Understanding Dump Truck Crashes
When it comes to dump truck crashes, there are several questions that are asked on a pretty frequent basis. The driver of a standard car, if involved in an accident with a dump truck, will likely come out on the losing end. Here are some of the questions frequently asked by the driver of the car:
- What do I do now?
- What company does the dump truck driver work for?
- Who is going to pay for all the damages?
- What kind of insurance does the dump truck driver/company have?
The first thing to tend to if you’re involved in an accident with a dump truck, other than making sure you’re physically okay, is to retain an attorney who is experienced in not only motor vehicle accidents but those involving larger vehicles like trucks, semis, buses, etc.
How Dump Truck Crashes Differ from Standard Motor Vehicle Accidents
Compared to accidents between standard vehicles, those involving a dump truck vary greatly. Dump trucks have a unique design because they are built to carry loose, heavy loads. The chances of your vehicle and your own person being greatly affected by the sheer size of the truck are increased. But that’s not all. The truck is likely owned by a large company that has a number of lawyers and insurance companies on their side. Rest assured, they will all fight for the best interests of the company – and not your best interests.
Dump Truck Accident Causes
Dump truck accidents can be attributed to any number of factors. Frequently, the unique performance capabilities and characteristics of the truck weigh heavily. These can include difficulty with visibility, braking, acceleration, and more. If these characteristics aren’t carefully considered by the driver, problems are bound to arise.
Dump truck accidents can be caused by one or more of the following:
- Lack of adequate training
- Poorly maintained truck brakes
- Reckless or dangerous driver (possibly with a record)
- Driver doesn’t yield the right-of-way
- Driver isn’t complying with FMCSA regulations
- Not having underride protection program
- Going off the road
- Driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Oversized or overloaded trucks… and more
You Had an Accident – What to Do
If you are involved in an accident with a dump truck, here’s some advice to follow:
- Call 911 – first responders
- Make sure you get any and all medical attention you need. Don’t be shy. You may not feel hurt today, but you probably will tomorrow.
- Gather and preserve as much evidence as possible. This can include pictures with your cell phone, looking around for video cameras, talking to witnesses, etc.
- Since the police will be called, make sure you get a police report.
- Contact a lawyer who is experienced in truck accidents.
- Talk to your insurance company.
Staying Safe around Dump Trucks
When you’re driving in the vicinity of a dump truck, these three tips will help you stay safe:
- Stay out of the truck driver’s blind spots.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Anticipate the truck making wide turns.
Have You Been Involved in a Truck Accident?
When you’re involved in a dump truck accident, so your rights are protected, legal advice should be obtained ASAP. The sooner you and your lawyer get together, the better chance you stand of things moving along without a hitch. An experienced lawyer can immediately take steps to assist you with the legal process.
If you’ve been in an accident involving a dump truck or some other vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Corradino & Papa, LLC. Don’t let your life be disrupted due to the recklessness or negligence of someone else. Count on our team of legal practitioners for help.
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