U-Turn Truck Accidents

It’s a common scenario: You’re following behind a tractor-trailer on the highway. At the next intersection, the truck begins to make a U-turn. Although you try to stop, you are unable to and run right into the truck. You are severely injured and your car is totaled. What just happened?

Unfortunately, these accidents occur all the time. A tractor-trailer making a U-turn is a dangerous maneuver, so dangerous that some trucking companies have banned drivers from performing a U-turn. Yet, when the driver is lost or makes a wrong turn, his/her first instinct is to turn the 80,000-pound truck around. This puts everyone’s lives at risk.

For decades, the Pennsylvania U-turn truck accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli have been fighting for those injured in U-turn accidents across the state. With years of experience, we are ready to take on the trucking companies on your behalf.

Why U-Turns Are Dangerous for Tractor-Trailers

When a tractor-trailer makes a U-turn, legal or not, the consequences can be deadly. According to PennDOT, there were 14,123 improper turning-related accidents in the Commonwealth in 2016. Of those accidents, 61 caused a fatal collision.

Not only does the action put the truck driver at risk of a severe accident, but endangers the lives of everyone on the road. Some dangers include:

  • Visability is limited. When making a U-turn, the driver’s visibility becomes limited. The trucker will lose sight of both sides of their vehicles and will be unable to see any obstacles in front of or behind the tractor-trailer. And when the U-turn is made during the evening hours, the darkness makes it even more difficult to see.
  • Difficulty maneuvering the vehicle. There’s only so much room on the roadways, especially in rural areas and on Philly streets. Just the sheer size of a tractor-trailer makes it difficult to turn. In order to successfully complete a U-turn, the truck driver will need to move the truck both backward and forward multiple times in the space available. And with limited space and lack of visibility, the risk of an accident is increased.
  • Several lanes are blocked. Not only can it be difficult to swing the truck around, but chances are the tractor-trailer will block both lanes of traffic. This is not only an inconvenience to everyone on the road but could cause an indirect crash between other vehicles when traffic is forced to come to a stop.

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Proving Fault After a U-Turn Truck Accident

Because of the danger involved, a handful of trucking companies have a policy in their company manuals that ban drivers from making U-turns. It takes a skilled driver to successfully make this maneuver without causing damage or endangering others on the roads. Yet, despite company policy or even the rules on the road, truck drivers continue to ignore the rules to make illegal U-turns. And when they do, it can end in catastrophe.

But with any truck accident, you need to prove the fault lies with the truck driver. You're going to need to gather as much information as you can for your case. Make sure you get the following:

  • Photos of not only the accident scene but of the damage to your vehicle and any injuries you may have received
  • Contact information for the other drivers involved as well as any witnesses to the accident
  • Police reports of the accident
  • Medical records, including bills and treatment sessions

Most of all, you need to contact an experienced PA truck accident attorney as soon as possible to start work on your case.

Why the PA U-Turn Truck Accident Lawyers Fellerman & Ciarimboli?

For decades, Philadelphia truck accident law firm Fellerman & Ciarimboli has been fighting for those injured in an illegal U-turn truck accident. With more than $25 million won in trucking accident verdicts and settlements - including a $1.2 million U-turn truck accident settlement - we are prepared to go after both the truck driver and the trucking company to make sure you receive the compensation needed to move on from a traumatic crash.

Once you hire Fellerman & Ciarimboli, our Philly U-turn accident lawyers will set to work. Working with reconstructionists and accident experts, we will determine the true cause of your accident and figured out what exactly happened. Since we have company manuals from across the company, we will take a look at the trucking company's policy to determine if the driver had broken the rules. We will negotiate with the other parties involved to make sure you receive the best possible settlement available. And, if a settlement cannot be made, we will then head to the courtroom and fight on your behalf.

Don't Wait Much Longer. Contact Us Now

The statute of limitations in these cases is two years. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to win your claim. Remember, the truck company will fight you on your claim and will have a bevy of attorneys to fight your claim. You cannot do this alone and you cannot do this with an inexperienced trucking attorney.

If you were a victim of a U-turn truck accident, now is the time to act. Contact the Pennsylvania U-turn truck accident lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation. We fight for the injured.

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