Plumbing Van Accidents
Commercial vans are used by many types of workers, including plumbers. These vehicles are extremely useful for transporting the various tools, equipment, and parts plumbers rely on every day, but they can also cause serious damage in a collision.
Common Plumbing Van Collision Causes
Due to their high center of gravity, plumbing vans have a higher rollover risk than most other types of vehicles. Their immense size and weight can impair emergency handling, and the flat sides may contribute to instability in crosswinds.
Typical plumbing truckcollision causes include:
- Lack of vehicle maintenance. Failure to perform routine maintenance, such as replacing worn brakes and tires, increases the risk of a collision due to a loss of control.
- Reckless driving. Vehicle operators who are exhausted, distracted, or in a hurry may be guilty of reckless driving. A plumbing van driver can cause an accident by speeding, running red lights, or changing lanes erratically.
- Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Someone behind the wheel of a plumbing van may cause a collision while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These substances can slow reaction times and inhibit sound decision-making.
- Overloading. Loading a plumbing van with too much cargo can make the vehicle unstable, increasing the risk of rollover accidents. Overloading the van also puts excessive weight on the rear tires, causing a blowout when tires are severely worn or under-inflated.
You Need an Attorney
Plumbing van accidents frequently result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, amputations, whiplash, traumatic brain injuries, burns, and spinal cord damage. Van collision victims are entitled to compensation for these injuries, including payments for their medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
These cases can be quite complicated, since there may be multiple liable parties including the driver, the driver’s employer, and the company responsible for maintenance of the van. If suffered injuries a collision with a plumbing van, you need an experienced vehicle accident attorney to help you receive the compensation you deserve. To learn more, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.