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Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage Truck Injuries and Fatal Accidents

Waste disposal vehicles undoubtedly provide an essential service to cities; but when these massive trucks attempt to maneuver narrow residential streets, one wrong move can have fatal consequences for any motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian in their path.

GARBAGE TRUCK FACTS AND STATISTICS

  • Garbage trucks are also known as waste disposal vehicles, dump trucks, and trash trucks.
  • Garbage trucks come in five basic models: front loaders, rear loaders, side loaders, pneumatic collection trucks, and grapple trucks (for bulky waste).
  • Garbage trucks can be owned and operated by the city or by private waste disposal companies.
  • Certain studies have shown that garbage trucks are more dangerous to bicyclists and pedestrians than any other type of vehicle on the road.

THE DANGERS OF GARBAGE TRUCKS

  • The smaller streets and high population density of residential areas make large garbage trucks difficult to maneuver.
  • The size and dimensions of garbage truck can hinder visibility and create blind spots for drivers.
  • Because trash trucks stop, go, and back-up frequently, their behavior can be unpredictable.
  • If a garbage truck is poorly maintained, an otherwise safe maneuver can be dangerous.
COMMON CAUSES OF GARBAGE TRUCK ACCIDENTS
  • Distracted Driving
  • Negligence
  • Driver fatigue
  • Talking/texting behind the wheel
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians/bicyclists in crosswalks
  • Failure to Follow Traffic Laws
  • Tailgating
  • Improper lane changes
  • Improper signaling
  • Reckless driving
  • Disobeying traffic signs
  • Driving in the wrong lane for ease of trash pick-up
  • Brake failure
  • Defective tires
  • Faulty back-up alarms
  • Over-weighted truck loads
  • Unsecured loads
  • Poor Vehicle Maintenance

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