Representing Victims of Cement Truck Accidents in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama
Cement trucks are used to transport the wet cement that helps build new roadways, buildings, and other structures. These trucks are enormous in size, typically weighing 30,000 pounds when empty and up to 60,000 pounds when carrying up to 10,000 pounds of cement mix. Professional drivers of cement trucks must operate their vehicles with the utmost care, whether they are driving on a rural road or a busy highway like the I-75. Accidents involving these trucks are extremely dangerous and frequently inflict catastrophic injuries on victims.
If you were recently injured in a cement truck accident, you need the help of legal professionals who understand how to ascertain liability and get you the compensation you are entitled to under the law. At The Hamilton Firm, we have leveraged our nearly 100 years of collective legal experience to obtain over $100 million in settlements and judgments for our clients in Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama. Our Chattanooga cement truck accident lawyers are ready to provide you with the aggressive, strategic representation needed to hold responsible parties accountable and secure an optimal outcome. We strive to offer a personal level of attention and service, which is why you will work directly with one of our attorneys from beginning to end. Our team is on your side and will do everything in our power to help you get justice.
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Cement trucks are unwieldy vehicles that can be challenging to dependably control even in ideal circumstances. Drivers of these trucks must be trained to safely operate them and be aware of the risks of how an accident can occur. In many situations, a cement truck accident will be caused by the negligence of the driver or one or more other parties.
Our Chattanooga cement truck accident attorneys are prepared to represent you if suffered injuries in a crash caused by:
- Speeding. Cement trucks carry wet cement, which hardens and becomes useless if it is not delivered to a construction site in time. This requires drivers to carefully plan their routes, but this urgency can also compel them to drive faster than they safely should. Traveling at high speeds can make the cement truck more likely to roll over, especially if an unexpected hazard triggers a sudden attempted stop or turn.
- Inexperience. Not all trucks drive the same. Cement trucks have a higher center of gravity than other commercial vehicles, meaning someone who regularly drives box trucks may not be prepared for the differences in how a cement truck handles and is consequently more likely to make critical errors.
- Improper turns. A cement truck’s high center of gravity and its rotating drum make it alarmingly easy for the vehicle to tip and experience a rollover, especially if a turn is not safely executed. Even a turn at a low speed can result in a cement truck tipping over.
- Distracted driving. Because of the additional risks that come with cement trucks, operators should give their full attention to the road. Texting while driving or becoming distracted by anything else can lead to dangerous mistakes.
- Fatigued driving. Cement truck drivers are often under immense pressure to complete many stressful, time-sensitive trips in a single day. Working too long without rest can lead to dangerous levels of fatigue, which is why all truck drivers must follow hours of service regulations.
- Intoxicated driving. No truck driver should ever operate their vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, especially when traversing construction sites and handling something as potentially dangerous as a cement truck.
- Equipment failure. A cement truck driver may do everything right but still get into a wreck due to the sudden failure of one or more vehicle components. A tire blowout could upset the truck’s balance, or a brake system failure could prevent the driver from safely stopping the vehicle before colliding with a hazard or car.
Liability for a cement truck accident tends to be extremely complicated, as it may not be initially clear who employs the driver, who owns the truck, and, ultimately, who is responsible. Depending on the cause of the accident and the layers of insurance coverage and ownership, multiple parties may be at fault. When you engage our team at The Hamilton Firm, we will act fast to conduct a complete investigation, taking steps to gather and preserve evidence, records, and data that will be crucial to building a strong case. We will also interview emergency response personnel, police officers, and witnesses as necessary.
One or more of the following parties may be liable for a cement truck accident:
- The truck driver
- The truck driver’s employer or broker
- The owner of the truck
- The shipper or warehouse involved in the cargo loading
- The truck or vehicle component manufacturer
- Parties responsible for vehicle maintenance, repairs, and inspections
- Insurance companies for various parties
Each states enforces time limits for legal action related to any kind of truck accident, including cement truck accidents. The location where the accident took place will govern which deadline applies.
In Tennessee, you have only one year from the date of the cement truck accident to file a lawsuit. In Georgia and Alabama, you get two years from the date of the accident to bring a claim.
Many cement truck accidents lead to catastrophic and even fatal injuries. If someone is killed in a cement truck accident in Tennessee, parties with standing have one year from the date of the victim’s passing to bring a wrongful death claim. In Georgia and Alabama, parties with standing have two years from the date of death to start the legal process.
When you suffer injuries in a cement truck accident, you have the right to seek economic and non-economic damages from the liable party. Economic damages are quantifiable expenses linked to the accident, while non-economic damages are less quantifiable consequences. The intent is to restore you to the financial position you were in prior to the accident.
Our Chattanooga cement truck accident lawyers will work to get you maximum compensation for all losses, including:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Ongoing or permanent disability
- Property damage
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Do not wait to consult a seasoned attorney if you or someone you love sustained injuries in a cement truck accident. Contact us online or call (423) 454-3288 today.
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