The structure of dump trucks and the contents they carry make them inherently dangerous to other vehicles and passersby. Heavy loads such as gravel and sand have the potential to cause a significant injury, which may affect you or a loved one for a lifetime. However, while some injuries may be life-changing, even a relatively minor injury may leave you unable to work in the short-term and with medical bills to pay.
You or a loved one may also experience flashbacks, anxiety, and depression that stem from your accident. These feelings can cause distress and stop you from enjoying life.
When you or a loved one suffers in this way, you have the right to pursue compensation. By working with a Chicago dump truck accident lawyer, we can:
- Assess your case
- Make you aware of your options
- Offer you legal guidance along the way
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Causes of Dump Truck Accidents
The causes of dump truck accidents are variable but may include driver error, intoxication, poor weather, or road conditions.
However, there may also be some factors specific to a dump truck vehicle, including:
Lack of Visibility During Reversing
Dump truck drivers may have limited visibility when reversing. This can lead to physical injury to any other drivers, their vehicles, or to surrounding structures.
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An overloaded dump truck is in danger of tipping over and may cause injury to passers-by, car drivers, and passengers, or cause damage to vehicles or nearby objects.
There are guidelines that dump truck drivers, their employers, or the person who loads the vehicle should abide by when it comes to truck weight. If liable parties failed to follow proper guidelines, you or your loved one may be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
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Uneven roads may also cause or contribute to an accident. An uneven road can destabilize a dump truck and leave it vulnerable to tipping over. A road may be naturally uneven, or it may be in a poor state of repair, which could contribute to the accident. In the event of poor repair, it may be possible to pursue a personal injury case against a local authority.
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Lack of Training
The dump truck driver may also have lacked the experience to operate the vehicle, or they may not have adequate training. The driver may not understand best practices, safety regulations, and other important aspects of driving a dump truck safely. In these circumstances, the driver’s employer may also be partially responsible for any accident.
A Chicago dump truck accident lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your or your loved one’s accident. If we find grounds for a personal injury claim, we can help you pursue it.
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Helping You Pursue Your Right to Compensation
Although you may be able to pursue compensation, the task may not be as easy as it may seem. You may have to face powerful insurance companies or large construction businesses. These parties may not be interested in making sure you or your loved one are fairly compensated.
Often with an insurance company, they will be more interested in settling fast and for the least amount possible. This may mean that you miss out on the level of compensation that you or your loved one deserve.
In addition, larger construction firms will usually have access to a legal team they can call on. This can leave you or your loved one at a distinct disadvantage as you try to settle with them.
While it may seem like insurance companies and the construction firm stack the odds against you, the Pintas and Mullins Law Firm are on your side and we do not shy away from tough cases.
We believe the defendant should pay for any ongoing treatment and other awards that may apply. To help achieve this, our law firm works on a contingency basis, meaning that you or your loved one does not have to pay anything unless your case is successful.
You or your loved one may have concerns and questions regarding potential legal action. However, a Chicago dump truck accident lawyer can help put your mind at ease.
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We understand that you may be reluctant to pursue legal action, especially as you and your loved one continue to recover from devastating injuries or the trauma of an accident. However, we encourage you to come forward as soon as you are able.
Although you may pursue compensation, because of the statute of limitations the state of Illinois may impose, there is limited time for you to do so. In Chicago, you have two years from the injury to file a claim under 735 ILCS 5/13-202. If you miss this deadline, you or your loved one may lose the right to pursue the recompense you deserve.
Therefore, we advise you to approach us at the earliest opportunity to allow our team to assess your case while your memories are still fresh. Early action will also allow us to access vital evidence that may be relevant to your case. For further details, call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 223-5115.