Car Accidents and Cement Trucks: How to Recover Compensation
Cement trucks pose a hazard for drivers and pedestrians in their vicinity. These trucks are large and heavy but often have unevenly distributed weight. They can be difficult to maneuver and back up. Even at low speeds, they can roll over during a turn.
Unfortunately, because of their size, cement trucks can cause serious damage in a car accident. If you suffered an injury in a car accident with a cement truck, the attorneys at McKinley, Conger, Jolley & Galarneau, LLP, with offices in Central Valley and Stockton, CA, can help. We fight on behalf of car accident victims, helping them secure compensation for their injuries.
Dangers of Cement Trucks
Because of their size and uneven weight distribution, cement trucks are prone to rollovers. Even at speeds as low as 5 or 10 miles per hour, cement trucks can overturn.
To compound the issue, cement truck drivers may face deadlines and pressure to ensure the product reaches its destination quickly. This may encourage some drivers to speed and cut corners, jeopardizing not only the safety of the driver but everyone else’s safety on the road.
Sharing the Road with Cement Trucks
Driver negligence is a key contributor to car crashes. Cement truck accidents may happen for a variety of negligent behaviors, including:
- Speeding or driving too fast for current road and weather conditions
- Driving distracted
- Following too closely
- Driving while drowsy
- Driver error, such as failing to account for blind spots
While it is not possible to completely eliminate your risk of getting in an accident with a cement truck, you can reduce it by exercising caution. If, for example, you see a cement truck approaching a sharp turn, give the driver ample space to operate.
Investigating a Cement Truck Accident
Following a car accident with a cement truck, your attorney will closely examine what transpired to determine liability. In some cases, the driver will be liable for operating the truck in a negligent manner.
For example, the driver might have been speeding or driving distracted.
In other cases, the trucking company may be liable for hiring a driver who is unfit for the job. To safely operate a cement truck, it takes training and skill behind the wheel. If the driver lacked the necessary training and expertise, the company may be liable.
Our car accident attorneys will examine witness statements, video footage, police reports, truck maintenance records, and all other evidence to determine fault. Using that information, we can help you recover compensation, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages or diminished earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Contact a Cement Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a cement truck accident, you have a lot to contend with: medical decisions, emotional trauma, and payments, to name a few. The car accident attorneys at McKinley, Conger, Jolley & Galarneau, LLP can help you recover the compensation you need and deserve while you focus on healing. Request a consultation now or call us at 209-477-8171.