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Swinging Turn Truck Accidents

Swinging turn truck accidents happen when large trucks move to the left to make a right turn. Other vehicles around the truck can become vulnerable to being hit as truck drivers make these turns. Although most of us have seen this on metro Atlanta streets and roads, we likely don’t consider what would happen if we were in an accident involving this maneuver. Other vehicles on the roads can be sideswiped or even crushed by trucks making right turns. The impact can be severe and serious due to the size and weight of these vehicles. Between 2009 and 2010, the number of people killed in truck accidents rose six percent. The number of people that were injured in truck accidents rose 18 percent. (Source: US Department of Transportation) Trucks are dangerous vehicles, especially when they are turning.

The metro Atlanta truck accident lawyers at Scholle Law along with our founder Charles Scholle, help after the trauma of a swinging turn truck accident and injury. These accidents often involve very serious injury or death. But you do not have to suffer alone or worry that you must manage the trauma without support. The expertise and guidance you and your family need is just a phone call away to Scholle Law, for a free consultation over the phone with a member of our legal team.

Truckers must be very cautious when making turns. Their vehicles are large and their ability to see other smaller vehicles is sometimes impaired. But they have deliveries to make and schedules to keep and sometimes that becomes more important than safety. All of this must be determined and researched after a truck accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration makes it very clear that truckers should be trained to know the hazards of making turns. Truck drivers can prevent turning accidents by anticipating hazards and avoiding them. So in making a left or right turn with a long vehicle they need to know that they will have blind spots and that they might well encroach into other lanes of traffic. These turns often require more time to execute which in turn increases the time for an accident to occur.

In any serious or fatal injury swinging turn truck accident, all aspects of the driver’s ability and the vehicle itself must be researched. Did the motor carrier do all it could to avoid such accidents? To lessen the likelihood of a swinging turn truck accident, motor carriers are supposed to train their drivers on safe procedures. These procedures should be practiced and routes should be taken to avoid these types of turns if at all possible. Warning other drivers using a "Wide Right Turn" decal on the rear of the truck is another important safety measure.

Another cause of swinging turn truck accidents is the failure to maintain a truck with proper mirrors, mirror adjustments, tail lights, brake lights and turn signals. These facts are important to determine and the legal team at Scholle Law will make sure that all the important issues and facts will be researched in your case for the best outcomes possible.

There are ways for truckers to execute right turns more safely. Moving to the right lane in advance of an intersection, keeping the rear of the truck as far to the right as possible avoids other vehicles from passing on the right and getting hit, waiting for other vehicles to get out of the way before making a right turn and making sure the truck does not hit objects or ride on the sidewalk are all very critical.

Metro Atlanta swinging turn truck accident lawyer Charles Scholle and the entire legal team at Scholle Law, has the expertise to help your family and fight for your rights after a serious truck accident. Attorney Scholle has the highest ratings possible for a practicing lawyer, all provided by his peers for his proven track record as an excellent lawyer. The Scholle Law team of lawyers and legal professionals practices our profession with these high standards. The facts and injuries particular to each case, as well as all the parties responsible for your injuries, must be included in your legal case. This requires experience, knowledge and tenacity, all of which you will have when you retain Scholle Law to represent you and your family.


Please contact Scholle Law or call toll-free 866-972-5287 or in Atlanta 770-717-5100 to set up a free consultation with no obligation to discuss your swinging turn truck accident.

Our office in Duluth is our main office and our law firm serves clients with additional convenient offices in the Perimeter, Decatur and Midtown. We represent swinging turn truck accident victims throughout Atlanta and Georgia. Please call us to get the help you need.

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