Truck Squeeze Play/Wide Turns

Elkins Truck Accident Attorney

Dorwin J. Wolfe of Wolfe Law Firm has practiced personal injury law in West Virginia for over 20 years. Wolfe Law Firm provides experienced representation in a familial atmosphere to truck accident victims injured by negligence. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and to maximizing your compensation in a verdict or settlement.

Squeeze Play or Wide Turns

Trucks, semi-trailers, and 18-wheelers are not like other cars. They require more space to make wide turns. Large trucks usually have warning signs that alert others of frequent stops and trying to pass on either side after a truck signals. In a right turn, for example, a truck must swing left before turning right. This allows sufficient space for the truck’s cabin and trailer to follow.

Some mistake this opening as a chance to pass the truck on the right, placing themselves in the driver’s blind spot. Unseen by the driver, the motorist discovers the arc too late, squeezed between the truck and the curb. This accident is known as a “squeeze play” and involves one of the most vulnerable blind spots for trucks, which is slightly to the rear of its right-view mirror.

Squeeze Play Truck Accidents

The larger the truck, the more room it needs to negotiate a turn. Having to swing left before turning right exposes others to squeeze play. When a smaller vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian becomes wedged between the truck and the curb, serious injuries occur. Even at low speeds, the impact can be deadly. Common injuries caused by squeeze play accidents include:

Broken bones Internal bleeding Organ dysfunction Paraplegia, paralysis Cognitive impairment Traumatic brain injury Severed limb, extremity Neck, spinal cord damage

These injuries can result in permanent disfigurement and disability. The party at fault for the accident must compensate the victim for all the property damage, medical care, lost work, and other damages arising out of the injury.

Squeeze Play Negligence and Liability

Truck drivers undergo extensive training and re-testing to maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDL holders should know the distance necessary to make a safe turn. Swinging too far to the left or failing to check a blind spot on the right are both careless errors. These preventable mistakes are known as “negligence” and result in liability for the accident. If the squeeze play causes injury or death, the negligent driver and other responsible parties are liable to victims for personal injury damages and to surviving family members for the wrongful death of a loved one.

The Federal Motor Carrier Regulations and West Virginia laws impose liability for the driver’s negligence on the groups, individuals, and businesses operating the truck. This means that the company using the trucks to transport products must still pay the damage award, even if the entity itself could not drive. This expands the victim’s opportunities to recover damages against not only against negligent drivers, but any relevant employers, corporations, and insurers as well.

Recovering Compensation for Your Loss

If you were injured in a squeeze play, an experienced West Virginia truck accident lawyer at Wolfe Law Firm can help. Our seasoned attorneys and highly-trained staff treat you like family and always keep you apprised of your case. While many big-city firms treat clients like numbers, your matter takes priority here. Dorwin J. Wolfe never judges and is dedicated to providing the highest quality representation to his clients. He employs innovative research and the best experts to present evidence most favorable to you. Let Wolfe Law Firm help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call (877) 637-5756 or contact us online.