Dump trucks are used for all sorts of purposes. They may be used to transport coal, wood chips, garbage, construction materials, and much more. Though dump trucks come in all sizes, the common factor is that the back of the truck is frequently open, and can be tipped upward to dump out its contents.
Regardless of what the vehicle is hauling, dump truck accidents often result in severe injuries, serious property damage, and much more. This is because of the sheer weight of the truck. Most dump trucks that you’ll see on the highway and other public roads have three axles (one in front to steer, and two in the back to handle the weight of the road). State laws vary regarding the maximum weight of a truck, but it’s generally around 22,000 pounds per axle. For a 3-axle dump truck, that comes to 66,000 pounds.
With the average car weighing around 3,000 pounds, it’s easy to see how dangerous a dump truck accident can be. Even a side-swipe accident can destroy your car and leave you with life-altering injuries. What’s more, some dump truck drivers may take side roads to avoid weight limits, leaving unexpecting motorists on these roads in danger of being in a major collision.
If you have been injured in a dump truck accident, our attorneys are here to help set things right. At Auger & Auger, we have over 26 years of experience fighting against trucking companies and their insurers to get our clients the compensation they deserve. Give us a call at (800) 559-5741 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a dump truck accident lawyer today.
When you are involved in a wreck with a dump truck, even a “minor” one, the damage will almost always be severe. Between a dump truck and a passenger car, the passenger car will always lose. Dump trucks won’t give at all; instead, they’ll just plow through your vehicle, crushing it. And depending on the speed of the collision, you and your passengers will likely suffer serious, and sometimes fatal, injuries.
The danger of dump truck wrecks has been made evident in the news lately. In December 2019, a dump truck caused a six-car collision in Minnesota, leaving at least one person seriously injured. In November of the same year, two people were killed when their car was rear-ended by a dump truck in Texas. And in June 2019, the driver of a Jeep was killed in a collision with a dump truck in Washington State.
There have been dozens of similar incidents in 2019 alone. If you are the victim of a crash like this, it’s important you have a lawyer on your side who knows what they’re doing. Some law firms handle only certain types of injuries, and may not be familiar with the laws and regulations surrounding big trucks.
At Auger & Auger, we help victims of dump truck accidents and other truck accidents on a regular basis. We know how to build a strong case on your behalf to give you a better chance of getting the compensation you deserve.
Dump trucks are often used to carry loose materials like gravel and sand. When these materials shift, they can cause the truck to become unbalanced, and the vehicle might tip over or fish-tail, especially around curves taken at high speeds. In fact, speeding is one of the top causes of dump truck accidents for this very reason.
Another major cause of these collisions is driver fatigue. Drivers may work many long hours, and may, therefore, be sleep-deprived. This is the case especially if they work longer hours than they are legally allowed. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as driving drunk, which is very problematic for drivers who operate large vehicles like dump trucks.
Driver inexperience can be linked to a large number of dump truck accidents as well. Trucking companies may hire less experienced drivers to save on costs, and because there are generally fewer people interested in these kinds of jobs. Inexperienced drivers are likely to handle dangerous situations poorly, such as driving too fast for road conditions.
With all of these different causes for dump truck accidents, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly who is at fault for the wreck. In general, there are multiple parties who can be held liable. In any accident, one or more of these parties could be involved:
An experienced dump truck accident lawyer can identify who should be held liable for your injuries and other damages, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
After a dump truck accident, you will likely be contacted by the insurance company that covers the trucking company. DON’T TALK TO THEM! We would expect the insurance company to offer you a settlement that’s likely worth far less than what you actually deserve. The insurance company knows that you may be strapped for cash, especially if the wreck left you unable to work. So, they’re hoping you’ll take the first offer they send because once you do, you forfeit your right to sue for greater compensation.
At Auger & Auger, we’re all too familiar with these tactics. Not only have we fought against insurance companies in court, but partner Arlene Auger previously worked for a major insurance company. With that experience, our firm knows how to take on insurers to maximize our clients’ compensation.
We will fight for compensation for a variety of economic and noneconomic damages you may have suffered, including:
Give us a call at (800) 559-5741 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a dump truck accident lawyer today.