Every garbage truck accident involves a motor vehicle with the size and strength of a tank against a pedestrian, bicyclist, or much smaller car or truck. The odds in favor of the waste truck and against everyone else in such a scenario are overwhelmingly lopsided.
A Garbage Truck Accident Rarely Occurs When Following Safety Rules
Garbage trucks are heavy commercial vehicles typically weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Moreover, many weigh up to 60,000 when full of refuse.
These waste disposal trucks—and the similarly large recycling trucks—require careful operation. Because, their size, weight, and challenging maneuverability make them dangerous. A garbage truck accident is preventable is safety rules are followed.
Big Vehicles are Difficult to Drive Leading to Garbage Truck Accident
There are several garbage truck types. Each one presents challenges for innocent drivers, riders, and bystanders.
- Front loaders—Primarily servicing commercial and industrial businesses using dumpsters, this type of garbage truck is equipped with automated forks on the front which the driver carefully aligns with sleeves on the waste container. The dumpster is then lifted over the truck. Once it gets to the top the container is then flipped upside down and the waste or recyclable material is emptied into the vehicle’s hopper.
- Rear loaders—Most commonly seen in residential communities, rear loaders have an opening at the rear that a worker can throw trash bags or empty the contents of trash bins into. A hydraulic compactor uses a metal plate or shovel to scoop the waste out from the loading hopper and compress it against a moving wall.
- Side loaders—Recycling trucks in our SW Fla. region load from sides with a robotic arm and claw which lifts recycling bins into the hopper.
Each of these trucks is very large, with an extended wheel-base and enormous amount of weight—some trucks weighing up to 40 tons—and every waste truck is difficult to drive. These vehicles require great effort to make sharp turns and have poor clearance ability in making any tight maneuvers. If the driver is not paying precise attention or following all safety rules, then a garbage truck accident is likely inevitable.
Garbage Truck Accident Caused by Negligence
A garbage truck accident often has deadly or catastrophic consequences for victims. Brain damage, paralysis, broken bones, amputation, and similar life-threatening injuries are common, and death often results.
Very often in garbage truck accident cases, drivers are guilty for improper conduct. For example, failing to yield, careless driving, speeding, failing to keep a proper lookout, or otherwise violating regulations. Moreover, a truck owner or waste disposal company may be liable for wrongdoing.
Every owner must ensure its drivers have proper training, perform background safety check, and comply with regulations. However, many truck owners and companies violate these rules resulting in a garbage truck accident.
Commercial trucks must follow numerous laws and regulations overseen by the federal and state officials. These special laws and regulations often help prove liability for a garbage tuck accident. Moreover, a garbage truck accident almost always involve multiple parties. So, truck drivers, trucking companies, waste disposal companies, truck owners, and insurance companies, are often liable.
Compensation for Catastrophic Injury or Death in Garbage Truck Accident
Severe personal injury, wrongful death, and similar tragic harms and losses resulting from a garbage truck accident consume victims and families. The struggle to overcome the depth of loss can last a lifetime for survivors. Medical treatment, surgery, therapy, and recovery from severe injury caused by a garbage truck accident can become a routine over years, and the costs are staggering. Health insurance often only pays for partial treatment, and then a garbage truck accident victim must fend for himself or herself.
Neither you nor your family have to try to move forward without help. Trying to do so may make this time of confusion and pain even worse.
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