When it comes to the possibility of being involved in a car accident, colliding with a large truck such as a tractor-trailer or cement truck is pretty much every driver’s worst-case scenario. After all, these types of accidents almost always result in colossal property damage and serious personal injuries, especially for the driver of the passenger vehicle.
If you or a loved one has been in a cement truck accident, it’s natural to feel stressed, overwhelmed, and anxious. On top of the financial and physical losses that can leave you reeling, serious accidents can leave deep mental and emotional scars as well. You may be unsure of where to turn or what your options are regarding compensation in the days and weeks following the incident.
When you have questions about your legal rights after a Massachusetts cement truck accident, you Better Phone Stone®. Our team of personal injury lawyers are available to talk with you however is convenient for you, whether that is in person or by phone or video chat.
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Cement Truck Facts
Cement trucks are an important part of the construction industry. These large trucks make it possible for large volumes of concrete to be efficiently delivered to work sites around the country, reducing both time and labor costs for many construction companies.
Cement trucks can either transport already-mixed concrete, or they can mix the concrete en-route. With a large motor rotating the tank on the back of the truck and moving blades in the inside of the tank, the concrete is kept in constant motion so it won’t set before delivery to the site.
Even with these mechanisms in place, there is still a time limit on how long the driver has before the concrete sets in the back, something that would have disastrous consequences. Not only would there be a failed delivery but also a difficult and expensive cleaning process.
This short timeline that is necessary for a successful delivery, added to the fact that these are generally slow-moving vehicles, can put drivers in a stressful time crunch.
Potential Risk Factors Involved in Cement Truck Accidents
The good news is that fatalities in commercial truck accidents are decreasing – down by 69 percent from 1975 to 2017, according to the Trucking Association of Massachusetts. However, as seen by the 31 fatalities in Massachusetts in 2019, accidents involving large trucks are still an issue in the Commonwealth and across the country.
Skill and experience of the driver
Of course, driver action or negligence can pose a huge risk in a crash. There are specific requirements necessary to operate a large truck, safety regulations put in place, to ensure that the drivers of large vehicles know how to safely operate the vehicle.
As with any business, certain cement or trucking companies may be tempted to skirt safety and training regulations for their drivers. When an untrained or inexperienced driver is behind the wheel of a cement truck, the likelihood of a dangerous accident increases.
Driver negligence such as speeding or inattentiveness is among the common causes of car accidents in Massachusetts. If driver negligence was to blame in your crash, contact Jason Stone Injury Lawyers sooner rather than later. Your lawyer will work to prove liability and hold the at-fault party responsible for your damages.
Size and weight of the vehicle
When comparing the size and weight of a cement truck to a normal passenger vehicle, it is no wonder why a collision with a cement truck most often results in serious damage. When full of cement, these large trucks can weigh more than 65,000 pounds – more than 10 times the weight of even the heaviest SUV on the market.
Not only does the size and weight of a cement truck make it more likely to cause serious damage, but it also increases the risk of a rollover accident. By their nature, commercial trucks, like tow trucks, tractor-trailers or cement trucks, are top-heavy and therefore have a higher center of gravity than other cars. When turning at too high a speed, the shifting weight can cause it to become unbalanced and topple over.
Maintenance and condition of the truck and tractor-trailer
Large vehicles like cement trucks have many moving parts that all work together in order for the car to function properly. The sheer amount of weight carried by cement trucks can put extreme stress on the vehicle.
Trucking companies have the responsibility to ensure regular maintenance is completed to ensure a vehicle is in safe driving condition. Official inspections of commercial vehicles include parts such as:
- Marker lights
- Warning devices
- Brake systems
- Fuel system
- Steering mechanism
Your personal injury lawyer will be able to investigate to ensure all necessary safety inspections were completed as required. He or she can prove whether a malfunctioning part played a role in the accident.
Call Jason Stone Injury Lawyers for Help After Your Accident
You shouldn’t expect a fair offer from the insurance company. After all, every dollar they payout to you is a dollar that doesn’t stay in their pocket. But when you work with a truck accident lawyer, you are working with someone who is really on your side. We get paid only after you get paid.
You need someone in your corner with the know-how and resources to take on the insurance company on your behalf. At Jason Stone Injury Lawyers, that is what we do best.
When you work with our team, we guarantee that you will:
- Receive regular updates on your case while you recover
- Be guided through the recovery process and be updated every 2 weeks
- Have a team member available 24/7 to speak with you
- Have the option to settle or start litigating your case within 6 months of your first settlement offer
- Be charge nothing for our legal services until and unless you get paid
Injured in a New England trucking accident? Better Phone Stone®. Our lawyers are familiar with Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and federal laws so we can help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. Call us today at (800) 577-5188 to schedule your free consultation.