Articles Posted in Dump Truck Accidents

Earlier this month in North Carolina, a five-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by an unattended dump truck. According to one local news report covering the tragedy, police investigating the accident believe that the truck was not properly secured when it was left unattended by the construction crew.

Construction EquipmentEvidently, the truck was parked on the side of a road in a residential neighborhood, near the top of a hill. A witness to the accident told reporters that a construction worker exited the truck, and then shortly afterward, the truck started rolling down the hill. The truck rolled for approximately 100 yards, taking down overhead power lines along the way, until it entered a resident’s driveway. The resident’s five-year-old boy was playing in the driveway and was struck by the unmanned dump truck. The young boy was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police arrested one man, whom they claim was responsible for the dump truck before it began to roll away. While the police have not disclosed the evidence they are using to make their assessment, they believe that the dump truck was not properly restrained when the construction worker exited the truck. Police are also looking into the safety record of the construction company to determine if similar violations have occurred in the past.

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All truck accidents are different. Some are straightforward accidents in which a driver’s fault is apparent. However, other accidents present a more difficult task when it comes to determining who was at fault, or what happened in the moments leading up to the collision. This is especially the case when all of the parties involved are seriously injured or killed as a result of the accident.

Truck TiresHowever, the fact that the police cannot piece together what caused an accident will not prevent any of the accident victims from filing a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. In fact, it is quite common for a personal injury case to rely solely on circumstantial evidence. Of course, physical evidence, eyewitness testimony, or a police officer’s account of the accident is preferred, but this is not always available.

Police Unsure of Cause in Truck Accident that Killed Two, Injured Two Others

Earlier this month, two men were killed and another two injured in an accident between a dump truck and a pick-up truck. According to one local news source reporting on the collision, the accident occurred at around 7:15 in the morning when the occupants of the pick-up truck were on their way to work. The accident was so chaotic that it was unclear who was driving the pick-up truck.

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A destructive accident late last month involving a farm tractor and a dump truck can be analyzed to demonstrate how accident plaintiffs may be able to make a case for damages after an accident that cannot be fully explained. According to a local news report, the semi truck accident occurred on July 27 on an Indiana highway, when a dump truck inexplicably rear-ended a farm tractor that was towing a piece of agricultural equipment on the road. Both the driver of the tractor and the driver of the truck were injured in the crash, and each remained in critical condition at the time of the article’s publication.

Dump TruckThe Loaded Dump Truck Crashes into the Tractor on a Straight Stretch of Road

According to the news report, the county sheriff gave a statement that the truck driver should have had a clear view ahead of him to see the slower-moving tractor, and it is unknown why he was unable to avoid the collision. After the impact, the driver of the tractor was ejected from his vehicle and sustained serious injuries. The driver of the dump truck, which tipped over and dumped its load against a guard rail, was trapped inside his vehicle with serious injuries for over two hours before authorities were able to access the passenger compartment and have the driver airlifted to a local hospital for medical treatment.

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It is a commonly known fact that truck drivers are at a greater risk of causing an accident than the drivers of other vehicles. This is due in part to the knowledge and experience that is necessary to operate these heavy, unwieldy vehicles. As is the case with all accidents, there will be times when the parties involved know each other. While this may make what was already a tragic event even worse, it should not stand in the way of the injured party pursuing the compensation they deserve.

Dump TruckIn Maryland and across the country, insurance coverage is mandatory for all drivers. This is of course true for truck drivers as well. In fact, depending on the type of cargo and truck involved, there may be specific insurance requirements that must be met by the trucking company. Insurance is required because in many cases the person responsible for the accident is not likely able to cover the extensive costs that may be involved. These include the medical bills for the victims, the lost wages they sustain while away from work and in recovery, and any decrease in future earning potential due to their new limitations. It may also include amounts for the emotional pain and suffering that the accident victim is forced to endure.

Thankfully, insurance companies are there to make injured parties whole again. However, insurance companies are also operated on a for-profit model and generally try to settle or deny claims to ensure they keep their coffers full for the stockholders. It is therefore very important that anyone injured in a Maryland truck accident seek the counsel of an experienced attorney to help them with the preparation of their case.

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Earlier this month, the Maryland Court of Appeals issued a written opinion in a truck accident case, holding that evidence of a defendant’s lack of insurance is not relevant and should be excluded from the jury’s consideration. In the case, Perry v. Asphalt & Concrete Services, Inc., the appellate court reversed the nearly $530,000 jury verdict and ordered a new trial.

volvo-1201106_960_720The Facts of the Case

The plaintiff was crossing the street in Frederick, Maryland, when he was struck by a dump truck that was working on a paving job at a nearby church. As a result of being struck by the dump truck, the plaintiff sustained head trauma and fractured several ribs. He then filed a lawsuit against the truck driver, the truck’s owner, and the defendant in this case, ACS, which was the company that hired the truck to complete the paving job.

The plaintiff’s theory against ACS was that the company negligently hired the truck driver. The plaintiff claimed that ACS was negligent because it failed to look into the truck driver’s licensing. In fact, the truck driver was not a licensed driver at the time of the accident. He also did not have liability insurance at the time of the accident.

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Like other large trucks, dump trucks are heavy and difficult to steer, and they take a long time to come to a complete stop once a driver begins to apply the brake. On top of that, the cargo in a dump truck is often loose stone or other debris that is covered only by a tarp, if it is covered by anything at all. The combination of these factors results in dump trucks being some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road.

dump-truck-3-1416869In fact, dump trucks have the highest number of fatalities among all kinds of commercial trucks, with about six fatalities per million miles traveled. Garbage trucks are not far behind, with about five fatalities per million miles traveled. Semi-trucks are a bit further down the list with about 3.63 fatalities per million miles traveled.

Another reason why dump trucks are so dangerous is because they have the capability to cause mass destruction when they are involved in an accident. Most dump trucks are extremely heavy and have a great mass, giving them the power to plow through several vehicles before coming to a complete stop. Dump trucks are often prone to tipping, due to their high center of gravity. This can result in additional accident victims because people driving behind the truck are forced to deal with the debris that spills onto the roadway.

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Earlier this week near Dover, Delaware, a dump truck driver crashed his truck into the rear of a semi-truck that was parked on the side of the highway. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result. According to one local Delaware news report, the accident took place in the southbound lanes of Delaware Route 1 at around five in the morning.

unusual-dumper-1514977Evidently, the operator of the dump truck was heading south on Delaware 1 when he became momentarily distracted and drifted off the road and into the right median. As the truck made its way off the road, it collided with a semi-truck that had parked under an overpass on the highway. The force from the collision pushed the semi-truck some 300 feet down the highway and up onto a grassy embankment. The dump truck ended up toppling over on its side a few hundred feet from the point of collision.

The operator of the semi-truck was in the sleeper area of the truck at the time of the collision and was surprisingly not injured at all in the accident. The driver of the dump truck was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and he was released after just a few hours. Both drivers were ticketed by police after the accident, the dump truck driver for inattentive driving and the semi-truck operator for parking in a no-stopping zone.

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In what is certainly one of the most catastrophic truck accidents to date, 28 people have been pronounced dead and over 140 hospitalized after a dump truck lost control in Mazapil, Mexico, when its brakes failed. According to a Yahoo! News report, the accident occurred as hundreds of worshippers were on their way to Saint Gregorio Magno Church.

dumper-2-1239143Evidently, the large group of people were on a pilgrimage to the church when the fatal accident occurred. As the dump truck driver approached the crowd, the truck’s brakes failed, sending it into another vehicle. The dump truck, which was full of tons of sand, then continued on into the crowd of 300 people.

After the carnage, over 140 were taken to the hospital. As of the time of this article’s publication, there were still 31 hospitalized, 10 of whom were still in critical condition. Fourteen people died on the scene, and another 14 have died since, either on the way to the hospital or while at the hospital.

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Earlier this month, an accident on Route 200, more commonly known as the Intercounty Connector, claimed the life of one man and injured another. According to one local news report, the accident occurred around two in the afternoon, between the Layhill Road and New Hampshire Avenue exits.

road-to-krzywonoga-1-767715-mEvidently, a dump truck from Montgomery County was carrying a load of gravel when it inexplicably skidded across the eastbound lanes and then toppled over in the median. Thousands of pounds of gravel spilled from the truck as it fell. Shortly thereafter, a Nissan car that was approaching the overturned truck was unable to avoid a collision.

The driver of the dump truck was tragically pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Nissan was taken to Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, not far from the site of the accident. He was admitted with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Earlier this month in Montgomery County, an accident between a dump truck and a county bus sent 10 people to the hospital with various injuries. According to one local news report, the accident took place about five miles away from Silver Spring in the White Oak area.

dumper-2-738455-mEvidently, around two o’clock in the afternoon at New Hampshire Avenue and Tracey Drive, a dump truck crashed into the back of the county bus, which was carrying a total of 16 passengers and a driver. After the accident, emergency crews ended up taking nine adults and one child to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers were not injured in the accident.

A police investigation is underway, but at this point it seems as though the dump truck rear-ended the bus while the bus was stopped. Authorities are not sure why the dump truck was unable to or did not stop in time.

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