Trash Trucks Can Be Deadly Hazards On Our Streets
In addition to the danger trash trucks pose for others, being a garbage truck worker is one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S., rating in the top ten most dangerous occupations for decades. According to a 611 page report by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration which details waste collector employee accidents causing injury and death, workers have been:
- Run over by the truck’s maneuvering;
- Seriously injured (such as amputation and broken limbs) when parts malfunction;
- Crushed between moving parts;
- Injured/killed after falling from a truck.
Sometimes these accidents occur from the truck not being properly maintained, and sometimes the garbage truck driver is at fault. In some cases, another driver runs into the truck which is facing the oncoming lane of traffic.
Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
In most cases when a trash truck injures or kills, the accident could have been avoided. Some causes of garbage truck crashes/ accidents include:
- Malfunctioning brakes
- Backup warning system failure
- Dumpster loader arm equipment failure
- Driver fatigue
- No camera to correct large blind spots
- Failure to adequately monitor surroundings
- Driver distraction
- Refusing to yield to pedestrians and bicyclists
In addition, depending on the state’s Motor Vehicle Department rules, garbage trucks may not have to go by the same rules of the road as the rest of us. They may be allowed to:
- Go the wrong way down one-way streets;
- Drive on the wrong side of the street;
- Drive in bike paths;
- Take up more than half the road.
Traditionally, trash trucks collect garbage in early morning hours, to avoid heavy traffic and the increased risk of accidents. But it’s during these hours that adults and children are often:
- Leaving for work or school;
- Walking the dog;
- Gardening; or
- Delivering newspapers.
There are many activities people do before starting their regular work day, and because neighborhoods are relatively empty at dawn, trash collectors may not stay alert to the occasional early bird who is up and about. And the early dawn darkness can only make matters more dangerous.
Isaacs & Isaacs Lawyers for Trash Truck Accidents
Many victims of garbage truck accidents are killed, or suffer a serious injury which leaves them permanently disabled. In order to recover maximum damages from the government or private garbage collection provider, you must prove that negligence or a wrongful act on the part of the trash collector/company caused the accident. This may be difficult to do if you’re laid up with serious injuries or are grieving the death of a family member.
You don’t have to go through this alone. Our skilled truck accident attorneys have the experience and resources to do a thorough investigation to determine what caused the accident and which parties are liable. In most cases, the stronger the evidence, the more the other side will offer to settle and prevent a lengthy, expensive and unpredictable court trial. Especially if the accident was due to gross negligence or a criminal act.
Isaacs & Isaacs will represent you on a contingency fee basis. We won’t charge you anything to enlist our help until and unless we win your settlement or case. We are on call 24 hours a day to respond and offer help in emergencies. We understand that the sooner you are able to contact an attorney the better chance your attorney will have to gather all the evidence and facts necessary to prove your case.
Call 800-800-8888 now or fill out the form on our website to speak to an Isaacs & Isaacs garbage truck accident lawyer and receive a free preliminary case assessment.