Three Cars Crushed in Atlanta After Cement Truck Overturns
A cement truck that overturned in Midtown crushed three cars and sent several to the hospital, including a former Atlanta mayor, according to WSB TV. The accident happened on Monday, May 11th when a cement truck drove through an intersection as the light was turning red and a Lexus pulled out in front of it. The cement truck driver swerved in an effort to avoid the car, but the weight of the vehicle tipped the truck. One man had to be pulled from his crushed car and was transported to the hospital for treatment of a head and hand injury.
Former Atlanta Mayor and United Nations ambassador Andrew Young was a passenger in a vehicle involved in the accident. Young was reportedly transported to the hospital to ensure his injuries were not serious.
Just one day after this Georgia truck accident, a cement truck rollover closed a road in Maine, according to WCHS 6 in Portland. The cement truck involved in the accident also apparently rolled over after rear-ending a vehicle in slowing traffic. Fortunately, only minor injuries were reported.
Heavy Cement Trucks Can Cause Serious Injury
Cement trucks vary in size but can weigh up to 30,000 pounds and can haul another 30,000 pounds of concrete or cement, placing their total weight at around 60,000 pounds. This heavy tonnage is significant to cement truck accidents in several ways:
- A cement truck fully loaded with concrete may have a greater stopping distance than other vehicles. Therefore, if a cement truck driver must come to a complete stop quickly, he or she may not be able to do so in time.
- The hefty weight of the cement truck affects not just stopping distance but the vehicle's handling as well. Rollover accidents are common with cement mixer trucks.
- When a cement truck is fully loaded, its axles and other equipment are under significant stress. As such, it is essential that the cement truck operator and owner perform inspections to ensure the equipment is in good working order so that an equipment failure does not lead to a serious accident.
- In an accident between a cement truck weighing 60,000 pounds and a regular passenger vehicle, it is not difficult to predict which vehicle will likely have the better outcome. The weight of the concrete truck can result in serious injury to the occupants of the passenger vehicle, including, but not limited to, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, and even death.
If you or a loved one is injured in any sort of truck accident caused by another person or party, time is of the essence. Contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.
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