U-Turn Truck Accidents
There are reasons U-turns are only permitted in certain areas or specific situations, as they can be dangerous maneuvers for any vehicle. However, those driving trucks must be especially careful when trying to make a complete U-turn, as the shape and size of a semi-truck requires special skill. If a truck driver causes an accident by making an illegal U-turn without paying proper attention to the surroundings, that driver or others can be held accountable for any injury or resulting fatality. The Miami truck accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Robert Dixon can help you determine your legal options in the aftermath U-turn truck accidents involving a negligent driver. We have vast experience dealing with these types of crashes, which often involve multiple parties like insurance and trucking companies in addition to a liable driver. We assist clients in personal injury or wrongful death claims due to a U-turn truck accident occurring in and around South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you have questions regarding your legal rights after a U-turn truck crash, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and speak with a lawyer to learn more about how we can help.U-Turn Truck Accidents in South Florida
South Florida has some of the busiest, and most dangerous, highways in the country, most notably I-95 which runs through the entire state. As such, the potential for a truck to engage in a dangerous or illegal U-turn maneuver is also higher than in other areas. A truck driver may be in a hurry to get to a destination for a delivery, or just think that an illegal or unsafe U-turn is the easiest way to correct missing an exit or otherwise getting lost. However, these careless acts can be extremely unsafe and can lead to U-turn truck accidents. Even left turns that do not involve a complete change in direction are considered risky, so much so that UPS and FedEx have policies discouraging their drivers to make them unless absolutely necessary. Trucks making a U-turn must do so slowly, and also have plenty of room on the road. If a driver does not take a U-turn at the right speed, does not gauge oncoming traffic properly, or fails to look out for another turning car or pedestrian, he or she can be held accountable for an accident caused by negligence.
Victims injured by a negligent driver may receive compensation for those injuries in a personal injury claim. Likewise, families of victims killed by a negligent driver may pursue a wrongful death claim against those responsible. Negligence occurs when a party breaches an owed duty of reasonable care to another, causing that victim’s injury or death, which results in damages. A truck driver who makes a U-turn where it is prohibited to do so has not only broken the traffic laws, but also acted negligently if that maneuver results in harm to another. Further, if a trucking company or other employer who is responsible for training a driver has not adequately equipped that driver with the knowledge and skill of how to make a U-turn properly, that company can also be found negligent. When negligence is established, a victim may be awarded compensation for any past or future medical costs associated with the injuries sustained in the collision, as well as lost income and diminished earning capacity. Families who have relatives in a fatal crash may also receive reimbursement for funeral and burial costs or loss of support damages.Consult a Knowledgeable Attorney in Miami
Injuries in truck accidents are often the most serious, and can include paralysis as well as traumatic brain injuries. When a truck driver has made a reckless U-turn, or a company has failed to adequately train its drivers, they should be held liable for the harm that results. The Miami lawyers at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon are dedicated to making sure victims of these collisions receive the financial support they need and are entitled to in order to aid in their recovery. We offer representation for clients in and around South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please call the Law Offices of Robert Dixon at 877.499.4878 or contact us online and set up a free, no obligation consultation about your potential claims.