Nobody wants to ride around near large vehicles, especially dump trucks with loads in the back. While most of these vehicles are safe on the roadways, there are times when the negligence or carelessness of a driver or company causes a crash. When you need a Pittsburgh dump truck accident attorney, you can count on Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman to be by your side. Let our team get to work investigating this truck crash today so we can secure the compensation you deserve.


Dump trucks are not little vehicles. Despite their relatively small size compared to other large trucks on the roadways, dump trucks can weigh up to 56,000 pounds. Of course, that is the average. Dump trucks come in all shapes and sizes, some smaller and some larger. There are even semi-truck dump trucks that reach weights well beyond 80,000 pounds.

  • The average passenger vehicle weighs 4,000 pounds.

When a dump truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the results are often devastating. According to the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were hundreds of dump trucks involved in fatal crashes during the latest reporting year.

  • There were nearly 6,000 injury crashes caused by dump trucks that year.

For the latest reporting year in Pennsylvania, the DOT says that there were almost 7,000 total heavy truck crashes throughout the commonwealth.


Dump truck crashes happen in a variety of ways. In many cases, drivers fail to secure their load and debris flies out and strikes nearby vehicles. This can lead to major crashes involving multiple vehicles. Other cases involve driver negligence.

  • All drivers should have their commercial driver’s licenses.
  • Drivers should never operate while impaired or distracted.

Truck owners and companies should regularly inspect dump trucks to ensure that everything is working properly. Vehicle failure was a primary factor in Pennsylvania heavy truck crashes during the latest reporting year. This can include failures of:

  • Tires and wheels
  • Powertrain
  • Brake system
  • Suspension
  • Steering system
  • Hydraulic mechanisms
  • Load covers
  • And more

When truck drivers or truck companies are negligent in their duties, they should be held responsible for any injuries or property damage that results from an accident.


Dump trucks are all over the roadways, and they can cause serious injuries in the event they crash. If you or a loved one have been harmed due to the negligence of a dump truck driver or company, the team at Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman is ready to help. Let us investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you need. This includes:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost income and benefits if you are unable to work
  • Pain and suffering/loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the driver or truck company

If you need a Pittsburgh dump truck accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 888-988-9467.

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