McKinney Concrete Truck Accident Lawyer
With the construction boom hitting McKinney big time, you’re likely to see more concrete trucks and cement mixers out on the road. Fully loaded, these trucks can weigh 66,000 lbs, or 33 tons. That’s one heavy load to come barreling down the highway. With the high center of gravity these trucks have, the possibility of a rollover on a turn is high. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a concrete truck, you need an experienced McKinney concrete truck accident lawyer on your side.
Our personal injury law firm has the staff and legal experience to put you on a level playing field with the insurance companies and lawyers who will try to say you were to blame in the accident. Why would they try to blame you? To avoid paying you what you actually deserve.
Your concrete truck accident lawyer not only focuses on personal injury law, but also knows the rules and regulations as they apply to commercial vehicles like concrete trucks and cement trucks.
Concrete Truck and Cement Truck Regulations
Concrete trucks and cement mixers are heavy trucks known as commercial vehicles. This means drivers and the company that owns the trucks must abide by an additional set of regulations, above and beyond the traffic laws that you have to follow. For instance:
- Drivers are required to ensure their cargo is properly secured.
- Trucks must pass regular inspections.
- Regular maintenance is required.
- Drivers are required to undergo pre-employment testing, regular physicals, and road tests.
- Drivers must keep accurate records of hours of service.
If you are involved in an accident with a concrete truck, you need a concrete truck accident lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the FMCSA regulations as well as one who is experienced in handling cases involving multiple insurance companies and multiple lawyers.
Causes of Accidents Involving a Concrete Truck Accident
Concrete truck accidents can be caused by any number of factors including:
- Driver distraction
- Blocked view
- Brake failure
- Following too closely
- Making an illegal turn
- Impaired driving
- Tipping / Rollover
- Tire blowouts
- Inadequate driver training
- Failure to maintain the truck
- And more
If the police report on your accident puts the concrete truck driver at fault for the crash, you are one step ahead of the game as far as claiming damages. But the concrete company’s insurance company, and possibly the truck driver’s insurance company, will put a team of lawyers to work trying to show that you were at least partly responsible for the accident. If they can do that, they can reduce any settlement or court award you receive.
That’s because Texas has a “proportional responsibility” statute, which says the damages you are awarded must be reduced by the percentage at which you were found at fault.
We’ll Do an Independent Accident Investigation
To make sure we know exactly what happened and how it happened, we’ll conduct an independent accident investigation. This can include, but is not limited to:
- Accident reconstruction
- Reviewing accident scene photos
- Reviewing the police report
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Accessing and reviewing traffic cam footage, surveillance camera footage, and news station video of the accident and aftermath
- Reviewing maintenance and inspection reports on the truck involved
- Accessing the driving and arrest records of the driver
- Obtaining cell phone records
- And more, depending on what we find at each step and on the specifics of your accident
Types of Compensation We Will Fight For
The severity of your injuries, and whether anyone died as a result of the accident, will help determine the amount of compensation we will argue for. Types of compensation can include:
- Wrongful death claim
- Punitive damages, if the concrete truck driver was impaired
- Medical expenses, both now and in the future
- Lost wages as a result of the accident
- Loss of future income if you cannot work because of the accident
- Cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Other property damage
We’ll work with your medical team, employer, and insurance experts to determine the appropriate amount of compensation to seek.
Consult with a McKinney Concrete Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were injured in an accident with a concrete truck, consulting with an experienced McKinney concrete truck accident lawyer may be the best decision you make after your accident. At your initial consultation, we’ll go over the details of your accident, how badly you were injured, and discuss any offers the insurance companies have already made. Then, we’ll help you decide your next steps. Remember, there are no fees unless you collect.
Call us today at (214) 305-8277 or use our contact form and someone will get back with you quickly. We are available 24/7 to take your call.