Dump Truck Involved in Accident on Interstate 24 in Nashville

Posted in Car Accident,Personal Injury,Tennessee Accident Law,Truck Wreck on February 7, 2015

Dump Truck Involved in Accident on Interstate 24 in Nashville

A large dump truck was involved in an accident with another vehicle on Interstate 24 East near the Harding Place exit and an ambulance has responded to the scene.

According to a report by wkrn.com, the accident occurred around 10:50 a.m. Wednesday morning. The accident caused eastbound traffic to slow down as emergency responders closed the right lanes of the interstate. Westbound traffic has not been affected by the accident.

Representatives with the Tennessee Department of Transportation estimate that the road will be cleared by early afternoon on Wednesday.

The Nashville truck accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law hope there were no serious injuries in this accident, and if anyone was hurt, we hope they experience quick and complete recoveries from their injuries.

What Makes Dump Trucks Dangerous?

Like all big trucks, dump trucks play vital roles in the economy, as they’re used by both commercial and governmental entities. However, because of their weight and size, dump trucks also pose dangers to other drivers on the road. Some of the factors that make dump trucks hazardous include:

  • Dump truck drivers have limited visibility.

Like semi-trucks, dump truck cabins are high up off the road. That means drivers have several blinds spots where they can’t easily see other vehicles driving near them. The same “no-zones” that apply to semi-trucks also apply to dump trucks. Those areas include directly in front of the cabin, to the left and right of the cargo area, and directly behind the truck. Drivers should avoid those areas to reduce their risks of being involved in an accident with a dump truck.

  • Dump trucks weigh much more than standard vehicles.

Standard passenger vehicles generally weigh between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. Dump trucks, on the other hand, can weigh between 10,000 pounds and 30,000 pounds. Because they weigh so much more than passenger vehicles, dump trucks can cause significant damage when involved in accidents—especially if they’re traveling at high rates of speed.

  • Dump trucks are susceptible to tipping over or spilling their cargo.

Because of their top-heavy nature, dump trucks are susceptible to tipping or rolling over—especially when round corners at moderate or high speeds. That makes them a serious danger to drivers on roadways without concrete or medal dividers or large medians. In addition, dump trucks can also lose their cargo due to improper loading procedures, negligent driving, or excessive weight. Cargo that becomes loose on the roadway poses serious risks to other drivers.

People who are injured in dump truck accidents often suffer severe injuries, including broken or crushed limbs, cuts and lacerations, head and brain injuries, spinal injuries, and much more. At Matt Hardin Law, our Nashville truck lawyers know how devastating these accidents can be, and that’s why we’re determined to help victims get compensation for their accident-related expenses.

If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a big truck, including a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer, or a dump truck, we can help you get money for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Give us a call at (615) 200-1111 or fill out a free online form. It’s our goal to help you move forward with your life after the accident.