Squeeze Play Accidents
Due to their sheer size and weight, large trucks on the road must take extra care when executing any number of standard driving moves, such as making a turn. If you or someone close to you was injured in a squeeze play accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, you need to get advice from a Wheaton or Schaumburg truck accident attorney as soon as possible. At Therman Law Offices, our injury lawyers understand that after an accident, you need answers, and we are here to provide you with answers at every step of the way.Squeeze Play Accidents and Related Legal Claims
Truck drivers are required to possess certain skills and go through rigorous training before they are allowed to operate semi-trucks and 18-wheelers. A “squeeze play” accident takes place during a turn when a truck squeezes a vehicle positioned between the truck and the curb, or between the truck and another object, such as a median. Put another way, a squeeze play accident occurs when a large truck is in the process of turning and “squeezes” a motor vehicle between the truck and the curb. These accidents generally occur because of a truck driver’s failure to properly consider their surroundings, including other motorists or pedestrians.
A squeeze play accident can be devastating for the driver and passengers of the trapped vehicle. Even at low speeds, these accidents can be fatal. Common injuries caused by squeeze play accidents include but are not limited to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and damage to internal organs. These injuries can lead to permanent disfigurement and disabilities, which can affect a person’s ability to go about their day-to-day life.
All truck drivers are required to operate their trucks in a careful manner in order not to cause harm to others on the road. In addition to this basic requirement, truck drivers are subject to additional state and federal rules that determine how they must maintain their truck and act in certain situations. People hurt in a squeeze play accident may hold a careless truck driver accountable through a negligence claim. Negligence takes place when a truck driver fails to drive how a sensible driver would have driven in the same situation, thereby causing an accident and injuries to a victim. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff’s attorney must show that the truck driver owed the plaintiff a duty to execute a turn carefully, the truck driver violated this duty of care, and this violation was a direct cause of the squeeze play accident and the plaintiff’s resulting harm. For example, a truck driver who does not look out for cars or pedestrians when making a turn, causing a squeeze play accident, would likely be deemed negligent.
Squeeze play accident victims may be able to recover a variety of damages. Medical costs, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and the costs of future care are just some of the costs that will likely be covered. However, each case is different, and the exact amount of damages that a plaintiff will be able to recover in a given case will vary according to the specifics of that case. Establishing damages can be a complicated process, and it requires setting forth evidence that highlights the losses after an accident. This can be especially difficult for intangible losses, such as emotional suffering after an accident. An experienced lawyer can help you through the process.Seek Guidance on Your Rights Following a Truck Accident in the Wheaton or Schaumburg Areas
Truck accidents can cause serious and long-term harm. In the most severe cases, truck accidents can even lead to death. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a squeeze play accident caused by a distracted, fatigued, or inadequately trained trucker, we can help. At Therman Law Offices, our motor vehicle collision lawyers can look into the facts of your case and help you pursue the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. You can trust that our knowledge of Illinois and federal trucking laws and extensive experience settling and litigating these types of cases will be helpful to your case. We represent people in cities such as Schaumburg, Wheaton, Bloomingdale, Roselle, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Lombard, Villa Park, and Addison. To learn more, call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online for a free appointment.