Most of us take garbage trucks for granted. They do their job, circle our streets and pick up trash. For the most part, everyday people rarely consider how dangerous a garbage truck can be. The alarming statistics show, however, that being a sanitation worker is, literally, one of America’s most dangerous jobs, with fatalities occurring every year! On top of that, add the sheer size and force of the moving vehicle and the fact that garbage trucks spend most of their time in residential neighborhoods in the presence of pedestrians, motorists and children, and you have a recipe for disaster! If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a garbage truck, you will want to retain the help of a truck accident lawyer. A complex legal system and aggressive, well-funded insurance companies will make your case a challenge. An experienced legal team like Bill Green and Green Law Firm, can help prove liability and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Common Causes of Trash Truck Accidents
- Contact with hazardous materials
- Possible bites from animals and rodents
- Heavy objects
- Amputation from machinery
- Falling from the truck
- Machinery malfunction
Garbage trucks themselves are hazardous for many reasons including:
- Brakes that may malfunction
- Large blind spots
- System failures in backup warning notifications
- Equipment failure in the dumpster loading arm
Also, drivers themselves may be responsible for negligent acts that include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving in bike paths
- Going the wrong way down a one-way street or being on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to correctly yield to other motorists, bicycle riders and pedestrians
The average garbage truck weighs a staggering 64,000 lbs and shares the road every day with people on their way to work, walking their dogs and children going to school. At six in the morning, how alert are you?
What to Do If You Have Been in a Garbage Truck Accident
Sometimes it is the most benign of daily situations that can pose the most danger. Statistics show that 52 percent of car accidents occur five miles or less from people’s home; 77 percent occur within a 15-mile radius! Within our home atmosphere, our defenses are down, and we are often less alert. This adds to the danger of sharing the road with bulky, heavy and powerful dump trucks!
Garbage trucks are often under the service of well-funded private companies or state boards. If you have been in an accident involving a garbage truck, it is possible that not only the driver involved in an accident but also the company he works for will be involved in your claim! The vicarious liability tort states that an employer can be held responsible for the actions of their employee while on the job. It is essential that you work with a legal team that has the expertise to understand truck accident law and the stakes that are involved! Between regulations, claim filing specifics and the absolute importance of gathering detailed and time-sensitive evidence, a truck accident case can be complex and overwhelming.
Bill Green and Green Law Firm will handle your case with attention and care. We will answer your questions, return your phone calls and keep you informed every step of the way! We understand how vital it is to obtain adequate compensation for your loss of wages, injuries and pain and suffering. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensatory damages needed to help return your life to normal as soon as possible! Call us at 888-800-2455 any time to discuss your case completely free of charge! Remember, our services are at no-risk to you! We are only compensated based on the amount that you are rewarded. Don’t be overwhelmed by your legal claims. Let us help return your life to normal as quickly as possible!