Serving Clients Injured in a Collision with a Concrete Truck, Cement Truck or Commercial Vehicle
Concrete trucks and cement trucks can cause accidents with devastating injuries and fatalities. Concrete truck drivers and the companies that own and oversee these fleets must be held to the higher standards the law demands of them. If you’ve been in a collision with a concrete truck, you’ll need an experienced truck accident injury lawyer who knows the law.
At Wilshire Law Firm, we’ve collected over $1 billion for our injured clients. Contact our concrete truck accident lawyers today at (800) 501-3011 to begin your free and confidential case evaluation.
Get an Experienced Concrete Truck Accident Lawyer On Your Side
Federal weight restrictions limit a fully loaded concrete truck to weigh 24 tons (48,000,000 lbs.) on interstate highways. In order to skirt around this weight limit, concrete trucks may stay off of interstate highways and use back roads and other routes where the speed limit is lower
If a driver is driving an alternate route than the interstate in order to deliver more concrete than the federal weight restriction allows, the driver may be tempted to travel over the speed limit in order to get the concrete delivered while it is still usable. Because of concrete truck size and weight, getting in an accident with a speeding concrete truck can be a nightmare you don’t wake up from.
Concrete Mixer Trucks Cannot Stop Quickly
A fully loaded concrete mixing truck is hard to stop. A concrete truck’s weight makes it harder to handle and it is more prone to tip over. A heavy truck that is harder to handle because of its weight speeding on a rural road is an accident waiting to happen.
It isn’t hard to imagine the kind of disaster that could result when a cement mixer is driving 60 miles per hour down a 45 mph back road and, after driving over the top of a hill, a slower-moving car pulls out of a side road hidden by trees. The concrete mixer doesn’t have enough time to stop or slow down safely. If the concrete truck slows down fast by slamming on the brakes, it may tip over and the concrete spilled across the road could cause an accident with the next vehicle that comes over the hill.
We Will Challenge the Insurance Companies
If you are seriously injured or somebody you love has a deadly encounter with a concrete truck, no one may ever find out what happened or you and your family may never receive fair compensation without filing a lawsuit. The company’s insurance carriers will not volunteer to give you a fair amount for your pain and suffering. They will process your claim slowly to discourage and frustrate you so they can get a better settlement for them and their insured; not a better or even fair settlement for you.
Their insurance company will send investigators out to the accident scene as soon as they hear about the crash, and the investigators are there to reduce the truck driver’s responsibility and make it harder for you to fully recover from your harm and losses from the accident. It is even possible for an insurance investigator to pose as a friendly bystander offering assistance just to try to get information from any survivors. They will try to find evidence that the accident was your fault, not the truck driver’s or the concrete company’s.
If the company or driver is clearly at fault in the accident they will try to place at least part of the blame on you in order to keep from paying you anything or to pay you less, depending on the laws in your state.
Justice with a Concrete Truck Accident Law Firm
Your best protection is to contact an experienced cement truck accident law firm immediately. When you call Wilshire Law Firm, we will send our own team out. If you are able to contact us from the accident scene it will be very helpful to your case and allow us the opportunity to go to the scene as well. The first thing you should do is call 911 to receive medical assistance. Then you should call a lawyer.
Whatever else you do, do not say anything to strangers at the accident scene regarding:
- Whose fault the accident was;
- If there’s anything wrong with your car before the accident;
- How badly you are injured; or
- What you were doing when the accident occurred.
Rest assured, the trucking company has been advised by their own legal team to make sure their truck driver says nothing other than what they have to in order to comply with completing the identification on the police report and seeking medical attention, too.
You can direct questions to your attorney if you have one. If you are not able to call us from the scene of the accident, try to contact us as soon as possible. Insurance investigators and other insurance company employees sometimes go to a victim’s hospital bedside in order to get information or to persuade them to sign a release of liability in exchange for a small settlement. This does not happen often, but you still need to be careful.
Dealing with Fatal Concrete Truck Accidents
If your loved one died in an accident with a concrete truck, our hearts go out to you. If you suspect the company is responsible, you may never know the truth or obtain justice without filing a wrongful death lawsuit. A lawsuit will allow your wrongful death attorneys to:
- Subpoena witnesses and company employees to testify under oath at a deposition.
- Demand production of company documents and records;
- Demand electronic records of all involved (including cell phone, social media, and email files).
- Force the company to answer questions truthfully in writing or perjure themselves.
- Force company employees to admit knowledge of wrongdoing such as failure to repair a vehicle’s brakes.
When your attorney gathers sufficient evidence for a strong case, you will have the bargaining power to demand a fair and just settlement or take it to trial. Juries have been known to award millions of dollars in punitive damages (to punish) in cases where there is gross negligence and/or a criminal act.
We understand that these kinds of tragedies can happen at any time of the day or night, and Wilshire Law Firm is on call to assist you 24/7. Call us now at (800) 501-3011 or fill out our website form for a free case evaluation.