The Dangers of Cement Trucks and Auto Accidents
Auto accidents have the potential to cause life changing injuries. Unfortunately, the risk increases when large vehicles, such as cement trucks, are involved. A truck accident lawyer can help victims of cement truck accidents get the maximum settlement for their injuries and other damages.
At Quick Law Group, PLLC, attorneys Elizabeth Quick and Matthew Quick represent victims of cement trucks and auto accidents in Bellevue, WA, to help them recover financial compensation for their injuries. To find out how we can help you, we welcome you to schedule a consultation.
The Dangers of Accidents with Cement Trucks
Cement trucks are massive, not just in size but also in weight, when compared to many passenger vehicles on the road. Because of the substantial difference in size and weight, accidents with cement trucks can be devastating.
The size of cement trucks means that it takes longer for a cement truck to come to a stop and it can also make it more difficult for cement truck drivers to see smaller vehicles, both of which can result in catastrophic collisions.
Also, cement trucks have a higher center of gravity than most passenger vehicles. This increases the risks of rollover accidents, even at slow speeds. If a fully loaded cement truck rolls over and lands on a car, it can lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
Causes of Cement Truck Accidents
Cement truck accidents in Bellevue can have many different causes, some of which include:
- Driving while drowsy: People who are required to drive while working may be more likely to drive while fatigued. When cement drivers are fatigued, they may make errors in judgment that can lead to a serious accident.
- Improper maintenance: Improperly maintained cement trucks may have poor brakes, worn tire treads, or other issues that can make it difficult for cement truck drivers to safely operate their vehicle.
- Speeding: Some cement truck drivers could be more inclined to speed to reach a job site, which can cause a cement truck driver to lose control of their vehicle.
- Driver inexperience: Driving a cement truck is unlike driving a car and requires special skills and training. Inexperienced or improperly trained cement truck drivers may be more likely to get into an accident.
Figuring out who's liable for damages in a cement truck accident can be complicated depending on the circumstances of the accident.
In some cases, the driver alone will be found negligent and solely responsible. Sometimes the company that owns the cement truck and employs the driver will be found liable. If the accident was caused by a defect in the truck, the manufacturer of the defective part may be held liable.
When seeking damages for injuries sustained in an auto accident with a cement truck, a truck accident attorney can review the details of your case to help determine liability and hold negligent parties responsible.
Schedule a Consultation
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, you are encouraged to call our Bellevue law firm at (425) 576-8150 to schedule a consultation to discuss the best course of action for your situation.