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Every year, approximately 500,000 commercial truck crashes in the U.S. About 5,000 are fatal.

This is not surprising: The vastness of trucks’ size and weight makes them far more dangerous on the road. Small-scale pile-ups with dump trucks are exceedingly common. Most people have had rocks hit them in the windshield by a dump truck headed for a construction site.

Crashes resulting in significant injuries are rarer, but the National Safety Council reports they have increased by 10 percent since 2019. In addition, more than 5,000 dump truck crashes each year cause severe injury or fatality.

The leading causes of crashes all fall under one umbrella: driver error. The two leading causes of such mistakes are 1) inexperienced drivers and 2) drivers that are exhausted or overworked. The labor shortages and higher demand created by multiple factors have increased pressures on truck drivers throughout the entire range. This has led to hiring less experienced drivers in new positions while existing drivers are being asked to take on additional shifts.

Putting someone tired or inexperienced at the wheel of a dump truck, semi, or trash hauler is a recipe for disaster. So when truck crashes occur, they are not surprising.

Many dump truck accidents include a piece of debris flying off the back of a truck. When that happens, the damage is typically minor: scratches or dents caused by rocks thrown up by construction or from the household debris from the hauler. However, in some cases, flying debris can prove deadly. If you are involved in a crash that involves trucks of any type, truck crash lawyers can help.

Truckers are required to maintain significant insurance policies. This is because their vehicles can be weighed down and do much damage. However, because these policies are so risky, insurers often struggle to cover their benefits.

For accidents that involve large trucks, an attorney who handles big-rig crashes will be able to uncover information that you cannot find yourself. This could include, but isn’t limited to, the truck’s mechanical details, the inspection reports, etc. Having that information can back up higher levels of settlement.

The median settlement in semi-truck crashes is about $150,000. For dump truck accidents, the average claim is far less, as most of these accidents result in only slight damages. Each case is different, and payouts are based on actual injuries caused by the crash. Our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys can walk you through the claims process, and we will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.

Dump trucks are used for a variety of purposes. They can be used for hauling coal, wood chips, trash, building materials, and more.

While dump trucks are available in all sizes, a common factor is that the back of the truck is often opened, allowing it to tip up and dump the contents. Regardless of the item being hauled, dump truck accidents frequently cause severe injuries, significant property damage, and much more.

This is due to the massive weight of the truck. Most dump trucks that you see out on highways and other public roads have three axles, one at the front for steering, and two at the rear for handling road weight. State laws differ about the maximum weight for the truck, but generally around 22,000 pounds per axle. For a 3-axle dump truck, it comes out to 66,000 pounds.

With an average vehicle weighing about 3,000 pounds, it is easy to understand just how dangerous an accident involving a dump truck could be. Even an accidental side-swerve could wreck your vehicle and cause you to suffer a life-altering injury. More importantly, some dump truck drivers can choose to use side roads in order to escape weight limits, leaving unsuspecting motorists who drive along those roads at risk for major accidents.

If you were in a dump truck accident, our attorneys are here to help make things right. The attorneys in our team have decades of experience fighting the trucking companies and their insurance companies to obtain compensation for our clients. Call us at (888) 491-0444 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Dump Truck Accident Lawyer today.

When you are involved in an accident involving a dump truck, even a “minor” one, the damages are almost always serious. involving a dump truBetween a dump truck and a passenger car, the passenger car is always going to be lost. Dump trucks do not lose at all; rather, they just run over your car, crushing it. And depending on how fast you hit, you and your passengers are likely to sustain serious and sometimes deadly, injuries.

The hazards of a dump truck accident have been made abundantly clear by recent news reports. In December 2019, a dump truck caused a six-car crash in Minnesota, leaving at least one person severely injured. In November of that same year, two people were killed when their vehicle was rear-ended by a dump truck in Texas. And in June 2019, a Jeep driver was killed after being struck by a dump truck in Washington state.

There were dozens of such crashes in 2019 alone. If you are the victim of such an accident, it is essential that you have an attorney on your side who knows what he or she is doing. Some law firms handle only specific types of injuries, and they might be unfamiliar with the laws and regulations surrounding large trucks.

Our litigation attorneys regularly assist victims in the aftermath of dump truck accidents and other truck crashes. We know how to litigate to get you the compensation you deserve.

Dump truck accident scene

Dumpers are typically used to haul away unconsolidated materials such as gravel and sand. When those materials shift, it can make a truck unstable, and a car may flip over or tail, particularly on turns taken at speed.

In fact, speeding is a major contributor to dump truck accidents, due to this exact cause. Another top reason behind these accidents is the driver’s fatigue.

Drivers can be working many hours and may be lacking in sleep as a result. This is particularly true if they are working longer hours than are allowed by law.

Driving when tired is as dangerous as drunk driving, and it is a huge problem for drivers operating big vehicles such as dump trucks. Driver inexperience may also be linked to the high number of dump truck accidents.

Trucking companies can hire drivers with little experience in order to cut costs, as there are usually fewer people interested in those types of jobs. Inexperienced drivers are more likely to mishandle unsafe situations, like driving too fast for the conditions of the roads.

With all of these different causes of dump truck accidents, it may be hard to determine who is exactly to blame for the crash. In general, there are a number of parties that could be held responsible. An experienced wrecker accident attorney can determine who is to blame for your injuries and other damages and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

After a dump truck accident, the trucking companies’ insurance companies are the ones who are most likely to contact you. We would expect that insurance company to offer you a settlement, which is probably much less than what you really deserve. The insurance company knows that you might be tight on cash, particularly if you can’t work because of the accident. So, they are hoping that you take the first offer they send out because once you do, you give up the right to sue for more compensation.

The attorneys in our exclusive network are all too familiar with these tactics. Not only have we taken on the insurance companies in the courts, but several of our trial lawyers have also worked with the largest insurance companies in the past. With this experience, our firm knows how to take on insurers in order to maximize compensation to our clients. Call us at (888) 491-0444 or contact us online to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation with a Dumper Truck Accident Lawyer today.

The Law May Limit The Time You Have To File a Dump Truck Accident Claim

Under the legal rule known as “the statute of limitations,” any claim stemming from a dump truck accident must be filed within a specific period of time, otherwise, the injured person’s legal claims are barred, and their right to bring suit is lost for all time.

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