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Garbage Truck Accidents
Accidents involving garbage truck or trash trucks are unlike other truck accidents in that many of them involve pedestrians rather than collisions with other vehicles. Many times the victims are pedestrians in crosswalks, cyclists, or those working in the back of the truck picking up household or commercial trash. In fact, a recent study performed by Right of Way, a pedestrian safety advocacy group, showed that, on average, garbage trucks kill more pedestrians and cyclists per 100 million miles driven than any other vehicle on the road. Garbage Truck Accidents also occur from falling debris, loose garbage truck wheels/tires, rear-end collisions, and head-on collisions.

Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Garbage trucks spend the majority of their time in residential neighborhoods. Though garbage trucks may move slowly, they are dangerous due to their size, difficulty to maneuver, and lack of visibility of their drivers. A number of factors typically cause, or combine to cause Garbage Truck Accidents. Here are a few of those factors:

  • Limited driver visibility
  • Blind spots
  • Poor truck design
  • Driver backing before looking
  • Tired, overworked drivers
  • Careless drivers
  • Faulty back-up alarms
  • Oversized loads
  • Driver failure to obey traffic signals
  • Quick starts and stops
  • Inadequate truck maintenance
  • Poor-quality parts used on garbage truck repairs
  • Garbage truck driving in the wrong lane (easing a trash pickup)
  • Texting or talking on a cell phone
  • Falling objects

Garbage Truck Accident Injuries Can Be Severe
Injuries from Garbage Truck Accidents can be very severe. The severity is dictated by the weight of the vehicle itself in addition to any load it may be carrying. Serious injuries often include brain injury, broken legs, broken arms, neck injuries, back injuries and sometimes death.

National Garbage Truck Accident Attorneys
Victims of garbage truck accidents may seek to recover damages if they feel that the accident was caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of the driver or the company responsible for the truck’s maintenance. If you have been injured in a Garbage Truck Accident, please call Lubel Voyles LLP today. Our firm has a history of significant recoveries in motor vehicle collision cases. We provide quality representation and individualized attention to each and every case.  We spend time with each and every one of our clients to not only understand your case, but to understand what is important to you and your family.  Please call us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney, today.

Garbage Truck Companies
Waste Management, Inc., Republic Services Inc., Allied Waste Industries Inc., Waste Connections Inc., Casella Waste Systems Inc., Norcal Waste Systems Inc., Waste Industries, Inc., Burrtec Waste Group, Inc., Schupan & Sons, Inc., Solid Waste Service, Inc., WCA Waste Corporation, Country Waste and Recycling Service, E.L. Harvey & Sons, Red River Service Corp., Modern Disposal Service Inc., American Waste Management Services Inc., ABC Disposal Service, Inc., Mazza & Sons, J & J Refuse, Inc., Rustin Transportation, American Waste Control Inc., Aspen Waste Systems, Community Waste Disposal Inc., Randy’s Sanitation, JRM Hauling and Recycling Services, World Waste Services, Advanced Waste Services, Ace Solid Waste, Dick’s Sanitation Service, Rubatino Refuse Removal Inc.