Because of their enormous size (weighing up to 30,000 pounds!), accidents involving concrete trucks can be absolutely catastrophic.
Concrete trucks are large industrial commercial vehicles that can weigh up to 30,000 pounds with a carrying capacity of another 40,000 pounds. Collisions can result in devastating injuries.
The part that holds the concrete is called a drum, which rotates while the truck is in motion. These trucks also come equipped with pumps and hoses if cement needs to be poured at the jobsite. Tractor trailers may also be outfitted with mixers on the trailer portion rather than manufactured with a drum. Because concrete mixers are so large and cement can't stay pliable for long, they don't typically travel fast or far.
Due to the large size of cement trucks, many jurisdictions have mandated they drive slower than other commercial trucks. Each state has varying regulations for how fast commercial vehicles can drive on highways, interstates, and rural roads. When drivers ignore these regulations or engage in other dangerous driving habits, serious accidents can occur. Victims of these accidents should seek counsel right away.
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If these trucks are involved in collisions while traveling on highways or other roads, all other motor vehicles on the road at the time are in great danger. If these trucks overturn, not only does cement spill all over the road—making cleanup difficult—but these accidents are now more likely to result in life-altering injuries or fatalities.
Due to accidents such as these, construction workers have one of the most difficult occupations in the entire nation. They face risks from cranes and falling objects; on top of this, they are at additional risk for injury when in close proximity to concrete trucks. Similar accidents happen with garbage and dump trucks. When workers step out of the vehicle in order to help pour the cement, they can be injured if the truck was not put into park or if the emergency break was not in position.
The answer to this question will differ depending on the exact nature of your accident. If you were driving a passenger vehicle and collided with a cement truck, you will need a skilled attorney and accident reconstructionist to review your case. They can help evaluate whether the concrete truck driver was at fault in some way, or if their employer may be held responsible under certain circumstances. Similarly, if you were injured on a construction site due to a cement truck, you may also be eligible for compensation if another party was negligent or you are covered under workers’ compensation.
Arnold & Itkin has handled countless truck accidents and knows how to craft strong, compelling cases for injured clients. Whether you were injured on the job or on the road, our truck accident lawyers are ready to help. Fill out a free case evaluation to take the first step toward recovery.