn truck accident in Virginia, it is to your benefit to work with an experienced truck driver accident attorney. Due to Virginia’s harsh contributory negligence laws, you will want to gather the following evidence to help you prove fault.
One of the biggest challenges in this type of accident case is most trucks requiring wide turns have signage on the back warning other motorists their truck takes wide turns. If the plaintiff is behind the truck or to the side, there is a chance they might be found contributory negligent. The more evidence you can assemble, the stronger your case.
The commercial truck driver has a responsibility to properly navigate a wide turn, although sometimes other drivers are negligent and also contribute to a crash. As mentioned, Virginia has a strict “pure contributory negligence rule,” meaning if you are found partially to blame, even very minor, you do not have a case. To be eligible to file a case, the truck driver must be 100% at fault.
Working with Virginia legal representation can help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve to cover the cost of your injuries, damages, and other losses. Your lawyer can help you:
Insurance companies do not necessarily put your needs as a priority. They want to avoid paying, and truck driving companies will typically fight back. Your attorney will advocate in your best interests.
Montagna Law is fully committed to helping injury victims obtain the compensation they need to cover medical expenses, lost income, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other losses.
Our legal team has been proudly serving the entire Hampton Roads area for decades. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to prove the negligence of the at-fault party.
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The aftermath of a truck accident is often devastating. If you have suffered a serious injury or are dealing with the tragedy of your loved one’s wrongful death due to being hit by a turning truck, the caring and compassionate attorneys at Montagna Law want to help.
We will perform a thorough case review of your truck accident case and outline your legal options. You should not have to deal with pain, suffering, or high medical bills for an accident that was not your fault.
To obtain a free consultation, contact us at 877-622-8100 or fill out our online contact form. Montagna Law proudly serves the entire Hampton Roads area, including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.
Yes, commercial vehicles are required to warn motorists they are planning a wide right turn. They must:
This way, motorists are aware the truck may enter their turning lane.
All car drivers should do their part to avoid collisions with large trucks. Here are important tips to remember to avoid being on the other end of a wide turn crash.
You should also avoid any driver distractions when navigating your vehicle, whether large commercial trucks are around or not.
Jon Montagna received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. Jon practices law in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.