Houston Cement Truck Accident Attorneys
Representing the Injured in Texas & Nationwide
Cement trucks are immense, top-heavy vehicles with large drums that mix and carry concrete. Sharp blades and constant rotation keep the cement in the drum from hardening as the truck transports it to its final location. A single cement truck can carry about 40,000 pounds of concrete.
Sharing the road with a cement truck can be unsettling. For some people, it can be dangerous or even deadly.
An unsafe lane change, equipment malfunction, or roadway hazard could lead to a catastrophic collision that leaves you and your loved ones with life-altering injuries. At Arnold & Itkin, we’re here to help if you or someone you love has been injured in a cement truck accident. Our Houston truck accident lawyers fight for clients in Texas and across the nation, and we have an impressive track record in handling complex trucking collision claims. Let us fight for the best possible! Give us a call at (888) 493-1629 to find out how we can help you.
What Is a Cement Mixer?
Cement mixers are large trucks that transport wet cement to where its needed. They help construction crews by keeping large amounts of cement ready to use and mix it to prevent hardening.
The part that holds the concrete is called a drum, which rotates while the truck is in motion. These trucks also come equipped with pumps and hoses if cement needs to be poured at the job site. Tractor trailers may also be outfitted with mixers on the trailer portion rather than manufactured with a drum. Because concrete mixers are so large and cement can't stay pliable for long, they don't typically travel fast or far.
Due to the large size of cement trucks, many jurisdictions have mandated they drive slower than other commercial trucks. Each state has varying regulations for how fast commercial vehicles can drive on highways, interstates, and rural roads. When drivers ignore these regulations or engage in other dangerous driving habits, serious accidents can occur. Victims of these accidents should seek counsel right away.
Cement Truck Accidents: Roadway & Construction Site Dangers
If these trucks are involved in collisions while traveling on highways or other roads, all other motor vehicles on the road at the time are in great danger. If these trucks overturn, not only does cement spill all over the road—making cleanup difficult—but these accidents are now more likely to result in life-altering injuries or fatalities.
Due to accidents such as these, construction workers have one of the most difficult occupations in the entire nation. They face risks from cranes and falling objects; on top of this, they are at additional risk for injury when in close proximity to concrete trucks. Similar accidents happen with garbage and dump trucks. When workers step out of the vehicle in order to help pour the cement, they can be injured if the truck was not put into park or if the emergency break was not in position.