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Monday, November 9, 2015

Risk of Personal Injury Due to Concrete Truck Roll-Overs

Twoaccidents involving concrete trucks happened in Atlanta within a week, prompting local news station WXIA to investigate why these vehicles weighing up to 35 tons are a hazard to the safety of other vehicles on our roads.

According to the investigation, police reports showed that both trucks were cited for driving too fast for conditions and disobeying traffic signals. In both accidents, witnesses on the scene told officers they saw the trucks running at least one red light.

Why are the drivers of these heavy trucks in such a hurry?

One reason is because of how the drivers are compensated.  When drivers are paid by the load - rather than paid by the hour - they have a built-in incentive to deliver each load a quickly as possible.  If drivers were paid by the hour they would be more likely to slow down and drive more carefully.

The investigation found that another reason concrete truck drivers are motived to drive recklessly is because drivers have only 90 minutes to get the concrete out of the truck after water is added to the concrete at the plant.  That 90 minutes includes the time it takes to drive to the job site, discharge the concrete, remove any excess, and wash out the container with water.  Dried concrete left inside the truck's container can be difficult and costly to remove - sometimes even requiring jackhammers.

An additional factor contributing to red-light running is the heavier the vehicle, the longer it takes to stop.  This applies to any heavy commercial truck, but is especially relevant with the danger of concrete trucks running red lights in Atlanta.  In fact, the 11Alive Investigators watched recorded traffic cam video of concrete mixer trucks accelerating through yellow lights, and treating red lights as green lights - without even slowing down.

In addition to careless driving, the lack of safety inspections has also been blamed for an increase in truck accidents in Georgia.  No matter what the circumstances, there is no excuse for drivers of these large, heavy trucks to blatantly disregard the rules of the road.  Fortunately, the victims of these recent crashes survived, but a collision
with a vehicle of that size can have life-altering consequences.

For more details on the factors contributing to local concrete truck roll-overs, click here to read the complete article from WXIA.  If you have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, contact Andrew Gebhardt today for a free consultation at agebhardt@smithwelchlaw.com or call 770-389-4864.

 

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