Every year, thousands of people die in motor vehicle accidents that involve large trucks such as tractor-trailers, delivery trucks and garbage trucks. Collisions that involve garbage or trash trucks are unlike other truck crashes because they tend to involve more pedestrians. Many times the accident victims in these types of accidents are pedestrians, bicyclists and garbage truck workers. Garbage truck collisions can cause serious injuries and sometimes fatalities.
Causes of Garbage Truck Collisions
ABC Waste and other waste management companies spend the majority of their time picking up trash in residential neighborhoods. Although waste collection trucks usually move at slow speeds, they can be dangerous due to their weight, lack of visibility and their difficulty to maneuver. A number of factors can contribute to garbage truck accidents. Listed below are some common factors that can result in a crash:
- Large blind spots
- Inattentive drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Oversized loads
- Drivers that disregard traffic signs
- Limited visibility for the driver
- The inability to stop suddenly
- Faulty back-up alarms
- Poorly maintained trucks
- Faulty or malfunctioning auto parts
- Distracted drivers
Common Garbage Truck Injuries
The impact of a garbage truck accident can cause individuals to sustain severe injuries and sometimes death. In addition, if a garbage truck rolls over during the crash, the driver as well as anyone in the vehicle’s path could be fatally injured. Common injuries suffered in a garbage truck collision include:
- Bone fractures
- Skull fractures
- Brain injuries
- Eye injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Approximately 5,000 people are killed every year in car/truck crashes. If your loved one was killed in garbage truck crash, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for medical expenses, funeral costs and lost wages.
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