Garbage Truck Accidents
INJURED IN A GARBAGE TRUCK ACCIDENT?
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. Collecting garbage and recyclables through the use of garbage trucks is essential, but too often are these vehicles involved in serious motor vehicle accidents.
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.
WHAT CAUSES GARBAGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS?
There are several different causes of garbage truck accidents.
- Distracted garbage truck driver
- Negligent driving
- Oversized or unsecured loads
- Fatigued truck driver
- Failure to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
- Breaking traffic laws
- Poorly maintained garbage truck
- Defective truck parts (defective tires)
- Faulty back-up alarms
- Improper use of signals
- Traveling in incorrect lane during trash pick-up
The bulkiness of the vehicle as well as blind spots play a factor in many of these causes. However, drivers are expected to operate their vehicles professionally, and other drivers on the road should not have to worry about an accident when traveling around garbage trucks.
DANGERS SURROUNDING GARBAGE TRUCKS
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.
The behaviors of garbage trucks and trash collectors also contribute to the increased risk of causing a traffic crash. Trash collectors are constantly stopping, backing up, making turns, and accelerating at irregular intervals. The unpredictable nature of garbage trucks has caused many serious rear-end collisions from other vehicles.
Injuries caused by a garbage truck crash can be severe. If you experience a garbage truck accident, you may sustain:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord or back injury
- Neck injury
- Muscle sprains or strains
- Internal organ injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Wrongful death
WHO CAN I SUE AFTER A GARBAGE TRUCK ACCIDENT?
Garbage trucks are considered commercial or company vehicles. They are usually owned by either a private waste management company or the city in which they operate. Regardless, there are several parties that could be held accountable and be found at fault for any injuries you sustain in a wreck with a garbage truck, including:
- The garbage truck driver
- The driver’s employer (garbage collection company, city, etc.)
- The garbage truck company
Our experienced injury attorneys know who to sue and where to sue, which can be crucial in achieving a successful result in your case. If you were hit by a garbage truck, you may be able to obtain compensation for any medical costs that you incurred, lost wages from missing work, and any physical or psychological pain and suffering due to the wreck.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED GARBAGE TRUCK ACCIDENT AND INJURY ATTORNEY
If you or a loved one have been injured in a garbage truck accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. 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.