Auto Accidents Involving Cement Trucks
Car accident damages can be severe, but the likelihood of catastrophic injuries or death increases significantly in accidents involving commercial trucks. Cement trucks are one type of commercial truck that poses a huge threat to drivers on the road, because of their substantial size and weight.
Drivers in Lakeland, FL, Winter Haven, FL, and surrounding areas who have been injured in an auto accident involving a cement truck should work with knowledgeable truck accident attorney Daniel D. Moody. Daniel D. Moody and his team gather the evidence necessary to prove liability so that accident victims can be justly compensated for resulting damages.
Why Are Cement Trucks So Dangerous?
Cement trucks travel many of the same roads and freeways that are driven by other automobiles and passenger vehicles. Just like any other type of automobile, cement trucks can be involved in an automobile accident at virtually any time. However, there are certain features of cement trucks that set them apart from other cars and passenger trucks on the road, making them particularly dangerous in the event of an accident.
Cement trucks are significantly larger and heavier than nearly every other type of vehicle. In many cases, cement trucks weigh even more than other commercial trucks. The cab of a cement truck alone can weigh up to 30,000 pounds. If a cement truck is carrying a full load of concrete, the estimated weight of the vehicle is 70,000 pounds. In contrast, cars weigh around 4,000 pounds on average. Looking at the weight difference alone, it is easy to see why cement trucks are a hazard to passenger vehicles. In an accident, a cement truck can cause a catastrophic or deadly impact.
Liability for Cement Truck Accidents
Even if a cement truck driver is clearly at fault for an accident, determining liability can be complex, because liability may fall on the driver of the cement truck, the company that owns the truck, or the party responsible for the truck’s maintenance. In some cases, liability is shared by multiple parties.
Daniel D. Moody and his team gather the evidence that is necessary to prove accident liability for their Lakeland clients. We even have a rapid response team who will report to the scene of a commercial truck accident at any time of day or night, so that we can gather important evidence that is essential to the re-creation of the accident and the determination of accident liability.
Recoverable Accident Damages
When a person or party is found liable for a cement truck accident, they are responsible for compensating accident victims for the damages related to the accident. While each accident is unique, cement truck accident damages that may be recoverable by victims include:
- Medical expenses (including anticipated future care and the cost of any ongoing rehabilitation)
- Lost wages
- Loss of wage earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses and loss of consortium (if the accident results in death)
Contact Daniel D. Moody
If you or a loved one has been injured in an automobile accident involving a cement truck, attorney Daniel D. Moody can help you hold liable parties accountable so that you are justly compensated for your losses. To discuss the details of your accident, send us a message online or call (863) 284-9090 to schedule a consultation.