Every day we drive our cars or SUVs on major highways alongside large big rigs or dump trucks hauling all kinds of materials. If you grew up in the 90s then you remember the fatal scene in Final Destination. It’s a scene where people are driving behind a truck who is hauling long trees. One of the trees dislodges and rams right through the front windshield of the car. That terrifying scene did some good. People are pretty terrified to drive to close to a truck hauling trees. But some are still not dissuaded to stay far away from trucks hauling heavy things. Trucks are not as sturdy as we think. We want to believe that they are safe to drive next to, but the truth is an accident can happen at any time. Unfortunately, a dump truck in West Chester proved that accidents can happen at any time.
Dump trucks, like most big rigs, have particular ways in which they are loaded and how they should be driven. For example, when you load a dump truck it should be loaded on level ground. Make sure the material is evenly dumped so that it will not shift while en route. When a dump truck is on the move the load can shift and cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. This loss of control can result in tipping over. As you can imagine, a dump truck tipping over is tragic for everyone involved. Such is the case for two young men driving alongside a dump truck one morning.
In West Chester, a dump truck flipped over and crushed an SUV on a Wednesday morning. The fire department came and tried to extricate people from the SUV. Two died on the scene and three were seriously injured. These kind of situations are exceptionally tragic as only some survived. The main causes for accidents in dump trucks are when en route and a load shifts or the dump truck is not on solid ground enough when dumping the material or getting material loaded onto the bed of the truck. There is no real understanding of what happened, but more than likely there was a shift in load and the driver lost control.
If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident with a truck then there are options for you. When dealing with a situation like this it is important to seek representation instead of trying to do things on your own. Trucks are typically backed by large companies and even though you were injured they are still a business trying to protect their bottom line. When you hire someone you are choosing someone who will advocate for you hard and will work aggressively for your case. Our truck accident lawyer at Dan Doyle Law Group in West Chester will do just that. We have a record of working efficiently and aggressively for our clients to ensure that are getting compensated fairly. Call 215-987-3730 or click here for a free consultation today.