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The extreme weight of a cement truck may cause serious harm to others when it is involved in a collision. These large trucks may collide with other vehicles on the road for a variety of reasons, especially driver error. Truck drivers who engage in careless conduct while operating their cement truck may be held legally responsible for the resulting harm. If you or someone close to you has been hurt in a cement truck accident, the attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca can help. We provide legal representation and guidance to accident victims and their families as they pursue personal injury claims for compensation. By investigating all of the causes of the accident and providing diligent advocacy in settlement and litigation, our Chicago truck accident lawyers have recovered damages for clients throughout Cook County and the surrounding areas.

Bringing a Claim for Injuries Caused by a Cement Truck Accident

People hurt in an accident with a cement truck generally can secure damages from all at-fault parties after setting forth evidence that shows that negligence led to the accident. After investigating and gathering information that makes clear how the accident occurred, victims will use this documentation in support of their legal theory of liability. Injuries caused in a cement truck accident may be caused by the truck driver or the trucking company, and in some cases, a manufacturer of equipment may be at fault for improper design or unintended flaws in performance.

The weight of cement mixer trucks, when fully loaded, may exceed 60,000 pounds. Maneuvering this massive vehicle requires training and skill, as well as regular maintenance inspections to ensure that the equipment is secured and working. If a driver or a trucking company was aware or should have been aware of a problem that was not addressed and eventually caused an accident, they may be held liable for the resulting harm.

Cement mixers carry liquid concrete, which shifts during turns and other driving maneuvers. Truck drivers must receive training in how to operate the vehicle when partially loaded, fully loaded, or empty. Drivers are expected to calculate the amount of water necessary to make slump, also known as concrete mixture. Delivering this mixture is a part of a driver’s duties, but often these drivers are rushing to meet their delivery deadlines. When a cement truck driver makes poor driving decisions, such as speeding or driving distractedly, their conduct may lead to catastrophic harm.

After demonstrating the fault of a truck driver for causing an accident, victims will present evidence of their damages. Both quantifiable costs and non-quantifiable costs, such as emotional pain and suffering, may be secured by a successful plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit. Truck accident cases tend to result in higher damages than ordinary car accident claims, due to the weight of the truck and the serious nature of the injuries suffered by victims. Permanent disabilities and physical limitations are some of the tragic consequences that may stem from a truck accident. Victims may not be able to return to their former profession due to their injuries. In some cases, experts can help clearly indicate the impact of a physical disability on the victim’s full earning potential.

Contact a Dedicated Chicago Lawyer to Protect Your Rights

Illinois law provides truck accident victims with the right to recover compensation from all at-fault parties after a collision. In some cases, this may be the truck driver or the cement company, as well as others that have contributed to the crash. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, our Chicago attorneys offer dedicated, personal attention to clients throughout the state. Our priority is leaving our clients financially secure with maximum compensation for harm resulting from an accident. Call 312-724-5846 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation with a tractor-trailer crash lawyer. We have a strong record of serving victims and their families in Aurora, Springfield, Rockford, Quincy, Champaign, and other communities in Sangamon, Cook, Winnebago, Kane, Champaign, and Adams Counties.