Cape Girardeau Dump Truck Accidents
Dump trucks easily outweigh standard size passenger cars by tens of thousands of pounds. Thus, anytime a dump truck is involved in an accident, the smaller car generally takes the brunt of the impact, which can lead to unfortunate injuries. If you have been involved in a dump truck accident in the Cape Girardeau area, the Cape Girardeau truck accident attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are available to evaluate your claim today. You may be able to pursue compensation for your medical bills, time off from work, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys have helped thousands people injured in auto accidents over the past 25+ year, and through our zealous advocacy and experience in personal injury claims, we have recovered over $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients.Recovering After an Accident with a Dump Truck
If you have been hurt in an accident with a dump truck in Cape Girardeau, you will have to prove liability in order to recover compensation and reimbursement for your losses. Generally, in dump truck accident cases, the injured party will be able to pursue the driver of the dump truck and/or the company the dump truck driver was working for at the time of the collision. For example, if the dump truck driver was speeding down North Spanish Street and rear-ended someone because he was distracted by his cell phone, negligence can likely be established. If, upon further investigation, it is found that his employer failed to conduct a proper background check on the driver that would have revealed numerous driving violations, the employer could be directly liable for the injuries you sustained for negligent hiring.
When determining a dump truck driver’s negligence, the following elements generally must be proven:
- Duty owed by truck driver to others on the road to drive in a safe and reasonable manner.
- The truck driver breached the duty owed to others, which could occur by violating a traffic law or federal trucking regulation.
- The truck driver’s breach directly and proximately caused the accident to occur.
- The injured party suffered actual damages as a result of the collision.
Dump truck drivers must take certain precautions. First, drivers should follow any applicable Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. These rules exist to reduce trucking accidents and promote safety on our nation’s roads. Even if a trucker is subject to FMCSA regulations, he or she must still abide by Missouri’s rules of the road. Since dump trucks often contain heavy materials, drivers should abide by proper standards in terms of loading. Improper loading could affect the vehicle’s braking ability or cause the truck to roll over.
If you have been injured due to the negligent actions of a dump truck driver, it is important to contact the police immediately after the accident occurs. The Cape Girardeau Police Department is located at 40 South Sprigg Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, and can be reached by dialing 911 or 573-335-6621. Responding officers will be able to get medical attention to the scene as well as investigate the accident itself. A truck accident lawyer in the Cape Girardeau area will be able to obtain the accident report on your behalf.Speak with a Truck Wreck Lawyer Today for Free
While dump truck accidents often result in heavy property damage and severe injuries for those inside the smaller cars, those within the truck can still be injured if another driver causes the crash. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our attorneys help those injured by careless drivers in Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Arkansas, including in Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, Hayti, Tupelo, Oxford, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Meridian, Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call us at 800-529-4004 or complete our online form for a free consultation with a truck wreck lawyer. NST is the way to go.