Dump Truck Accident Leaves Motorcyclist Dead
According to a KSAT News report, a motorcyclist was killed this morning in an accident with a dump truck on Loop 410 before 7:30 a.m.
Police reported little details about the accident, except for the fact that the dump truck which collided with the cyclist stopped and cooperated with investigators. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, and East Loop 410 at Villiman was closed as police investigated the incident.
Did You Know?
Dump truck accidents resulting in injury or death have increased by 10% since 2019.
Commercial Vehicle Accidents in San Antonio
Colliding with large trucks on the highway is a terrifying experience. The sheer weight and size of large trucks make any kind of accident with them more dangerous and injuries more severe. Most of the accidents recorded for large construction vehicles are minor and result in cracked windshields, but there are still over 5,000 accidents per year that result in major injury, property damage, and death.
What Causes Dump Truck Accidents in San Antonio?
The most common dump truck accidents reported nationwide include tipping accidents from overloaded vehicles or uneven roadways and collision accidents as a result of low visibility. Unsurprisingly, a majority of these accidents are caused due to driver error from exhaustion or inexperience. Other common causes of dump truck accidents include:
- Lack of training – High demand and labor shortages often result in rushed or short training periods that leave employees ill-prepared for their duties.
- Brake Failure – Equipment overuse or defects can make vehicles more likely to cause an accident.
- Dangerous Driving – Reckless driving behaviors become significantly more dangerous when a big rig is involved.
With roughly 31% of rural roadway traffic and 16.9% of urban roadway traffic consisting of big trucks in Texas, it’s important to understand why accidents with construction vehicles and other commercial vehicles happen and what you can do about it if you’ve been in an accident with one.
Liability in Dump Truck Accidents
Unlike an auto accident with another passenger vehicle, there are multiple parties who may bear liability for an accident with a dump truck or other construction vehicle, including:
- Construction Companies – If the driver of the vehicle was not properly trained or was overworked, or made to feel rushed by the employer to cause reckless behavior, then the company may also bear fault in an accident caused by the construction vehicle. Additionally, improper signage or fallen signs that contribute to the accident may also be the fault of the construction company.
- Other Drivers – If another driver contributed to the crash with reckless behavior or distracted driving, they may also bear liability for the accident.
- Government Entities – If the local or state government is handling the construction zone where the accident took place, they may also bear fault in a construction zone accident.
Injuries in accidents with dump trucks and other construction vehicles are no joke. If you were severely injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a dump truck or other construction vehicle, contacting an attorney is the best way to ensure you are appropriately compensated for it.
Truck Accident Lawyers in San Antonio
If you have been severely injured or lost a loved one in a trucking accident in San Antonio, contact the truck accident attorneys at Carabin Shaw. We have served the San Antonio area for thirty years, and we have the resources necessary to support you through every step of the personal injury or wrongful death claims process. Contact a team who cares today at 800-862-1260 or fill out this form. We look forward to working with you.