Like many cities across the United States, Columbia experiences a high volume of traffic from large trucks and semis. These vehicles are subject to some of the strictest government regulations, due to their size and the dangers that they pose. An unfortunate number of accidents and injuries occur each year as the result of a truck driver’s failure to operate his or her massive vehicle safely. In many instances, there was nothing that the victim could have done to avoid the collision. At The Law Office of Matt Uhrig, our truck accident lawyers can assist Columbia residents in asserting their rights and seeking the compensation that they need to recover from their injuries.Establishing Liability for a Wide Turn through a Negligence Claim
Due to their enormous size and weight, it can be difficult for large trucks to navigate certain roadways and thoroughfares. Unlike a standard passenger vehicle, semis and 18-wheelers need a substantial amount of space before executing turns. Wide turn accidents frequently occur when a truck is attempting to make a sharp right-hand turn. Since these vehicles must swing wider than normal passenger vehicles when executing turns, trucks must often swing left before initiating the right-hand turn. In some instances, the truck enters the lane for oncoming traffic when swinging left, or when completing the right-hand turn. As a result, side-impact or head-on collisions may be common outcomes of wide turns.
After suffering injuries in a wide turn collision, the victim can often file a lawsuit against the driver and the driver’s company. Many trucking companies have a roster of employees that they use to drive their vehicles, while others rely on independent contractors. In either situation, it is important to investigate the potential liability of both the driver and the trucking company.
At trial, the plaintiff will be required to show that the driver or the trucking company was negligent. Negligence is a legal theory that examines an individual’s conduct and whether that conduct rose to the same level of ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent driver would use in a similar situation. In a wide turn case, the court would consider evidence of any Missouri laws or regulations that apply to trucks, including traffic laws governing the way that truck drivers must execute certain maneuvers like wide turns.
After establishing that the defendant’s conduct did not meet the required standard of care, the plaintiff must show that his or her injuries would not have happened but for the defendant’s failure to act according to that standard. This stage of the case typically requires advice and testimony from an accident reconstructionist, who can recreate the accident and provide testimony regarding the causal connection between the driver’s conduct and the plaintiff’s injuries.
After completing this step, the plaintiff can offer evidence of the damages that he or she sustained. These may include both economic and non-economic costs and losses, such as medical bills, the costs of future treatment, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, repairs to a vehicle, and pain and suffering.Enlist a Columbia Lawyer to Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
Suffering injuries in a truck accident can be an unexpected and devastating situation for you and your family. The injury attorneys at The Law Office of Matt Uhrig have helped accident victims in Columbia and other cities throughout Missouri, including Ashland and Jefferson City. We can investigate your claim and bring a lawsuit to pursue the compensation that you may be owed. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, so there is no harm in learning more about your options. Call us now at (573) 657-2050 or contact us online to set up an appointment.