A Michigan cement truck accident lawyer can get you the settlement you deserve after an injury or death caused by this heavy machinery. These large trucks are seen on roads, highways, and construction areas and are a potential hazard to both the public and workers on construction sites. Injuries and deaths caused by these trucks are preventable.
If you or someone you care about suffered a serious physical injury or death from a cement truck, you should contact The Buckfire Law Firm now to start your case. There are strict time deadlines in the State of Michigan for filing personal injury lawsuits, so it is important to act now.
- Common Reasons for Cement Truck Accidents
- Work-Related Cement Truck Injuries & Deaths
- Can I Sue for a Michigan Cement Truck Accident?
- Can an Injured Worker Get More than Workers Compensation Benefits?
Information About Cement Trucks
Cement trucks are also called “concrete trucks.” Other names for these trucks are mixing truck, mixer truck, concrete mixing truck, and cement mixing truck.
They have a large drum on the top of the truck that holds the concrete. The drums contain sharp blades to mix the concrete before it is poured to prevent it from going hard. The concrete is poured from long chutes behind the drum.
Cement trucks generally weigh between 20,000 and 30,000 pounds, not including the concrete in the drum. The concrete itself can weigh more than 40,200 pounds. In most cases, the concrete needs to be delivered and poured within 90 minutes after being loaded into the cement truck.
Types of Cement Trucks
There are several types of cement trucks, as well as different sizes of the trucks. The trucks all serve the same function but may have different designs and configurations. The primary difference is the type of the concrete mixer on the truck itself.
- Batch Mixers
- Continuous Mixers
- Batch Concrete Mixers
- Drum Type Mixers
- Non-Tilting Drum Mixers
- Reversing Drum Mixers
- Pan Type Concrete Mixers
Every one of these trucks is large and heavy with the potential to cause catastrophic injuries and death if they are not properly operated or maintained. You should call a Michigan cement truck accident lawyer at The Buckfire Law Firm today to pursue your injury or death lawsuit.
Common Reasons for Cement Truck Accidents
Cement trucks are more likely to rollover than other types of heavy machinery. They are weighted heavily on the top, especially when full of cement mix. When confronted with a sharp turn or an action requiring a quick lane change, the operator may have difficulty preventing a rollover accident.
The most common reasons for cement truck accidents include:
- Driver error, like speeding or failing to yield at a traffic light or intersection.
- Driver fatigue from working too many consecutive hours without sleep.
- Driver distraction, like texting or making cell phone calls while driving.
- Poor vehicle maintenance, like worn brakes and other parts.
Construction companies and cement companies have a legal duty to operate these heavy machines safely on public roads and in construction areas. The failure to do so can give rise to a cement truck accident lawsuit if someone is injured or killed due to negligent operation or maintenance.
Work-Related Cement Truck Injuries & Deaths
Construction workers are often the victims of concrete truck accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration tracks injuries and deaths from these vehicles. Examples include the following catastrophic accidents:
- Worker killed when caught between drum and chassis.
- Employee suffered a fractured femur and pelvis when struck by cement truck.
- Worker is killed by a falling concrete pump truck.
- Employee is killed by a passing dump truck.
- Worker is electrocuted while pouring cement for a bridge.
- Employee suffers a closed head injury from being struck by a chute
An injured construction worker can file a workers compensation claim if injured in a cement truck accident. These claims pay benefits for lost wages and medical expenses.
Can I Sue for a Michigan Cement Truck Accident?
You can sue the cement truck driver and construction company if you or someone you care about was hurt in a cement truck accident. If you were an innocent driver or vehicle occupant, or a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist, you can file a lawsuit for pain and suffering damages.
To win your case, there must be credible evidence that the driver was negligent in the operation of the truck and that it caused a serious and permanent injury, or death. Our attorneys will get the accident reports, videos, and download the digital recorder on the vehicle to determine the speed, braking, and other actions of the driver prior to the crash.
If the accident caused a fatality, the surviving family members to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek damages for the loss of the loved one, the pain and suffering of the decedent prior to the death, and the resulting loss of financial and other support.
Can an Injured Worker Get More than Workers Compensation Benefits?
Under many state laws, including Michigan, an injured worker may be limited to filing a claim for workers compensation benefits. These benefits pay for lost wages and medical expenses but do not include compensation for pain and suffering.
There are some exceptions to the workers compensation rule. For example, an injured worker employed by another company can sue another company for pain and suffering damages. An independent contractor hurt on a job site may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Our attorneys have the legal expertise to determine if you qualify for compensation other than only workers compensation benefits. In some cases, you may be able to receive workers compensation benefits and also file a separate claim for pain and suffering damages.
How Much Can I get for a Cement Truck Accident?
Settlements in cement truck accident cases include money damages for pain and suffering, psychological damages, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life. There is usually a significant amount of insurance on these trucks to pay substantial settlements to victims.
For cases involving a death, the surviving family members can sue for damages under the Michigan wrongful death laws. These cases demand compensation for the pain and suffering of the loved one prior to passing away, the loss of companionship by the family members, and claims for financial losses suffered by the family from the death of the loved one.
Our No Fee Promise for Michigan Cement Truck Accident Cases
The Buckfire Law Firm will represent you under our No Fee Promise. This means that we only get paid a fee when we settle your case. It costs you no money to start your case and if your case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing.
Contact A Michigan Cement Truck Accident Lawyer
Call The Buckfire Law Firm now to get started on your case. We will listen to your story and start working on your case immediately. It is important to get started as soon as possible, so our award-winning attorneys and investigators can get the evidence needed to prove and win your case.
There are strict time deadlines for filing cement truck accident cases in Michigan. If you miss the deadline, your claim will be barred forever. Call us now to get started on your case!
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