Heads Up! Those Cement Trucks You Are Driving Next to Could be an Accident Waiting to Happen
By now, most of us take a bit of extra care on the highways when driving around large tractor-trailers. On vast stretches of interstate highway, it is not uncommon to see a truck hauling large construction equipment, dozens of cars, or even a double trailer.
The risk these large rigs present is obvious, but do you give smaller trucks the same consideration?
Many people see trucks that are smaller and assume that these trucks demand less caution and respect, when often, the opposite is true. Cement mixer trucks in particular may seem harmless, but if you are ever tangled up in a wreck with one of them, you will learn that these heavy vehicles can cause a lot of damage.
Just How Dangerous Are Cement and Concrete Trucks?
Cement and concrete trucks may not be the largest vehicles you share the road with, but many times they can be the heaviest. Their load is precariously situated, leaving the truck very top-heavy and susceptible to rollover accidents. These trucks cannot turn or stop quickly, so when something happens that requires quick action on the part of the driver, he or she has few options that do not involve a collision or rollover.
Because of the heavy loads that these mixing trucks carry on a regular basis, the truck’s axles and brakes are constantly under an extreme amount of stress. Routine maintenance and inspections are required for these vehicles to stay in proper and safe working condition. If a cement truck is involved in an accident that may have been caused by an equipment failure, maintenance records will inevitably be examined to ensure that the operators were in compliance.
When cars and cement mixer trucks meet in a collision, the results can be devastating. These trucks can weigh upwards of 70,000 pounds when fully loaded, which can cause a lot of injury and property damage.
Who Is to Blame in a Cement Truck Accident?
Accidents involving commercial vehicles of any type can be very complicated, but pinpointing liability in a concrete mixing truck accident can be even more confusing. Most concrete trucks, while owned by one company, are operating under a contract or direct hire for a construction company. This leaves a few doors open for possible liability, but it does not end there. Equipment failure or malfunction could also have led to the crash, which means that product liability enters the arena, further confusing things.
Even if the accident is complex, one thing is perfectly clear—if you have been involved in an accident with a cement truck, you deserve compensation for your injuries. Reach out to us today by clicking on our live chat, and find out how our firm can help you.