Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers
Garbage trucks are large, bulky, and heavy vehicles with numerous blind spots. When a garbage truck is involved in a crash, severe injuries and even death can result. Oftentimes garbage trucks are owned by a municipality or other government entity, and in many states, you only have six months from the accident to file a lawsuit. If you’ve been involved in a garbage truck accident, it is therefore imperative that you consult with an experienced Garbage truck accident lawyer right away. Call 800-863-5312 for a free attorney consultation from Zinda Law Group today.
Common Types of Garbage Truck Accidents
Garbage truck accidents can happen in many ways. They could involve other vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and more. Common types of garbage truck accidents include the following:
Common types of garbage truck accidents include the following:
- Truck Rollovers
- Garbage and/or other Debris Falling from the Truck
- Garbage Trucks Running into Other Vehicles
- Motorists Traveling in the Truck’s Blind Spots
- Motorists Trying to Pass a Garbage Truck
- Garbage Truck Not Seeing Pedestrians or Bicyclists
These accidents can be the result of a number of factors ranging from truck defects to driving too fast in inclement weather to driving while extremely fatigued. But in most instances, a truck driver or the company/government in charge of the truck acted negligently or carelessly and the accident was a result of their actions.
Some of the most common causes of garbage truck accidents include:
- Driver Distraction, such as using a cell phone or eating
- Driver Inexperience or Improper Training
- Driver Fatigue
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Failing to Check Blind Spots or Mirrors
- Defective or Malfunctioning Truck Parts
- Failing to Maintain or Repair the Truck Properly
Liability in a Garbage Truck Accident Case
As with most car accident cases, the individual who caused the crash in a garbage truck accident is usually the one who is responsible for the injuries and other damages that other individuals sustain. Anyone who drives on a roadway has a duty to drive safely and avoid causing injuries to others. However, if a garbage truck driver fails to abide by this duty by behaving negligently, and an accident occurs, the truck driver or their employer can be held liable for your injuries.
It is important to note that liability in garbage truck accident cases can be particularly complicated. Because many garbage trucks are owned by a municipality or other government entity, the truck owner in these cases might be partially immune from liability. This will not necessarily come into play if the garbage truck is owned by a private entity. In addition, if the accident was caused by a defective truck part, then the lawsuit may instead fall under products liability laws.
In any event, if you are injured and can successfully prove that the waste management company was responsible for your injuries, you could recover damages. Damages could include medical expenses, lost wages, property damages, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering. Accordingly, if you’ve sustained serious injuries in a garbage truck accident, it is imperative that you contact a knowledgeable and skilled garbage truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your rights to compensation.
Experienced Garbage Truck Injury Lawyers
If you have questions regarding your potential injury claim, we have answers. Call Zinda Law Group today at 800-863-5312 to get started with a free attorney consultation. Our attorneys also operate on a contingency fee basis. This means if we are unable to win your case, you won’t owe us a dime. We look forward to helping you seek the justice and compensation you deserve.