Who is a fault if an 18-wheeler sideswiped you on a narrow road?

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You may worry about being hit by a tractor-trailer as you run errands as you see an 18-wheeler slowly negotiating a tight turn onto a narrow access road.

Truck drivers are responsible for driving safely, ensuring they do not cause a collision with a much smaller car or pickup.

Tractor-trailers are the biggest vehicles you may encounter

An 18-wheeler carrying a full load may weigh more than 40 tons. Compare that to the weight of your vehicle, which may weigh approximately two tons. Other drivers operating their sedans, pickups or SUVs may be more alert and careful as they encounter tractor-trailers.

It may happen as you are leaving the parking lot of a business. The big rig sideswipes your vehicle, pushing in the side of the car. This includes creating large dents and pushing your door in so you cannot get out. You may not be able to get out of your vehicle due to your injuries.

You show proof that the truck driver was liable

You may be required to show proof that the truck driver was liable for your accident, injuries and damages. The driver’s trucking company may also be liable through a theory called “vicarious liability.” This liability extends to the truck driver’s employer for your accident.

What damages may you be awarded?

If the judge in your case rules against the truck driver and their employer, you may be awarded some of the following damages. These include lost earning capacity, medical expenses, lost wages, which may include follow-up health visits, and pain and suffering.

If a family member was in the accident and died as a result, you may be awarded loss of companionship.