Truck drivers in Louisiana have the difficult task of maneuvering their over-sized vehicles in some pretty tight spots sometimes. To do this successfully, it is common to see them take wide turns, particularly when turning right, to avoid hitting other vehicles, medians, people, traffic poles or signs, or buildings. If passenger cars end up in what is called a blind spot, an area in which truck drivers have no way of seeing what is there, squeeze play truck accidents can occur and often have severe outcomes.
A squeeze play accident is just what it sounds like. It is where a passenger car is squeezed between a semi-trailer and the side of the road. As these commercial haulers can weigh upward of 80,000 pounds, a car can be crushed in an instant.
Victims of these types of trucking accidents often experience significant injuries — particularly head trauma. Some of them will not survive. Of those who do, the physical, psychological and financial damages suffered may cause them and their families to struggle for years, if not for the rest of their lives.
Who is responsible when squeeze play truck accidents occur in Louisiana depends on the situation. If a truck driver failed to signal the turn, he or she, along with his or her employer, may be held accountable for a victim’s losses. If comparative negligence is an issue in your case, you may still be able to receive a financial settlement, though it may not cover all damages incurred. If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one in a squeeze play truck accident, legal counsel may be able to help you seek maximum relief for your losses. To learn how, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.