Cement trucks, also referred to as concrete mixers, are large trucks with huge cylinders or drums located on the vehicle’s rear end that spin slowly at an upright angle. Cement trucks are primarily used to transport concrete to construction sites.
Being involved in a cement truck accident is no laughing matter, as they impose serious hazards to the truck driver, as well as any other individuals in nearby traffic. Unlike accidents that involve two passenger vehicles, cement truck accident victims are more likely to sustain critical and even fatal injuries. Not only do these trucks weigh anywhere between 25 to 60 tons, but liquid cement can pour out onto the road in a collision, possibly causing more vehicles to crash.
Cement trucks are massive industrial vehicles with an extremely high center of gravity, thus making it more susceptible to rolling over. In fact, a cement mixer can turn over, even if it is only driving at 5 mph when making a turn of ninety degrees.
Most of the time, cement must be delivered within a timeframe of 90 minutes of the truck being loaded to prevent it from hardening. Since these trucks primarily transport wet cement and are often in a hurry to get to their destination, these types of accidents occur more frequently than one would think.
A number of factors can play a role in either causing or worsening a cement truck crash, including driver inexperience, driver fatigue, recklessness, driver distraction, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, poor road conditions, lack of proper vehicle maintenance and bad weather.
Filing a claim against a cement truck driver or trucking company can be a complex process, and it is in the truck accident victim’s best interest to consult with a legal professional that is familiar with Florida trucking laws and regulations.
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