Incident With Dump Truck Shows Significant Dangers

We want to bring you a story about an incident that happened just the other day in Chester County. Two people were killed and three others injured when a dump truck rolled over onto their vehicle. The two people who were killed were a 50-year-old woman and a 59-year-old woman from New Jersey. Another woman in the vehicle could not be extricated until heavy equipment turned the dump truck upright and off of the other vehicle.

This cause of this incident is still under investigation, but it highlights the dangers posed by large trucks. Each day, we see thousands of large commercial trucks moving across our area, all helping to move our economy along. But do we know that all of these trucks are safe?

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What Can Happen?

For a moment, think about how many of these large trucks you see in and around Philadelphia on a daily basis:

  • Dump Trucks
  • Eighteen wheelers
  • Cement trucks
  • Garbage trucks
  • Delivery trucks

These commercial vehicles provide us with the items we need each day and they transport construction materials vital for our economy. But can we be sure they are all safe, all of the time? Unfortunately, we often see that vehicle failure and driver negligence causes many devastating large truck crashes.

Vehicle Failure

The Pennsylvania DOT says that “The vast majority of primary factors in heavy truck vehicle failures were related to tires and wheels, brakes, powertrain failure and unsecured trailer/overloaded.”

When a truck experienced vehicle failure, it can cause the driver to lose control of the truck at a high rate of speed. The damage from a high-speed truck accident can be catastrophic. That is why truck companies and owners regularly inspect and maintain thee vehicles.

Driver Negligence

Negligent driving behavior for a truck driver is irresponsible and should not happen. This includes:

  • Ignoring state and federal laws and regulations determining how many hours a driver can operate each day, as well as how much weight they are allowed to carry.
  • Driving while distracted by a phone or other device.
  • Operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Driving aggressively or too fast for conditions.

What Comes Next?

We know that the last thing you expected to be dealing with was a truck accident that caused injuries to yourself of a loved one. If someone else’s negligence was the reason for the accident, you are likely wondering what your options are. At the Dan Doyle Law Group, we will work tirelessly to secure the compensation you need in the aftermath of an accident. This can include coverage for your medical bills and lost wages as well as pain and suffering damages.

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