Trash Truck Accident

Experienced Dump Truck Accident Attorneys

Garbage trucks are a part of our everyday lives, no matter where you work, live or play. You can find these heavy vehicles practically anywhere, traversing our neighborhoods and emptying them of waste and recycling. While it isn’t ideal, these sizable trucks follow the same curbs and streets that our families walk and play on.

Any kind of vehicle accident can be fatal, but a crash involving a garbage truck is even more likely to be lethal, simply because of their sheer size and weight, coupled with the fact that they often carry heavy, hazardous loads.

A collision with garbage truck can come with its own set of challenges and complexities. If yourself or a loved one has recently been involved in one, we can help you determine how to best move forward.

Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys

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The attorneys at Fried Rogers Goldberg have extensive experience defending victims of truck accidents and helping them move on with their lives, including those who have been injured or harmed in accidents with garbage trucks. We have won substantial settlements on behalf of our clients to help offset medical bills, missed wages and even their pain and suffering. We can help you, too.

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Were you or a loved one recently involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle, such as a waste removal truck? Our team has guided countless other families through these types of collisions. We understand how difficult this time can be, and we are ready to help alleviate some of your burden.

Contact us today by calling (404) 591-1800 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we are passionate about protecting our clients and helping them secure brighter futures.

How Trash Trucks Can Cause Accidents

Trash trucks are a necessary part to any community, though for as much as they benefit our communities, waste vehicles can also be responsible for harm and devastation.

From states like Colorado, Florida and Washington, 2017 has seen its fair share of wrecks involving waste removal vehicles. A range of accidents have occurred, including a head-on collision and one in which a truck driver lost control of his vehicle. These large trucks appear to be just as prone – if not more – to crashes than other vehicles.

A major challenge with waste removal trucks is that not all are equipped with backup cameras, making it difficult for drivers to see what is behind them when backing up, which is very often. This fact is particularly troubling concerning trash trucks in residential neighborhoods, which pass through streets where small children play. Already hard to see even from cars, small children are completely invisible to garbage truck drivers without a backup camera.

Aside from lacking rear cameras, large waste removal trucks also have significant blind spots, obstructing views from the front and sides of the vehicle. Unlike other commercial vehicles and large trucks, many garbage trucks are equipped with front or side loading arms that add an extra few feet around the vehicle and obstruct the driver’s view directly in front of the truck. A dump truck driver usually can’t see:

  • Directly in front of the cab
  • To the right of the cab
  • Behind the driver’s window
  • The tailgate

Trash trucks are also challenged with keeping a center of balance. These vehicles are top heavy, making them prone to rolling over. Depending on which type of cargo the truck is hauling, the vehicle has the potential of being flammable and/or hazardous, making for a disastrous combination.

Lastly, poor weather conditions can be dangerous for all kinds of vehicles, but because of their size, garbage trucks have an even more difficult time slowing down and braking. Their heavy weight does not allow them to maneuver quickly in an emergency.

What to do After an Accident with a Garbage Truck

After your health has been assessed, the next question you may want to consider is whether or not you should hire an attorney who has experience with accidents involving dump trucks. What you do directly following such an accident could greatly impact your claim if you choose to file one. Consider the following tips for what to do after an accident with a garbage truck:

If you’ve suffered physically from an accident with a dump truck, it’s highly advised that you see a doctor – even if you feel fine. You may have sustained injuries that are not immediately detectable, and if you are unaware of them, they could worsen. This could hurt your case, so please see a doctor as soon as you can and save all documentation – you may need it later.

Photographs are key, so if you weren’t able to take any when the accident occurred, try returning to the scene if possible. Take photos of the street, area, your vehicle or bike, and any injuries you suffered as a result. Try to capture all vehicles involved in the wreck.

If you haven’t done so already, call the police and file a report. Obtain a copy of the report, which will be necessary when arguing your case. Not only is the official police report vital, but you should also keep a record of any expenses related to the accident (i.e. doctor’s visits, medical treatments, missed wages, car repairs, etc.).

Lastly, it’s highly recommended that you contact a trucking accident attorney.

Contact a Garbage Truck Accident Attorney

Many attorneys handle car accidents, but few have real experience litigating large trucking accidents – particularly those involving commercial vehicles such as garbage trucks. When you think about giving your case to an attorney, be sure to verify their experience with handling cases like yours.

At Fried Rogers Goldberg, we are The Truck Accident Attorneys. While we are located in Georgia, we have successfully fought and won cases all over the country and represent the injured nationwide. In fact, more than 95% of our firm practice is dedicated solely to handling large trucking accidents. We have your and your family’s best interest at heart, and we are qualified and prepared to fight for it.

Have questions? We want to help answer them. For a free, private consultation, set up an appointment with us today by calling (404) 591-1800. We are glad to help you decide the best course of action and your consultation is without obligation.