Trucks and Commercial Vehicles Have Rules
Traffic rules and regulations are put in place to help keep all drivers safe on our roads and highways. When drivers violate rules by making illegal u-turns accidents happen.
Making a U-turn is a risky maneuver for the driver of any vehicle, when the vehicle is a large, commercial truck they are putting themselves and other drivers on the road in great danger.
Why are U-Turns Dangerous
• Limited driver visibility. The driver of an 18-wheeler already has limited visibility when the truck is traveling in a straight line. Now imagine trying to make the widest turn possible without being able to see what is going on around the vehicle.
• The truck is not visible enough to other drivers. If it is night time in a poorly lit area, or in weather conditions that limit visibility, other motorists may have difficulty seeing the truck as it makes a wide turn.
• Blocking several lanes of traffic. If a tractor-trailer needs to make a U-turn, it will likely have to cross several lanes of traffic as the driver negotiates that turn, which poses a danger in low visibility situations.
Trucking Companies Ban U-turns
Many Trucking companies in the industry generally advocate prohibiting U-turns. If a trucking company is not going to forbid their drivers to make u-turns, they must make sure that their drivers are sufficiently trained in negotiating a U-turn safely and effectively.
Regardless of how careful a driver you are, you do not have control over the other drivers around you and how they behave behind the wheel. If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by the negligent behavior of another driver, contact the Mezrano Law Firm to speak to an experienced truck accident attorney.