It's often necessary to share the road with a dump truck. Dump trucks transport loose materials, such as those used in construction, from Point A to Point B. These vehicles are heavy and may cause devastating truck accidents.
How Dump Truck Accidents Happen
Dump trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds. A significant and potentially deadly accident may occur if the dump truck driver:
- Doesn't have adequate training. Dump trucks are different from other vehicles, and dump truck drivers should have sufficient training before getting on the road.
- Goes through a red light or stop sign. It takes dump trucks longer to stop than other vehicles, and drivers may have trouble stopping at intersections.
- Follows the vehicle in front of them too closely. If a dump truck follows the vehicle in front of it too closely and the driver in front brakes suddenly, the dump truck driver may not have sufficient time to stop before rear-ending the other vehicle.
- Fails to check their blind spots. Dump trucks, like other large trucks, have blind spots. Drivers must account for blind spots before changing lanes or backing up.
- Raises the bed of the truck too quickly. This may cause the truck to tip over.
- Doesn't secure cargo. Spilled cargo can hit other vehicles or cause other vehicles to swerve to avoid cargo in the road.
- Comes into contact with power lines. If any part of the dump truck hits overhead power lines, anyone in contact with the dump truck may risk electrocution.
- Is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol, illegal drugs, prescribed medications, and over-the-counter medications may interfere with a dump truck driver's ability to drive safely.
- Is drowsy. Truck drivers often work long hours at stressful jobs and may be tired. Tired drivers can be dangerous drivers.
- Is distracted. Dump truck drivers, like all drivers, can be distracted by cell phones, music, or even their own thoughts.
- Speeds or drives recklessly. Truckers have a job to do and may be in a rush to do it as soon as possible. Speeding dump truck drivers may cause catastrophic accidents.
Any of these accidents can cause substantial injuries.
Dump Truck Accident Injuries
The dump truck driver isn't the only one who can be catastrophically hurt in a dump truck accident. Other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are at risk of death or may suffer serious injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
After any injury, it's critical that you get prompt medical attention to diagnose and treat your injuries and to talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer.
What to Do After a Dump Truck Accident
You may be stunned or seriously injured at the accident scene. If you can, you should:
- Call the police
- Take photos
- Gather witness contact information
- Accept medical attention
In the days and weeks following your accident, you can continue protecting your legal and financial recovery by:
- Continuing to get medical care.
- Being cautious about speaking with insurance adjusters or the trucking company.
- Watching what you post on social media.
- Talking to an experienced truck accident lawyer.
All of these actions will help you present a strong truck accident case so that you can get the fair recovery you deserve.
Find Out Who Caused Your Dump Truck Accident Injury
Before you can recover compensation, you need to know who was legally responsible for your truck accident injuries. In some cases, it may be more than one party. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, the potential defendants in your dump truck accident case may include:
- The trucking company
- The cargo loaders
- The trucker
- The truck manufacturer or mechanic
You likely won't know who caused the crash while you are still at the accident scene. However, our experienced truck accident lawyers know what evidence to gather to find out exactly what caused the crash and who should be held legally responsible for your accident injuries.
Dump Truck Accident Damages
You deserve to know what you are fighting for before filing an insurance claim or bringing a personal injury lawsuit in a Wisconsin, Illinois, or Iowa court. If your claim is successful, you may recover financial compensation for your past, present, and future damages, including:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Out-of-pocket expenses
Our truck accident lawyers will gather all of the evidence and consult any necessary experts to value all of your damages accurately.
Don't Handle Your Dump Truck Accident Case Alone
The dump truck accident has disrupted your life. You may be unable to do everyday tasks that you once did independently without any thought, you may miss out on the things you enjoy, you may be unable to work, and you may spend a lot of time at medical appointments.
You don't need the added stress of handling your own truck crash case.
Instead, we encourage you to contact Hupy and Abraham's experienced truck accident lawyers for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Our Midwest truck accident lawyers have represented personal injury clients for more than 50 years. So far, we've helped more than 70,000 clients recover more than $1 billion in damages. Insurance companies that do business in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa know that we mean business, and they are often willing to settle our clients' claims fairly out of court because they know that we won't hesitate to go to court to protect our clients' recoveries.
We believe that hiring a lawyer should not be a financial burden for someone who was hurt by someone else's negligence. Accordingly, we are proud to offer you our Win or It's Free Guarantee. You won't owe us anything unless you recover damages for your injuries.
Contact us any time by chat, phone, or completing our online contact form to schedule your free meeting in one of our 11 personal injury law offices in Wisconsin, Iowa, or Illinois, in your home or hospital room, or by phone or video conference.