Cement trucks are used to carry large quantities of cement from place to place, containing a mixing drum that moves the cement around to keep it wet. A fully loaded truck can weigh upwards of 30 tons due to the heavy liquid cement that it holds. Given such a heavyweight and materials, there is always the chance that it can cause injury to others in an accident. If you or a loved one were injured in a cement truck accident, contact us for a free consultation to see if you may be entitled to compensation.
Cement truck accidents most often occur due to overloading or improperly balanced loading of the cement in the back of the truck. This can cause the cement to empty out in the trail of their driving route or make the truck collapse. This can cause obstruction, crushing injuries, and more. This includes the tires popping due to overloading. Also, the truck’s heavyweight can make driving a specialized task, which one should be trained and instructed on how to do. Sometimes, the driver may underestimate the stopping distance or speed needed for such a heavy truck and crash into the car in front of them. Any collision with this kind of truck can be fatal simply due to how heavy it is; especially if the cement empties onto the victim from the jolt.
Negligence is the basis of these types of accident lawsuits. Negligence occurs when one party breaches the duty of care that they owe to others on the road and injuries directly resulting from the accident. A business typically owns a cement truck. They can be held liable for the injuries that result from an accident due to negligent driving on the basis of negligent hiring. The driver may not have been as experienced as they should have been to drive the vehicle. If they were experienced but simply driving recklessly, the driver can also be held liable. The business or manufacturer of the truck can also be held liable for defects in the actual truck causing an accident, such as a loose door securing the cement. They are responsible for inspecting or maintaining and building the truck, respectively. The drivers or the business can be held liable for overloading or imbalanced loading since it was their job to ensure that it was properly loaded.
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