Large trucks traveling to and from construction sites near major roadways can seriously injure or kill motorists, pedestrians, or even other construction workers at the construction site. The types of construction trucks that typically appear on construction sites include dump trucks, excavators, bulldozers, trenchers, front loaders, cherry pickers, graders, cranes, backhoes, or cement mixers. An accident involving any of these types of large, potentially lethal, construction trucks may result in catastrophic injuries or death.
If you suffered injuries in an accident with a construction truck, contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444 to help you understand how an Evanston construction truck accident lawyer may help you with your case.
Negligence and Construction Truck Accidents
The sheer size and lack of complete visibility on a construction truck make them more difficult to maneuver and operate. Each type of construction truck has very specific and specialized controls that move the vehicle in a certain way. Construction companies have a responsibility to hire experienced construction truck drivers and operators and ensure that they receive proper training on how to handle such dangerous equipment in the safest way possible to avoid accidents.
Additionally, all of these types of construction trucks require specific and regular maintenance to ensure their safety. If the trucking or construction company fails to regularly maintain these construction trucks up to federal safety standards, accidents may, in fact, result. Additionally, if the construction company failed to hire experienced truck drivers or failed to provide them with specific training on the exact type of construction truck they would operate, the construction company or the trucking company may also bear liability for any injuries or losses suffered in a construction truck accident.
Construction Truck Accident on the Roadways
In some cases, a victim of a construction truck accident was not on the scene of a construction site at all, but rather simply a motorist on the roadway. Many of the previously mentioned types of construction trucks need to travel from the construction site on the roadways and back again to gather more materials and items needed for building. While these construction trucks are either on or near the roadways, they may cause serious accidents to other motorists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians.
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Determining Negligence in a Construction Truck Accident
Since there are several scenarios in which different types of construction trucks could cause an accident, it is impossible to provide any typical outcomes or resolutions with regard to construction truck accident cases. The liability may rest either with the driver of the construction truck, the construction truck company, or the construction company that hired the construction truck to perform services for them. In some cases, if an investigation proves that a manufacturing defect caused the construction truck accident, a victim may have the legal right to pursue a claim against the manufacturer or a construction truck part or component that malfunctioned or proved defective in some way.
Some questions that may help a victim determine how to pursue a charge against a truck driver, trucking company, construction company, or manufacturing company could include the following:
- Did the construction truck have all of the safety features working and operable?
- Did the construction truck driver use the safety features, such as warning signals or backing signals, appropriately?
- Did the trucking company or construction company provide safety training regarding how the driver should safely operate the construction truck under all circumstances?
- Were the construction truck safety systems working appropriately at the time of the construction truck accident, including such safety systems as steering components, braking systems, or warning lights?
- Did the construction truck have all safety systems required under federal and state law?
- Did the truck driver, trucking company, and construction company follow all federal and state-mandated safety protocols?
- Did either the truck driver, trucking company, or construction company ever have any safety issues prior to this accident?
- Was the construction site part of a federal, state, or local government project?
- Were any people related to the construction truck accident under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision?
- Did any driver, including the construction truck driver, fail to follow a traffic rule prior to the construction truck accident?
- If the construction truck had any kind of cargo or load, was that load appropriate and secure according to federal and state guidelines, such as Section § 392.9: Inspection of cargo, cargo securement devices, and systems of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)?
- Did any cargo fall from the construction truck, either causing the accident or making the accident worse?
- Did the construction truck driver have fatigue, or did the truck driver fall asleep at the wheel?
- Did the construction truck driver engage in any kind of reckless or dangerous maneuvers causing the accident?
- Did an independent investigation determine that the cause of the construction truck accident stemmed from a defective truck part or component?
This list of questions is clearly not exhaustive; however, the development of a personal injury case related to a construction truck accident is complex and legally challenging. An Evanston construction truck accident lawyer may help you determine liability in your construction truck accident case.
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If you were in an accident involving a construction truck of any kind, or if your loved one died in an accident with a construction truck on the roadways of Illinois, you may have the right to receive compensation for the resulting medical bills, pain and suffering, or lost wages. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm at (800) 794-0444. We can provide you with a free consultation to help you learn how an Evanston construction truck accident lawyer may help you pursue a claim against the construction truck driver, construction company, trucking company, or government entity.