Cement truck drivers require a certain level of skill and experience to operate their vehicles since the trucks can weigh up to 30,000 pounds and often carry an additional 30,0000 pounds of wet concrete. This weight, coupled with the size and speed at which these trucks move, can lead to devastating injuries and fatalities in the event of an accident. If you have been injured in a collision involving a cement truck, it is vital to consult a Massachusetts truck accident lawyer who can help. Our goal is to help you and your family obtain the maximum possible compensation in your case.
A head-on crash in Bedford killed an elderly grandfather earlier this month. The crash, involving a Honda CRV and a cement truck, took place around 1:30 in the afternoon. According to law enforcement, the driver of the SUV had been traveling southbound when he crossed over the double yellow line and crashed into the cement truck head on. After the accident, the cement truck ended up losing all hydraulic power, causing it to strike a utility pole, including a transformer. The truck driver declined medical treatment. The man’s 10 and 11-year-old grandsons were in the vehicle at the time of the wreck. The two boys are recovering at the hospital after suffering non-life threatening injuries. Police say the boys survived the crash because they were wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
In a cement truck accident lawsuit, the plaintiff has the burden of establishing fault. This is typically done by showing that the truck driver’s negligence led to the accident and resulting harm. Negligence takes place when a driver fails to use reasonable care while driving, thereby causing an accident. Reasonable care refers to the level of care that a reasonably competent truck driver would have used under the same or similar circumstances. As such, the plaintiff will have to prove, by a preponderance of the evidence, that it’s more likely than not that the defendant failed to use reasonable care behind the wheel and this failure was a direct and proximate cause of the plaintiff’s injury.