Cement Truck Accidents
With so much construction going on, cement trucks are a common sight on Indianapolis roads. Cement trucks carry wet cement to jobsites, where it is used to pour the foundation for buildings or to lay down parking lots and roads.
These are heavy trucks. And when they collide with pedestrians and motorists, tragic accidents can result. Many people will suffer life-changing injuries after a wreck with a cement truck, and these victims need to contact an Indianapolis truck accident lawyer to learn more about possible compensation.
What Causes Cement Truck Accidents?
Cement trucks collide for many of the same reasons that other large trucks do: driver inattention, confusion, and fatigue. Other factors include driver impairment, such as drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
However, cement truck accidents have some unique causes:
- Lack of training. Cement trucks are harder to handle than other vehicles, including other large vehicles. Many drivers do not have sufficient experience or training, and they make critical errors that can lead to accidents.
- Cement trucks have high centers of gravity, which makes them inherently unstable. A cement truck can also rollover if it is not on level ground when it begins to pour cement.
- Cement hardens rapidly inside the mixer. Consequently, many truck drivers speed when trying to get to their next destination. At high speeds, drivers can lose control of their vehicles. They also need more time to stop, otherwise they will collide with traffic.
- Obstructed vision. Many cement trucks get into accidents when pulling into or out of construction zones. These zones are often chaotic, with many vehicles present.
Every cement truck accident is unique, and it is not always obvious how the accident unfolded. To protect your rights, contact an Indianapolis truck accident lawyer to review your case.
Who Is Legally Responsible for My Injuries?
The general rule in Indiana is that the person or entity responsible for the accident must pay compensation to those who were harmed. This is called liability. But liability is not always easy to establish.
In our experience, some of the following entities could be to blame:
- The truck driver. If the driver made some error or was careless, he could be liable for the accident.
- The driver’s employer. In Indiana, an employer is automatically liable when their employees injure people negligently in the course of their employment. Employers can also be independently liable, if they did not adequately train their drivers or if they put defective trucks in service.
- Truck mechanic. If a defect on the truck caused the collision, the mechanic who did poor work could be to blame.
- Truck manufacturer. In rare cases, a cement truck might have been defective in how it was designed or manufactured. If so, then the manufacturer can be legally liable for crashes that result from the defect.
At Keffer Hirschauer LLP, our team can swiftly take over your case and analyze liability. We can then fight to get you fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.