New York City Dump Truck Accident Lawyers
Dump trucks carry materials like loam and gravel to and from construction sites. These large trucks can be seen entering and exiting job sites, including road construction, where dump trucks carry hot asphalt that is laid on the road.
Many dump truck accidents are avoidable. Unfortunately, the dump truck driver makes some error in judgment that ends up leading to a collision. If you’ve been involved in a crash with a dump truck, you might have a claim for compensation. Schedule a meeting with one of our Bronx dump trucks accident lawyers to review your case.
Careless Operation of a Dump Truck
Dump trucks are very large, and operators should use care when driving them and dumping out the contents. When operators use insufficient care, innocent people can get hurt.
Careless operation sometimes stems from:
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while fatigued
- Alcohol or drug use, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs
When a dump truck operator is careless, he can fail to yield, turn without looking, and drive too fast. All of these behaviors increase the likelihood of a crash.
Other accidents will occur because the dump truck is not properly maintained. When maintenance is lax, a driver can lose control of the vehicle and crash into other people. The truck owner is responsible for properly maintaining its fleet, and failure to do so can make the owner liable.
Dump Truck Instability
Accidents also occur because dump trucks are more unstable than other vehicles, especially when the box on the back of the truck has been raised to dump out materials. Some of the problems include:
- Stopping on uneven pavement
- Too much material stuck in the upper portion of the box when it is raised
- Faulty suspension system
- Malfunctioning lifting cylinders
- Uneven pressure in tires
In all these situations, a dump truck is at risk of rolling onto its side, injuring workers or motorists who are idling near the dump truck. Not only can they be crushed by the weight of the truck, but they might be buried by the material that comes spilling out of the box.
Seeking Compensation for an Accident
If you or a loved one was injured in a dump truck accident, you should consider whether you have a claim for compensation. Fortunately, you can usually sue both the dump truck driver and the company that employs him. Dump truck companies should have larger insurance policies than the typical driver, so you are more likely to receive full compensation for all your losses.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New York Dump Truck Accident Attorney
The lawyers at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman can begin working on your case as soon as possible, but we need to hear from you first. Our team has had great success over the past 80 obtaining compensation for our injured clients.
If a dump truck has struck you, or if its cargo has spilled out, give us a call. We can meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your injuries. Call 212-285-3300 or fill out our contact form.