Concrete trucks are assigned to tasks that require a heavy, rugged vehicle. Such great weight can come with great consequences during a collision. Weighing tens of thousands of pounds, as the Department of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy explains, a concrete truck may be able to cause severe damage when involved in a collision with:
- A pedestrian
- A car, truck, or SUV
- A bicyclist
- A motorcyclist
Concrete truck drivers and those who employ them must live up to the safety responsibilities that help prevent accidents. A driver failing to do so may have caused your accident or an accident that took the life of a loved one.
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The Responsibilities of All Drivers in Clearwater
The duties of a concrete truck driver are no different than those of any other driver in Clearwater: to drive in a way that puts safety first. So long as a driver does not cause a collision with other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, they may be upholding their responsibilities as a motorist.
There are several ways that a motorist can exercise a safety-first attitude when driving a concrete truck or any other type of vehicle.
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A Driver Must Avoid Impairment
There are numerous types of impairment that could lead a concrete truck driver to be in an accident.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) explains that a driver may be impaired by:
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter drugs
- Illicit drugs
These sorts of substances may alter both the mind and physical state of a driver. A driver may be impaired by other issues, including by their own emotional state or lack of sleep. Avoiding impairment is one way that a driver may avoid causing a collision and having to pay a victim such as yourself for the consequences of a collision.
A Driver Must Heed Traffic Signals
A concrete truck driver may encounter a great number of traffic signals in a small span of time and distance. They have a duty to heed each and every one of them, as failing to do so may cause a collision.
If a concrete truck driver fails to heed the instruction given by the following traffic indicators, then a crash could occur:
- Stop sign
- Red or yellow traffic signal
- Yield sign
- No U-turn sign
- No right turn sign
- Wrong direction sign
The posted speed limit is also a sign that a concrete truck driver must be aware of and obey. Driving beyond the designated legal speed could cause a truck driver to slam into another vehicle or lose control of their own vehicle in a way that causes an accident.
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A Driver Must Understand the Danger of a Concrete Truck
While all drivers have a responsibility to heed traffic signals and remain alert and unimpaired while driving, a concrete truck driver may know that their vehicle poses a particularly grave threat when involved in an accident.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) points out that occupants of smaller vehicles struck by large trucks are far more vulnerable to injury than the occupants of the truck. Concrete truck drivers must know that dangerous actions may not put themselves at risk as much as they put others at risk.
If you or a loved one was injured because of a collision with a concrete truck, then a Clearwater concrete truck accident lawyer will figure out who is responsible for your losses. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for details about how we may help you with your fight for justice.
Our Lawyers Seek Justice for Our Clients
Victims of concrete truck accidents may turn to a lawyer to pursue justice. A lawyer will meet with their client to determine how their concrete truck accident happened, then follow their chosen path to pursuing compensation.
This course could generally involve either a lawsuit or an insurance claim. Certain circumstances, such as if there are multiple defendants, may call for a lawyer to bring both a lawsuit and insurance claim on behalf of a single client.
If you or your loved one decide along with your lawyer that an insurance claim makes sense, then your lawyer will:
- Review your insurance policy
- Review the losses you have suffered
- Determine which losses should be covered through insurance
- Draft your claim
- File your claim
- Complete communications necessary to complete your claim
- Negotiate a settlement
- Take further legal measures if they are necessary
Insurance companies may wield significant power, and completing a claim may not be as easy as you envision or hope it will be. Companies presiding over your claim may try to get you to accept less compensation than you deserve or no compensation at all.
Your own lawyer will deal with the insurance companies so that you do not face such tactics firsthand. If you choose to bring a lawsuit, your lawyer can handle that process as well.
In completing your lawsuit, your lawyer may collect and review evidence from your accident, calculate the compensation you are owed, interview witnesses, compile a case with various forms of documentation, and negotiate for a settlement. If it proves necessary, your lawyer will bring your case to trial.
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Those who have been struck by a concrete truck, or loved ones of concrete truck accident victims, may take solace in the help of a Clearwater concrete truck accident lawyer. A lawyer can ensure that your rights are protected, and you can then focus on recovering from your injuries.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 to begin your case for justice.