Texas Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers

Experienced Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers Representing Clients Across the Texas and Nationwide

Collecting garbage and recyclables through the use of garbage trucks is essential, but too often are these vehicles involved in serious motor vehicle accidents.

At Thomas J. Henry, we believe adverse drivers and negligent companies should be held accountable for their actions. Call our garbage truck accident attorneys now for a FREE case evaluation.


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 the garbage truck accident attorneys at 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, Houston, and Dallas, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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Commercial trucks are further classified by their gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). In the United States, the classifications are as follows:
  • Class 1- GVWR ranges from 0 to 6,000 pounds
  • Class 2- GVWR ranges from 6,001 to 10,000 pounds
  • Class 3- GVWR ranges from 10,001 to 14,000 pounds
  • Class 4- GVWR ranges from 14,001 to 16,000 pounds
  • Class 5- GVWR ranges from 16,001 to 19,500 pounds
  • Class 6- GVWR ranges from 19,501 to 26,000 pounds
  • Class 7- GVWR ranges from 26,001 to 33,000 pounds
  • Class 8- GVWR is anything above 33,000 pounds
If you have questions about the vehicle involved in your accident, speak with one our Texas truck accident lawyers.
Many different factors can cause a trucking accident. Here are some of the most common causes of Texas truck accidents: A truck driver is fatigued or drowsy Drug or alcohol impairment Driver is distracted Commercial vehicle regulations ban drivers from using mobile devices while driving. Doing so is considered a serious traffic violation and could lead to a CDL suspension. Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions/inclement weather Unsecured loads When large trucks fail to secure their loads properly, motorists are put in extreme danger. Contents from these trucks, including hazardous materials, could spill onto the roadways, causing serious accidents. Improper turning or lane changing Failure to maintain vehicle
Whether or not a truck accident case goes to trial is dependent on several factors. Among the most important of those factors are:
  • How clear is a liability in the case?
  • Is the insurance company willing to pay a reasonable settlement?
While a case will be settled out of court more often than not, your attorney must treat every claim as though it will be tried to verdict. Our truck accident lawyers will take this approach to your case from day one.
If you have been involved in a truck accident and the police say you are at-fault, you should still bring your case to the attention of an experienced personal injury attorney. Trucking accidents are especially complex, and mistakes can occur during the initial investigation. An in-depth analysis of your collision and the vehicles involved may reveal new evidence suggesting proportionate responsibility or relieving you of fault altogether.
The first thing you need to understand when pursuing compensation for a truck accident is that the playing field is not level. Typically, large trucking companies have teams of lawyers whose only job is to investigate and challenge trucking accident claims to limit or eliminate the trucking company’s liability. These entities also have the financial resources to fight long, hard legal battles in a way that leaves individuals at a disadvantage. Truck accident claims are further complicated by the existence of complex trucking regulations as well as state and federal laws defining employer liability and the application of respondeat superior. This is why you must hire an experienced commercial accident attorney who is proficient in trucking accident litigation. Thomas J. Henry has been successfully litigating truck accident lawsuits for more than 25 years. Our truck accident lawyers understand the statutes regulating commercial trucking companies and their drivers. Combine that proficiency with the legal and financial resources that only the largest personal injury firm in Texas can provide, and you finally stand a chance of getting the compensation you justly deserve.
When you are involved in a serious trucking accident, you will likely miss some work due to your injuries. The amount of work missed generally depends on the severity of your injuries and the physical requirements of your job. In the most severe cases, you may not be able to return to your previous occupation at all. You can recover these damages as lost wages. In the simplest terms, lost wages are any wages you did not or cannot earn due to your injury. Lost wages are not limited to those you have already missed out on, but can also refer to wages you will miss out on in the future. Typically, lost wages are broken down into three categories:
  • Lost wages – wages you lost during a period you were unable to work.
  • Loss of earning capacity – if you have sustained a long-term disability from an accident and cannot make as much money as you did before your accident.
  • Lost opportunities – this would include things like missing a job interview while you were recovering.
An important thing to remember is that if you lost your previous job due to your injuries and returned to work for lower pay, you may be entitled to the difference in pay between your previous job and the job you now hold.

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If you've been hurt, you may have a damaged vehicle or be unable to work. We can help get you a rental car if your vehicle is damaged and even advance money on qualified cases.
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Our firm wins top verdict awards each year and has been featured in Texas Monthly, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Newsweek.com, Forbes, Fortune, Parenting Magazine and more.
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Top Verdicts & Settlements

We win some of the top verdicts, settlements, and judgments in the country. Recent recoveries include $50 million for a trucking accident, $35 million for a trucking accident and $30.2 million for a vehicle recall accident.

Recent Results

This is just a small sampling of the results we have obtained for our clients.
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Trucking Accident

$50 Million

NECK INJURIES

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

Trucking Accident

$35 Million

WRONGFUL DEATH

Product Liability

$30.22 Million

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

Premises Liability

$14.75 Million

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

Medical Malpractice

$12.7 Million

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

Company Vehicle Accident

$10 Million

NECK INJURIES

SPINE & BACK INJURIES

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