Dump Truck Accidents Much Greater Risk Than Most Realize


May 09, 2011

When Atlanta drivers leave their home each morning to commute to work, it is highly unlikely that anyone considered the possibility that he or she might be involved in a dump truck accident.

Most people presume that dump truck accidents are extremely rare events. However, according to one study dump trucks are involved in one in nine truck accidents. While it may be surprising that a driver has such a high risk of being involved in a dump truck accident, the news only gets worse. If you are the driver or passenger in a vehicle that is involved in a collision with a dump truck, your chances of being injured are a mind-boggling 94 percent. A dump truck is not something you want to hit or be hit by when driving your automobile.

The knowledgeable motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Atlanta law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been representing those injured in Georgia motor vehicle accidents for over 27 years. We are firmly committed to fighting for the rights of those injured by the careless driving practices of others in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. We are dedicated to pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients as part of our continuing efforts to develop a reputation as the top motor vehicle accident law firm in Georgia.

The frequency of collisions with dump trucks is due to a number of factors:

  • The drivers of these trucks have deliveries to make and are under tight time lines so they rush / speed.
  • The drivers do a lot of driving for extended periods of time so they get tired and distracted.
  • The trucks are designed to carry heavy loads, but sometimes these trucks get overloaded and tip over because they are top heavy.
  • The driver does not allow safe following distance in relationship to other cars on the road.
  • The truck has components that are defective or have mechanical problems resulting from poor maintenance.
  • The driver of the truck is just plain careless or reckless.

If you have been injured in a dump truck accident, you should contact an attorney immediately. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your injuries if the accident was caused by the negligence of the dump truck driver, the company that hired the driver or the manufacturer of any defective parts that contributed to the dump truck collision.

The massive weight of a dump truck poses particular risks when the truck is carrying a heavy load. A dump truck that is carrying a heavy load can rollover, particularly when the driver is driving at a high rate of speed or makes sudden drastic adjustments. The massive weight of a fully loaded dump truck also means that the force of any collision is much more severe often resulting in massive carnage and catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

In a recent dump truck accident, a dump truck operator was driving a dump truck fully loaded with dirt across a bridge when a driver in a small car pulled into his lane. The truck driver over-corrected, which caused the dump truck to roll onto its left side.

A horrific accident occurred in Bulverde, TX last year when a pick up truck was rear-ended by a dump truck. The man in the pick-up was waiting to take a left turn off of the freeway into his place of residence when the dump truck driver, who claims he didn't see him, hit the pick-up truck from behind while going more than 55 miles an hour. The man's truck was shoved into the other lane of oncoming traffic where it was then hit by two other oncoming pick-up trucks. The woman in the pick-up truck was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of an auto accident involving a dump truck you may have a right to compensatory damages. Dump truck accidents like these can be a result of driver or company negligence or manufacturing defects. Either way, it is important to seek the legal advice and representation of experienced Georgia dump truck accident attorneys. Our committed motor vehicle accident attorneys in Georgia have been representing victims injured in all types of motor vehicle accidents throughout Georgia for over a quarter of a century.

If you or your loved one has been injured or killed in a dump truck accident, Montlick and Associates will work quickly to prevent the destruction or altering of key evidence. Our experienced Georgia dump truck accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our lawyers are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Category: Auto Accidents

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