Dump truck accidents can happen for many reasons and in locations such as construction zones or on busy roads. No matter the cause of the crash, the injuries sustained in a truck accident can be severe and often life-threatening. Keep reading to find out how GriffithLaw can help get you the settlement you deserve after being injured or losing a loved one in a dump truck accident.
Common Causes and Types of Dump Truck Accidents
A dump truck’s massive size and weight make it more challenging to drive around other vehicles and pose a higher risk for accidents. Those who share a road with a dump truck need to be cautious and give the truck extra space since they require additional stopping distance and extra room when making a turn.
Some common causes of dump truck accidents are:
- Wide turns
- Distracted or drowsy driver
- Blind spots
- Lack of maintenance
- Poor weather conditions
There are various types of dump truck accidents, such as:
- Lost load and spilled cargo accident. Dump trucks carry heavy cargo; if it is not loaded or secured correctly, it can spill or break free from the truck. Falling cargo and debris can hit other vehicles and cause serious, if not fatal, accidents.
- Construction zone accidents. Among the most common are dump truck accidents in a construction zone. Construction zones are often congested with traffic, and dump trucks carrying heavy cargo can cause accidents when entering or exiting a site.
- Rollover accident. A rollover accident happens when cargo in a dump truck is not loaded properly and shifts while the truck is moving. This can cause the truck to roll onto other vehicles in its path, which can be deadly.
- Rear-end collision. A dump truck can collide with another vehicle in a rear-end accident since it is loaded with cargo and may not be able to come to a complete stop as quickly as needed. When the truck cannot stop in enough time, it collides with the car in front of them and causes a serious accident.
- Blind spot accidents. Dump trucks have many blind spots, and if a driver fails to check them when turning or merging into traffic, they can hit other vehicles and cause serious injuries.
Possible Dump Truck Accident Injuries
Possible injuries from a dump truck accident are:
- Broken bones
- Bruises and cuts
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
Why You Need a Tennessee Truck Accident Attorney
A dump truck accident can leave you with devastating injuries that impact your daily life and ability to work. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. GriffithLaw can protect your legal rights and determine what party to hold liable for your injuries.
Since the laws surrounding truck accidents can be complex, a truck accident attorney understands the regulations and what parties may be responsible for the dump truck accident. Unlike a car accident, in a dump truck accident, multiple parties can be held responsible. A truck accident lawyer will identify all possible liable parties, such as the:
- Driver of the truck
- Trucking company
- Truck manufacturer
- Cargo company
- Truck maintenance company
The insurance company may dispute liability and deny or underpay a dump truck accident claim.
An experienced dump truck accident lawyer will negotiate with insurers and fight to get you the settlement you deserve.
In addition, a dump truck accident lawyer can determine what damages you are entitled to receive for your injuries or loss. In Tennessee, you can recover the following damages:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of past and future income earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disfigurement
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
Tennessee Statute of Limitations
Like in most states, Tennessee has a statute of limitations for filing a claim for personal injury. You will have one year from the date of the accident that caused your injury to file a claim. A dump truck accident attorney will ensure you file your lawsuit within this deadline. If you miss the deadline, the court will dismiss your case, and you will not be able to pursue compensation for your injury or loss.
Contact Our Tennessee Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in a Tennessee dump truck accident, contact GriffithLaw’s experienced team of truck accident attorneys for a consultation. We charge no fee if there is no recovery. To schedule a free, no-obligation case review, contact us online or call our office at 615-823-8233.