A cement truck is a large, heavy piece of machinery that drives on the frame of a medium to large-size truck. Despite the rotating motion of the cement mixer, the high center of gravity, and the poor visibility, these trucks are still street-legal and can even drive on highways.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a cement mixer truck, talk to an attorney right away. The injuries you suffered may lead to substantial compensation from the trucking company, construction company, or cement company that owns the truck. If you were working with a construction company and were injured because of someone else’s poor handling of the cement mixer, you might also be entitled to compensation.
Cement Mixer Truck Dangers
A cement truck is larger than most vehicles on the road and significantly heavier. A typical sedan, like a Honda Civic, weighs almost 1.5 tons (around 3,000 pounds). A cement truck, without any cement, typically weighs around 26,000 pounds (13 tons) before the cement is added. The cement itself usually weighs about 4,000 pounds per cubic yard – meaning that a 3-foot by 3-foot square’s worth of cement is heavier than a car. A cement truck can typically carry around 10 cubic yards of concrete, or 40,000 pounds – over 13-times the weight of a car. The combined truck and cargo weight is often 66,000 pounds or more.
Since this weight is all concentrated in the cement mixer on the back of the truck, most of its weight is positioned very high off the ground. This increases the risk of a rollover. In the case of emergency maneuvers, the truck may tip or flip, potentially injury other drivers, bystanders, or workers. The overall weight of the vehicle can also affect the driver’s ability to stop in a hurry. A truck weighing 66,000 pounds may need up to around 20-times the stopping distance as a regular car – which can be lengthened further if the road is wet or slippery.
Aside from the weight, lack of visibility is a huge danger. The driver of a cement truck often cannot see directly to their rear because of the cement mixer. This means relying on the awkward angles of side-view mirrors for visibility. Because the driver’s seat is so high off the ground, it is also difficult to see other cars to the front or side of the cab. Always give trucks like this space when passing or following on the highway.
Because these trucks are often used in construction, they may make sudden stops and turns. For roadside construction, this can mean these trucks go from highway speeds to completely stopped in a short distance. Without proper signaling or warning, this can force other drivers to make dangerous maneuvers to stop or avoid the truck, causing accidents.
Compensation for Cement Truck Injuries
The owner and driver of a cement truck can often be held jointly responsible for injuries the truck causes. In most states, the truck driver’s employer can be held liable for the actions of its employees. If the truck driver makes irresponsible or dangerous decisions on the road, the concrete, construction, or trucking company that owns and runs the truck could be financially responsible. This may allow you to recover substantial compensation.
If the company that hired the driver was negligent in making hiring decisions, you could seek compensation for those errors, directly. If their driver had a history of poor driving, DUI/DWI, or certain health conditions (like sleep apnea), the company could have been putting a dangerous driver behind the wheel. If this caused your injuries, you could seek substantial compensation.
If you were working with or alongside a cement truck, you might be entitled to compensation for any injuries you suffered. The machinery on a cement truck is always moving. There are also ramps and slides used to pour the concrete. These can lead to serious injury if mishandled. Additionally, working around the truck might be dangerous. When trying to maneuver the truck into a position to pour concrete, the driver’s poor visibility and fatigue from driving could lead to accidents.
Whether you were harmed in another car on the road, as a pedestrian, or as a bystander in a cement truck accident, you could be entitled to payments. These may cover your medical expenses, lost wages (if you missed work because of your injuries), and your pain and suffering. The specific rules of your state might limit recovery, so talk to an attorney right away.
Let our National Truck Accident Attorneys Help You
Before accepting a settlement from a trucking or construction company for cement truck injuries, always talk to an attorney. The truck accident lawyers at the Reiff Law Firm help injured victims get compensation across the country. For a free consultation on your truck accident case, give us a call at (215) 246-9000 or contact us online.