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Cement trucks are used to transport concrete, and they often share city roadways with personal vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. Cement truck accidents are more common than people might think. And when they do happen, these collisions can result in property damage, serious injuries, and loss of life. 

If you have been injured in a cement truck accident, you may be unsure how to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages. The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Legal Group are here to help. We can investigate your cement truck accident and guide you through the claims process. 

Schedule a free case review with a member of our legal team today. Our cement truck accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that we charge no upfront fees and only require payment if we successfully recover compensation on your behalf. 

Call us now at 1-800-706-3000 or fill out our free case evaluation form.

+ Why Cement Truck Accidents Are So Devastating

A cement truck may weigh between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds itself and then carry an additional 30,000 pounds or more of wet concrete. The immense weight of these vehicles is one reason why accidents involving them often result in catastrophic injuries.

An additional hazard is that the cement weight sits quite high, allowing the cylinder-shaped container that holds the concrete to rotate and move, preventing it from hardening. The rotating cylinder means that there is a constant shifting of weight that, if not properly maintained, can affect the balance of the vehicle. Also, the high center of gravity means that the vehicle can easily topple or roll over, especially around corners.

The weight and shape of the vehicle make it difficult for a cement driver to suddenly stop or swerve if there is an emergency or dangerous situation. The tools that cement trucks carry can also create hazards. Chute extensions, shovels, or rakes can come loose if not properly secured and may contribute to an accident.

+ Factors That Contribute to Cement Truck Accidents

Concrete companies and their employees provide a valuable service to the community. The timely and efficient distribution of concrete is essential when constructing roadways, foundations, buildings, and more. However, if the cement truck driver is reckless, a serious accident may occur.

The following are factors that may contribute to a cement truck accident:

  • Speeding: Cement can harden inside a mixer within 60 to 90 minutes of being loaded. A cement truck driver may be tempted to speed to reach his or her destination before the load of concrete dries and hardens.
  • Uneven weight: The tons of wet concrete the truck is carrying can shift back and forth during transportation. The vehicle could easily tip over if the driver needed to make a swift turn. During a rollover, wet concrete could spill out onto the road and cause additional accidents.
  • Driver error: Many cement truck accidents occur because the driver lacks experience or training and may not know how to handle a shifting load or navigate a turn. Other drivers may overestimate their ability to maneuver a vehicle and put those around them in danger.
  • Poor vehicle maintenance: Since the transportation of wet cement can cause the components of a vehicle to deteriorate quickly, it is important for trucking and construction companies to service their vehicles regularly. For example, if tires are not properly maintained, the weight of the heavy concrete could cause a tire to explode which is likely to make the driver lose control of the truck.

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    More Information on Cement Truck Accidents

    Establishing Liability After a Concrete Truck Accident

    Determining liability after a cement truck accident can be a complicated process. There may be multiple parties involved along with various insurance companies and their representatives. A cement truck accident lawyer can investigate your case and identify all liable parties.

    One or more of the following parties may be liable for a concrete truck accident:

    • Truck drivers: The driver of the cement truck may have been distracted, drowsy, under the influence of alcohol, reckless, or negligent in some other manner.
    • Trucking companies: A trucking or construction company may be found liable for the accident if they hired unqualified drivers, encouraged the driver to speed, failed to maintain their vehicles, or were otherwise negligent.
    • Truck or parts manufacturer: If a part on the truck caused the accident by malfunctioning, then the vehicle or parts manufacturer could be responsible for the payout of damages.
    • Cargo loaders: Some companies will hire a separate company to load their cargo. If a driver loses control of the cement truck due to the concrete shifting position, the cargo loading company could be found liable.
    • Mechanics: Trucking companies may hire an outside mechanic to repair or maintain their fleet. If mechanics cut corners or made a mistake that caused the truck to malfunction, then they could be held accountable for the accident.

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    Protect Your Legal Rights Following a Cement Truck Accident

    Your main priority following the accident should be calling 911 and seeking medical attention. However, the actions you take following the car accident could also make a difference as to whether you are compensated for your losses or you have to pay for them out of pocket.

    The following steps may be essential so you can strengthen your cement truck accident case:

    • Document the accident scene. Photos and videos of the accident scene provide important evidence in accident cases. Photograph the vehicles involved, your injuries, the weather and road conditions, and anything else that could help establish fault.
    • Keep records of your medical treatment. Your medical records will provide evidence that you were harmed in the accident and are seeking medical treatment for your injuries. Keep a copy of any medical records, doctor’s notes, and hospital bills you have received.
    • Do not give out too much information. The cement truck driver’s insurance company will likely contact you after the accident. Be careful how much information you share with the insurance adjuster, who may try to trick you into saying something that can be construed as an admission of guilt.
    • Contact a personal injury lawyer. There are many benefits to having a trusted lawyer on your side. A cement truck accident lawyer can offer legal advice, handle all communication with the insurance company, and negotiate a settlement on your behalf – all while you focus on recovery.

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    Recovering Compensation After a Cement Truck Accident

    Whether you were injured as a driver, pedestrian, or an innocent bystander, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. A cement truck accident attorney with Phillips Law can review the specifics of your personal injury claim and determine the types of damages to pursue on your behalf.

    Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the extent of your injuries, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:

    • Medical expenses
    • Lost wages
    • Pain and suffering
    • Mental anguish
    • Property damage
    • Disability
    • Loss of enjoyment
    • Wrongful death

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    Contact a Cement Truck Accident Lawyer Today

    Cement truck accidents can leave victims suffering physically, emotionally, and financially. You don’t have to suffer in silence, and you don’t have to accept the first settlement offer the insurance company throws your way.

    When we take on your case, the cement truck accident lawyers of Phillips Law will work to understand the specifics of your accident and make it our cause to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. While the majority of personal injury claims are handled out of court, our lawyers are prepared to present your case before a judge if necessary.

    Contact Phillips Legal Group to get the professional legal help you deserve during a free, no-obligation case review session.

    Call us at 1-800-706-3000 or submit your case information via the online evaluation form.

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