If you were involved in an accident involving a dump truck, you are likely facing astronomical medical bills, physical or mental health therapy, lost wages from your inability to return to work, as well as pain and suffering. Dump trucks may weigh up to 80,000 pounds and carry up to 280,000 pounds of additional material. With that much weight, carrying hazardous materials such as concrete, supplies, debris, and rocks, accidents involving dump trucks can result in substantial injuries or even death.
Responsibility and Liability For Dump Truck Accidents
Dump trucks are often used on both private and public construction worksites. It is essential to understand that if you suffered injuries from a dump truck, you might be able to sue the truck driver, the trucking company, or the government agency that was responsible for the project if it was a city or state construction project.
All of these types of lawsuits are very different. They involve different “statutes of limitations,” which are the deadlines by which a victim must file a lawsuit in a court of law or lose their ability to receive compensation for their injuries. Contacting an experienced dump truck accident lawyer immediately following your accident is critical to ensuring that you receive just and fair compensation under the law.
Causes of Dump Truck Accidents
There are several reasons a dump truck accident could occur, including the following:
- Driver Error. The dump truck driver was negligent, careless, or reckless in the operation of the dump truck causing an accident.
- Traffic Control. The construction zone involving the dump truck was not carefully marked off, causing an accident.
- Failure to Follow Federal Regulations. Dump trucks, as well as many commercial trucks, as well as trucking companies, must follow specific federal and state safety guidelines. Your accident may have been a result of the failure to follow these regulations.
- Equipment Failure. Every truck driver and trucking company has a responsibility to ensure that their equipment receives proper maintenance. If your accident was a result of the truck driver or trucking company’s failure to follow equipment maintenance protocols, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries.
- Unsecured Cargo. Dump trucks, as well as other trucks, often move large and bulky items. These loads must be secured correctly, or there must be some safety precautions taken to ensure that the load in the dump truck does not fall onto the roadways, pedestrians or other motorists.
No matter the reason for your accident with a dump truck, if the dump truck driver or driving company was negligent in any way, or if the government agency was negligent regarding following safety protocols, an experienced dump truck accident lawyer can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
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Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. This means that we only collect a fee for our services if we win your case. Government agencies and trucking companies will immediately start working to prevent paying a victim a fair amount of compensation for their negligence, so you want to have lawyers fighting for you from the beginning.
Contact our experienced attorneys immediately so that we can ensure the preservation of evidence needed to build a strong case on your behalf. We are ready to fight for your legal rights to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our compassionate and experienced legal team in Florida at (850) 706-4533 or in Alabama at (251) 225-8676 or online today for your free consultation.