Any commercial truck accident has the potential to cause serious injuries because of the weight of the vehicle. One of the most serious crashes that can occur is between a dump truck and a passenger vehicle because of the concentrated weight of the truck, the high ground clearance under which a vehicle can be crushed, and other factors. This summer, there was a fatal crash in Orange County, Florida where two women were killed in a crash involving a dump truck. The truck driver was not injured, according to the news story. Another accident like this happened in Maryland last week, where two people also were killed. According to the news report, the two fatalities were in the passenger vehicle that collided with the dump truck while the commercial truck operator was uninjured.
When a dump truck is involved in a collision with passenger vehicle, the occupants of the car, van, or light truck often suffer devastating harm. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, P.A., our dedicated attorneys analyze all the facts of the case in order to develop effective strategies to get the compensation that our clients deserve. Our Miami truck accident lawyers have more than 120 years of collective experience in holding negligent attorneys accountable for their wrongdoing.
There are dump trucks all over the roads of South Florida and most of the time, these large vehicles are operated in a safe manner. However, when there is a driver who is not trained properly, a truck that is not maintained appropriately, or a reckless or negligent operator. The trucks that traverse the state are loaded with materials such as sands, rocks, construction materials, and waste.
There are many ways in which a dump truck collision occurs, including:
• Accidents while backing up - the sheer size of a dump truck makes visibility a challenge for a truck operator. If the driver does not take extra precautions to ensure a clear path, then it can lead to a horrific impact with individuals or vehicles behind the truck;
• Accidents as the result of overloading or weight imbalances - these vehicles are designed to carry heavy loads, but these trucks can overbalance or can experience tire blowouts while traveling at a high rate of speed, leading to terrible crashes; and
• Collisions with other vehicles - there are many circumstances in which a truck can impact another vehicle, including crossing over into oncoming traffic, making swinging turns, changing lanes recklessly, or taking other actions that place the dump truck into the path of other vehicles.