Most motorists have had the unpleasant experience of driving behind a fully-load dump truck as it clumsily lumbers down the road. When loaded full of material or junk, dump trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds. As a result, drivers often have a difficult time coming to a complete stop and negotiating turns effectively. Additionally, dump trucks are heavy vehicles with enormous blind spots, making it difficult for operators to see other motorists. For these reasons, Arizona dump truck accidents are more common than most motorists realize.
Indeed, in 2016, the number of dump truck collisions increased by nine percent, to a total of 8,206. This figure only considers serious accidents that require at least one vehicle to be towed from the scene. Of these accidents, roughly 370 resulted in at least one fatality, either to the driver of the dump truck or to another person – motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist – involved in the accident.
As a general matter, dump truck drivers owe those with whom they share the road a duty of care. This duty not only requires dump truck drivers to operate their vehicle safely and responsibly, but also obliges that they take care to safely load the truck and ensure that the load is secure. Indeed, unsecured cargo that bounces out of a dump truck is a major cause of Arizona dump truck accidents.
After an accident, anyone injured as a result can pursue a claim against the driver, and possibly against the driver’s employer. These Arizona personal injury claims may result in the injured party recovering compensation for their injuries, including past and future medical expenses, lost wages, as well as for any pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Dump Truck Roll-Over Injures Worker
Last month, an Arizona dump truck rollover accident resulted in one man sustaining serious, life-threatening injuries. According to a recent news report, the accident occurred at a construction site in Mesa. The details of the accident are few, but authorities explained that the truck rolled onto its back while the driver was inside. The operator was trapped in the caged driver’s compartment until emergency responders were able to free him. He was then flown to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries. He is expected to make a full recovery. Police are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
Have You Been Injured in an Arizona Dump Truck Accident?
If you or someone you love has recently been injured in an Arizona dump truck accident, contact Saavedra Law Firm, PLLC. At Saavedra Law Firm, Attorney Freddy Saavedra represents accident victims in all types of Arizona personal injury claims, including semi-truck accident, dump truck collisions, and other types of traffic accidents. We have extensive experience handling even the most complex truck accident cases, and we are confident that we can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more, and to set up a free consultation to discuss your case, call 602-753-8917 today. Calling is free, and you will not pay anything for my representation unless I can help you recover for your injuries.