According to CNN, a cement truck went off the overpass at the East Sam Houston Parkway intersection in Harris County, Texas.
On Friday, August 5, 2022, a cement truck lost control and fell from an overpass onto a vehicle traveling below. Witnesses say the cement truck swerved to prevent hitting another car on the parkway before hitting the guard rail. The truck dangled from the overpass before falling onto a Ford Expedition. Inside the Ford were two twin toddlers, a pregnant mother, and a grandmother. The occupants sustained injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. Sadly one of the twins died in the crash as their car seat was unable to be freed from the vehicle.
Attorney contributor Marc Lenahan is an experienced cement truck accident lawyer who represents accident victims and their families in the state of Texas. Marc recently shared his insight regarding filing a lawsuit for injuries or death caused by cement truck accidents.
"A cement truck can be dangerous to smaller vehicles on the roadways. They can weigh as much as 66,000 lbs. causing them to be harder to stop. These work vehicles are top heavy, making them more likely to tip over given sudden movements. Knowing this cement truck drivers must approach turns cautiously and keep a safe following distance between all other passenger vehicles on the roadways."
"Cement and semi-truck drivers are legally obligated to operate safely in order to prevent accidents. In addition to refraining from traveling at speeds greater than the speed limit or what is deemed safe given the conditions of the road, there are safety measures to prevent dangers. Commercial licenses are usually required for cement truck drivers; this mandates that the drivers are properly trained to handle their specific vehicle. It is also necessary that cement trucks be inspected periodically and maintenance occurs regularly. If a cement truck driver was working at the time of a crash, their employer could be held responsible."
"Accident victims can best explore their legal options with an experienced cement truck accident lawyer. The attorney can help identify all parties that may be held accountable for the auto accident. An accident lawyer can review the facts helping victims obtain compensation."