There are lots of different kinds of dangerous commercial trucks on the road, of course. But none of them are more hazardous than a dump truck. Not only is it huge, it also typically moves very slowly when it’s on a highway, forcing drivers to get around it if they want to travel at a decent speed. When a dump truck driver violates trucking regulations, such as driving while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that makes matters even worse.
You shouldn’t have to pay money out of your pocket if you’re injured in an accident caused by a negligent dump truck driver. That’s why hiring a lawyer should be one of the first things on your to-do list. At Penn Kestner & McEwen, we have a team of attorneys who know how to investigate truck accidents, and pinpoint all potentially liable parties. When you turn to our firm, you can rest assured that we’ll do everything we possibly can to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Even though truck drivers know they’re at the helm of incredibly large machines that can do a lot of damage, they continue to commit acts of negligence that put others at risk. Dump truck accidents occur far more frequently than you may realize.
The last year statistics for dump truck accidents are available is 2016. That year alone, there were more than 8,200 accidents that were so severe the truck had to be towed from the scene. These accidents resulted in more than 5,400 injuries.
Dump trucks come in many forms. The one you’re probably most familiar with is the garbage truck that rolls down your street or alley each week. But there are several others as well. These include transfer trucks, winter vehicles, semi-trailer dump end vehicles and others.
All of these trucks have characteristics that make them a potential safety hazard. It doesn’t help that the trucking industry in general has a critical shortage of qualified drivers. These are just a few of the features that make a dump truck especially dangerous.
It can be incredibly frustrating to have to share the road with one dump truck, much less several of them. But trying to overtake them can often be an incredibly risky proposition. You’ll be much better off being patient – it could very well make the difference between getting to your destination safely (even if it takes longer than you planned) and suffering a severe accident.
These are just a few tips to keep in mind.
There are a lot of steps you will need to take if you are hit by a mammoth dump truck. Here are a few of the most important ones.
There are a lot of reasons you’ll need a truck accident lawyer. There are just as many reasons why you should choose Penn Kestner & McEwen. We’re experts in helping our clients get the money they deserve when they suffer harm due to the negligence of a truck driver. Our attorneys will be here to answer any questions you may have, and to provide the skilled legal representation you need.