Cement Truck Accidents in Colorado
With Colorado’s booming population and development, cement trucks on our highways and roads are becoming increasingly visible. Unfortunately, cement truck drivers in Colorado are often measured by the number of loads they can complete in each day, which can lead to accidents as they rush to and from jobsites. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are experienced Longmont cement truck accident lawyers who can help you get compensation for your losses after a serious cement truck collision. We invite you to call our experienced team today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case and how we might be able to assist you in your case. The main office of our cement truck accident attorneys is in Lafayette, Colorado, but we represent clients who have been hurt in accidents throughout Colorado.The Unique Nature of Cement Truck Accidents
To understand why cement truck accidents are common in Colorado, our Longmont cement truck accident attorneys believe that it is helpful to know the general nature of the cement business in our region. First, unlike a most items found in a standard delivery truck like UPS or FedEx, cement is a time-sensitive product and the clock begins ticking once the cement has been placed in the cement truck. Once the concrete is poured into the truck the mixture immediately begins to set and it can become unusable if it is not delivered quickly. Depending on the make-up of the specific concrete, it may dry or set anywhere from one hour to a few hours.
There are a few dozen concrete plants scattered in the Denver metro area and in the Boulder-Longmont-Greeley region. A good Longmont cement truck accident lawyer understands that the quick-setting nature of concrete means that cement trucks traveling from the plants to jobsites around the Front Range need to hurry to avoid losing a load. Moreover, because cement truck drivers in Colorado are monitored for the number of loads they can complete in a day, they are often in a rush to pick-up another load after they make a delivery. The time-sensitive nature of concrete delivery means that cement truck drivers can sometimes be careless, exhibit dangerous driving behaviors, and cause accidents that should otherwise be avoidable.
While certain companies have more robust cement truck driver training programs, some of the larger cement and concrete companies in Boulder-Longmont-Greeley region include:
- Ready Mixed Concrete
- Aggregate Industries
- Brannan Ready Mix
- Martin Marietta
- Transit Mix
- and others
A cubic yard of concrete weighs approximately 4,000 lbs., or 2 tons, and a fully loaded cement truck can carry approximately 10 cubic yards – or 40,000 lbs. of concrete. It doesn’t take our Longmont cement truck accident attorneys to understand that a fully loaded concrete truck can be extremely dangerous if it is not driven, maintained, and otherwise operated properly. Quite simply, the heavy weight of a loaded concrete truck impacts the maneuverability of a concrete truck, and it absolutely must be driven in a way that accounts for speed, traffic conditions, braking distance, acceleration/deceleration and many other factors. Indeed, cement truck drivers must be specially trained to operate a cement truck in a way that is not dangerous to other vehicles on the road.Special Guidelines for Cement Trucks
Like most commercial vehicles, a good Longmont cement truck accident lawyer understands the host of Colorado and Federal regulations governing cement trucks. The most well-known of these regulations are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, or FMCSRs, that each cement truck owner, operator, and driver must understand and follow. Our Colorado cement truck accident lawyers understand these rules and regulations and that when a cement truck company violates one or more of these rules it can be evidence of negligence where an accident has happened. At Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC, we are also able to use industry-specific experts to help us prove that a cement truck company’s negligence or carelessness was the cause of a particular accident.Our Lawyers Can Help You Recover Your Losses
Our experienced Longmont trucking accident lawyers can help you regardless of how your accident occurred. Whether you or a loved one was hit by a cement truck in Boulder County or was run off the road by a careless cement truck in Weld County, we have the skills and experience to successfully prosecute your claim and recover the harms and losses you suffered. Our Longmont cement truck accident attorneys can help you recover past and future medicals, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, as wells as physical impairments and future costs associated with living with physical impairment.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a cement truck, we encourage you to call our Longmont cement truck accident lawyers today at 303-543-1000 for a free consultation about your case.