Car Accidents Involving Dump Trucks
Auto accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in the United States. While any collision has the potential to cause catastrophic damages, the degree of loss is likely to be much higher when a large vehicle or truck is involved.
Car accidents involving dump trucks are all too common on roads across America. Unfortunately, dump truck drivers or the trucking company may not take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of an accident.
Victims of car accidents involving dump trucks in Brooklyn, NY and surrounding areas can work with the auto accident attorneys at Zucker & Regev, P.C. to seek financial compensation for losses.
Types of Dump Truck Accidents
There are many types of auto accidents that involve dump trucks. Due to their size and weight, and how they are operated, there are certain types of accidents that are more common for dump trucks than others.
- Rear-end accidents: Because of their large weight (especially when carrying a load), dump trucks take a long time to come to a complete stop. An inexperienced or poorly trained dump truck driver can hit another vehicle from behind.
- Rollover accidents: Dump trucks are already top heavy, but improperly loaded cargo can throw off a dump truck’s balance even more, increasing the risk of a rollover accident.
- Blind spot accidents: Every vehicle has blind spots, but they are particularly large on trucks. Blind spot accidents are a common problem when drivers fail to check mirrors and look over their shoulders before making a lane change.
- Falling cargo accident: Dump trucks carry dirt, building materials, and other loose objects. If a load is not properly secured, it can fall out of the truck and strike other vehicles on the road.
What to Do after an Accident
The first priority after any type of accident is to seek medical attention for injuries. Even if there are no apparent injuries, accident victims should schedule a medical exam as soon as possible to rule out any potential complications.
Aside from medical treatment, it is important for accident victims to collect as much information as possible regarding the details of the accident. This includes personal information for all involved drivers, insurance information, and contact info for any accident witnesses. All of this will be helpful when it comes down to determining accident liability.
Determining liability in a car accident involving a dump truck can be complicated, which is why it is beneficial to work with experienced attorneys. Even if a dump truck driver seems responsible for the accident, liability for damages may fall partially or completely on the trucking company that owns the dump truck.
The attorneys at Zucker & Regev, P.C. will work alongside experts in the field to accurately recreate an accident so that we can determine the cause of the collision.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident involving a dump truck, you may have a right to financial compensation for accident damages. To learn more about your legal rights, contact us at your earliest convenience, or set up a personal consultation with one of the experienced attorneys at Zucker & Regev, P.C. in Brooklyn by calling (718) 624-1211.