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Truck Accidents / 4.22.2024

What to Do After Dump Truck & Garbage Truck Accidents

Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles is a daily reality. While most interactions go smoothly, dump trucks and garbage trucks pose unique dangers due to their size, weight, and blind spots. Accidents involving these behemoths can be devastating, leaving victims with serious injuries and facing complex legal battles.

The Prevalence of Dump Truck & Garbage Truck Accidents

You likely see trash trucks so often that you think little about the dangers of sharing the road with them. Unfortunately, the statistics paint a sobering picture. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports over 8,000 dump truck crashes annually requiring emergency response. While specific data on garbage truck accidents is harder to come by, the sheer number of these vehicles on the road translates to a significant risk.

Most jurisdictions have weekly, or even daily, trash pickup routes all over the town and these drivers are often working long hours. Just like semi-truck drivers, long shifts and other driving factors can lead to devastating results. 

Common Causes of These Accidents

With so many of these service vehicles on the road, it is important to take into consideration what factors may contribute to the prevalence of dump truck and garbage truck accidents such as:

  • Blind Spots: Both trucks have extensive blind spots around the sides and rear due to their large bodies and high beds. Smaller vehicles can easily disappear from view, leading to unintended turns, lane changes, or backing up accidents.
  • Driver Negligence: Distracted driving, fatigue, speeding, and driving under the influence can all be catastrophic. Tight schedules and demanding routes for garbage collection can pressure drivers, increasing the risk of errors.
  • Improper Vehicle Maintenance: Neglected brakes, faulty tires, or malfunctioning lights on these heavy vehicles can easily lead to accidents, especially during turns or braking maneuvers.
  • Cargo Shift: Improperly secured loads in dump trucks can cause them to tip over or lose debris, creating hazards on the road for following vehicles.
  • Poor Weather Conditions: Rain, snow, and fog can significantly reduce visibility, making it harder for drivers to see hazards and react in time.

The Aftermath of a Wreck

The consequences of a dump truck or garbage truck accident can be life-altering. Common injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): The force of the impact can cause serious head injuries, leading to cognitive impairments, memory loss, and personality changes.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI): Damage to the spinal cord can result in paralysis, permanent loss of mobility, and chronic pain.
  • Amputations: Severe crushing injuries can necessitate amputation of limbs, leading to a lifetime of physical and emotional challenges.
  • Severe Burns: Hot engine parts or spilled materials can cause burns, requiring extensive medical treatment and potentially leading to long-term scarring and pain.
  • Psychological Trauma: The emotional impact of witnessing or experiencing such a traumatic event can be significant, leading to anxiety, depression, and PTSD.

Beyond the physical and emotional toll, these accidents often cause significant financial hardship. Medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing rehabilitation can quickly drain a victim's resources. The legal complexities of dealing with insurance companies and potentially multiple parties involved in the accident can be overwhelming.

Protecting Your Rights: Why You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been involved in a dump truck or garbage truck accident, don't navigate the complex legal landscape alone. Truck.Law understands the intricacies of these cases and has the experience to fight for the compensation you deserve. Here's how a Truck.Law attorney can help you get the best results in your case:

  • Investigate the Cause of the Accident: Our team will thoroughly investigate the accident scene, gather evidence, and identify all potentially liable parties. This could include the truck driver, their employer, the company responsible for maintenance, or even a third-party loader if cargo securement was faulty.
  • Negotiate with Insurance Companies: Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts. Truck.Law has the knowledge and experience to negotiate aggressively on your behalf, ensuring you receive fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
  • Handle Complex Legal Issues: Truck accident laws are nuanced, and the sheer size and weight of these vehicles add another layer of complexity. Our legal team will handle all aspects of your case, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
  • Fight for Maximum Compensation: Truck.Law will work tirelessly to recover damages for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and ongoing care needs. We understand the significant financial burden these accidents cause and will fight for the compensation you deserve to move forward.

Truck.Law: Standing Up for Victims of Dump Truck & Garbage Truck Accidents

At Truck.Law, we understand the devastating impact that dump truck and garbage truck accidents can have. We are committed to holding negligent parties accountable and ensuring that victims receive fair compensation for their injuries. If you have been involved in such an accident, don't hesitate to contact Truck.Law for a free consultation. We are here to help you navigate the wreckage and rebuild your life.

Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles is a daily reality. While most interactions go smoothly, dump trucks and garbage trucks pose unique dangers due to their size

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