At the Charpentier Law Firm, we know the dangers of large truck accidents involving tractor-trailers or construction vehicles. These sorts of crashes can result in catastrophic injuries and even fatalities, which is why our Melbourne, FL attorneys want to make sure negligent truck drivers are held accountable for any harm that they cause.
Attorney Stephen G. Charpentier would like to consider crashes involving cement mixer trucks. These vehicles are a common site when construction or roadwork is occurring, distinguishes by their rotating drums in the back. When these kinds of trucks are involved in accidents, the results can be disastrous.
Extra Stopping Time and Distance
Given the size of a cement mixer truck, bringing these large vehicles to a complete stop requires extra time and distance. If a driver doesn’t start braking in time, it can lead to a collision. The chances of a crash are increased when poor road or weather conditions adversely affect traction on the road.
Cement Mixer Trucks and Blind Spots
The size of a cement mixer truck can also lead to issues with blind spots. Drivers of these construction vehicles have a hard time seeing vehicles to the side and back of the truck. When a driver cannot see nearby vehicles, the chances of a crash are much higher.
Problems with the Concrete Drum
The drum on the back of a cement mixer truck is meant to hold and mix concrete, cement, gravel, and/or water and keep it in a state that is suitable for pouring and placing. Issues with the concrete drum could cause the materials to pour onto nearby vehicles, which can result in dangerous driving situations.
Hazards If Materials Wind Up on the Road
Even if concrete or cement materials do not impact vehicles directly, this material on the road can lead to a number of dangers. Drivers may attempt to swerve out of the way of this material, or they might drive over the material and have issues with vehicle control. Neither situation is acceptable.
Added Dangers Near Construction Sites
When cement mixer trucks are near construction sites, hazards for motorists and passersby may be increased. As these truck back into or back out of work areas, other workers should be present to slow down oncoming road and foot traffic to prevent accidents. Negligence at the work site could lead to severe injuries that could have been prevented.
Determining Liability in a Crash
When an accident with a cement mixer truck occurs, determining liability can be complicated. In some cases, the driver of the cement mixer truck is liable due to inattention, distraction, or operating the vehicle in a reckless or negligent manner. At a work site, fellow workers may be liable for failing to alert car and pedestrians of an approaching vehicle.
If you have been in an accident with a cement mixer truck, our legal team can go over the evidence in your case and determine the right course of action to take. During the legal consultation, we will provide ample information on all of your legal options available.
Speak with an Auto Accident Lawyer
For more information about your legal rights and options after an accident with a large truck, be sure to contact an experienced injury accident lawyer. The team at Charpentier Law Firm is here to help. You can reach our office by phone at (866) 615-7868.