Cement trucks are not like ordinary trucks and have a much higher risk of being involved in severe accidents that can cause severe injuries or death. Because of the weight displacement in the back of the vehicle, cement trucks are more prone to roll over accidents than ordinary trucks and these accidents cause much more potential damage to property and people than most other truck accidents. Cement truck drivers are more likely to be in a rush to get to their destinations and their hastiness combined with the tendency for their vehicles to roll over or lose control as a result of very minor errors make them a hazard on the road that cannot be ignored.
Time Sensitive Cargo May Result In Cement Trucks Driving Too Fast Or Ignoring Traffic Signals
The cement carried in cement trucks is constantly rotated in order to prolong the amount of time that it will take for it to harden, but if a driver is unable to deliver the cement on time it could dry inside of the mixer. Most of these trucks do not travel long distances from the place of pickup to the site of delivery because they have an average of about an hour and a half to deliver the cement before it hardens. This is why cement truck drivers are more likely to take risks that could put others and themselves in danger.
Risk of Rollover Associated With Heavy Loads of Concrete
The weight distribution of a cement truck almost invites disaster and they have been known to roll over at speeds as low as 5 MPH. Turns must be taken very carefully in order to make sure that the vehicle remains upright and if a driver is in a hurry, he or she may not slow down or make as wide of a turn as is required to transport the cement in a safe manner. Sudden maneuvers at high speeds pose the same risk; making cement trucks a potential hazard on interstates or highways.
Mechanical Failures Associated With Cement Truck Accidents
Cement trucks have more equipment on them than normal tractor trailers, which means that there are more opportunities for something to go wrong. There is a history of instability around cement trucks and it is not uncommon for components to break, tires to be worn or malfunction both on and off of the road. If you find yourself behind a cement truck, it is a good idea to put space between your vehicle and the truck in order to allow yourself ample time to react if any part of the truck breaks and sends debris onto the road.
Poor Maneuverability and Line-of-Sight Contributing to Accidents Involving Cement Trucks
The weight distribution of a cement results in a high center of gravity, which is why the trucks are so prone to rollover accidents. It is extremely difficult for the driver of a cement truck to make a quick correction and once he or she makes a move into another lane or starts a turn, he or she is often committed to that action. Many motorists do not realize this fact and believe that cement trucks drivers are able to react as quickly as any other truck driver when this simply isn’t the case.
Big trucks have four very large blind spots to begin with, and cement trucks have more blind areas than a semi-tractor trailer does. When approaching a cement truck on the road, it is important to know that the driver may not be able to see you, making it important to pass the truck quickly rather than remaining in the driver’s blind spot for a long time. The practice of passing any truck on the road as quickly as safely possible will prevent many truck accidents on the road.