The Dangers of Garbage Trucks
Garbage trucks, or waste disposal vehicles, are a frequent sight in communities both big and small. These massive vehicles pick up refuse from residential homes and commercial properties to haul off to landfills or recycling facilities. Unfortunately, accidents involving garbage trucks oftentimes result in severe or fatal injuries. The size differential between a typical passenger vehicle and a garbage truck plays a big factor. An average passenger car weighs around two tons, and garbage trucks can weigh between 15 and 32 tons.
People in other motor vehicles are not the only group vulnerable to serious wrecks involving garbage trucks. Because these vehicles traverse through neighborhoods, alleyways, and other residential areas, pedestrian accidents involving garbage trucks can occur. Bicyclists are also at an increased risk of an accident with a garbage truck.
Like other large commercial motor vehicles, like semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, garbage trucks have large blind spots and can be difficult to maneuver. When navigating through tight streets in high population areas, a small mistake can cause catastrophic injuries. Garbage truck drivers must exhibit extreme care and caution when performing their job and continuously look for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicles while driving.
Contact an Experienced Garbage Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a garbage truck accident, contact Thomas J. Henry Law. We have advocated for truck and company vehicle injury victims throughout the nation for decades. When hiring a personal injury law firm, you need a firm with experience attorneys, financial and legal resources, and a reputation for winning large cases. We ensure that every client is represented dynamically and efficiently, ensuring your case is handled with personal care from start to finish.
Our experienced garbage truck accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim. Contact us today for a free case review. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.