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Car accidents can cause traffic back ups, hurt passengers, and cause property damage. But when the vehicle involved in the crash is a dump truck, a crash can cause chaos.
On December 19, 2014, Dixie Highway closed for about three hours while police responded to and cleaned up a complicated dump truck accident. The driver, a 43 year old resident of Davisburg, Michigan, had accidentally raised the dump trailer on the truck.
Fortunately, the driver only suffered minor injuries and no one else was hurt. But before the truck stopped it had taken out a traffic light on Dixie Highway and struck the I-75 overpass, ripping the trailer off of the truck and blocking the road.
Dump truck operators and other professional drivers are required to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) if their vehicles are over certain weight or seating capacity limits, or if they are carrying hazardous materials. To get a CDL drivers must have a relatively clean driving history, and pass a written and driving test.
Once you get a CDL, any significant driving infraction can put that license in jeopardy. Because of this accident, the dump truck driver is facing charges for failing to use due care and caution and having his load too high. Depending on the outcome of those charges, he could lose his commercial driver’s license and his livelihood.
That is why it is so important for dump truck operators and other professional drivers to be extra vigilant to follow traffic laws, especially about the maximum clearance on overpasses and bridges. CDL drivers need to guard their licenses against any traffic charges to protect themselves and their families.
David Christensen is an auto accident lawyer at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan. He and his team represent the victims of commercial vehicle accidents. They can help professional drivers collect benefits from their insurance companies. If you or someone you know has been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.