Anatomy Of A Concrete Mixer
Concrete transport trucks typically have a drum on the back in which the concrete is stored. This drum is typically made from steel or, in newer trucks, fiberglass. The concrete can be mixed from water and dry materials during transport or it can be loaded already mixed. The drum continually turns to keep the concrete from setting and hardening on the way to delivery.
Once at the job site, concrete is poured out the back of the drum and put into place so that it can harden. Transporting concrete is time-consuming, so the drums tend to be large. Many trucks can carry around 40,000 pounds of concrete, which is on top of the weight of the truck (usually 20,000-30,000 pounds). As you can imagine, these heavy vehicles can cause catastrophic injuries when they crash into passenger sedans.
Why Concrete Trucks Crash
Every accident is unique. Nevertheless, based on our experience, we have seen some recurring accidents.
For example, concrete trucks can crash because the driver is not paying adequate attention. There are many people moving about a job site, and a distracted driver can easily hit one. Other causes of accidents include using a cell phone, being impaired, and taking unnecessary risks.
Because they are so heavy, concrete mixers do not stop quickly. This fact can amplify any minor error that a driver makes. For example, concrete truck drivers should leave ample room between their truck and the cars in front. If they don’t, they could ride over the vehicle in front when it brakes.
Other accidents stem from inadequate training. A person might not know how to properly load the materials or how to operate the vehicle. Consequently, they crash and injure people.
In some situations, a person could be injured when the concrete comes out of the mixer. A defect on the truck could cause too much concrete to escape, coating a worker or damaging a vehicle behind the truck. These defects might be the fault of the truck manufacturer or of a mechanic who worked on the truck.
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