Many preventable truck accidents occur when a trucker makes an improper or illegal left turn. Every truck driver, whether interstate or intrastate, is taught the proper technique involved in a left turn.
A truck driver must make sure to reach the center of the intersection before starting the left turn.
Furthermore, every company that hires a truck driver must ensure that their driver is capable of safely executing a proper left turn.
The CDL Manual Explains how to Make a Proper Left Turn
The Commercial Driver’s License Manual relied upon by the truck industry says that to make a proper left turn a truck driver must make sure to reach the center of the intersection before starting the left turn.
Improper Left Turns Cause Trucks to Wrongly Enter Into Other Lanes of Traffic
If this rule is ignored, the left side of the tractor trailer will hit the vehicle next to it because the rear wheels of the truck follow a tighter path than the front wheels. This causes the tractor trailer to cut into lanes of traffic beside it. In the event that there are two turning lanes, the truck driver must always take the right turn lane because of the danger of swinging right to make the turn.
Improper Left Turns Can be Deadly for Other Drivers Because there is No Escape Route
Improper left turns are dangerous and sometimes deadly. They may be the result of a fatigued driver, a driver who fails to pay attention, or is distracted.
The DiCello Law Firm has a strong record of success in litigation involving truck crashes that involve incorrect maneuvers like improper turning.
Our attorneys continue to represent victims and families of victims injured by truck crashes in Ohio and throughout the United States.