The streets of New York are often occupied by large commercial haulers that are difficult for their drivers to maneuver. When turning, the drivers of these big trucks are known to take up more than one lane to get the clearance that they need. Unfortunately, not all of them are good at signaling their turns. This can lead to what experts call a squeeze play truck accident. Were you or a loved one injured — or worse — in such an event?
A squeeze play accident happens when a truck driver swings wide to make a right turn, and other drivers, not knowing the truck driver’s intent, move forward in the right lane, only to have their vehicles hit when the truck turns. The passing vehicle is literally squeezed between the truck and side of the road. When a typical passenger car takes a hit like this, it can be crushed in a matter of seconds.
Squeeze play accidents are known to cause victims to suffer severe, if not fatal, injuries. This is because the full force of the truck strikes their vehicles. Many victims present with significant head trauma, which, if they survive, can cause long-term difficulties for them.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a squeeze play truck accident in New York, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses. Under the right circumstances, the truck driver and his or her employer may be held responsible, which means they may have to cover any recoverable damages resulting from the event. If these individuals cannot be held accountable for any reason, victims or — in the event of fatality — their surviving family members may file claims with their insurance providers to seek maximum relief. An experienced attorney can review your case and, if appropriate, help you file any applicable legal actions in civil court. To learn more about trucking accidents and how legal counsel can be of assistance after such an incident, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.