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Garbage Truck / Sanitation Truck Accidents

The Law Offices of Adrian Crane, P.C. April 27, 2015

Garbage trucks may sometimes seem too slow to be a threat, but in all actuality, they pose a significant danger to passengers in other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as to other sanitation workers. Garbage trucks are actually responsible for more pedestrian and cyclist fatalities per 100 million miles than any other type of vehicle, according to “Right of Way”, a pedestrian safety group. Additionally, private garbage carrier trucks actually have a higher rate of fatal accidents than do city garbage trucks.

How Garbage Truck Accidents Happen

Sanitation trucks spend most of their time in residential neighborhoods; this is why they are such a threat to passenger cars, pedestrians and cyclists, who are in crosswalks, sidewalks and in driveways. Their huge size and significant lack of maneuverability can pose serious safety challenges. Add to that a dose of negligence or carelessness and an accident and the probabilities for injuries and the possibility for death can increase dramatically.

Our Dallas Texas garbage truck accident attorneys handle all types of truck driving negligence-related cases.

Examples of How Garbage Truck Accidents Can Occur Include:

  • Failure to adequately look before backing up

  • Failure to adequately look before turning

  • Drivers under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription drugs

  • Overly fatigued or sleepy drivers

  • Oversized loads or things blocking visibility

  • Driving in the wrong lane, often times intentionally for the sake of convenience

  • Objects falling from the back of the truck

  • Inadequate truck maintenance

  • Distracted drivers on cell phones or texting

  • Failure to stop at stop signs, yield signs or traffic control lights

With each type of commercial vehicle comes unique problems, and garbage trucks are no exception.

In metropolitan areas such as Dallas, garbage trucks and dump trucks injure and kill more pedestrians per mile traveled than any other vehicle. Garbage trucks often have blind spots on the side of the truck and almost always, no visibility of the rear of the truck exists, sans any working backup camera they might have.

When children and adults are behind a truck, they may make the mistake of not knowing the truck does not see them even though the truck has the responsibility to only back up when it is safe.

This is how many wrongful death garbage truck accidents occur. Garbage trucks spend the majority of their time in neighborhoods and rural areas; mix that with these visibility problems and you have a prescription for disaster in the form of an accident anywhere in Texas.

It is important if you are loved one has been injured in any kind of accident including an accident with a garbage truck that you select an attorney who is familiar with the rules and regulations applicable to garbage trucks and drivers.

Contact us today to speak to a lawyer at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane about your garbage truck accident. There is no obligation and no cost for the consultation.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed by a garbage truck anywhere in Texas, turn to The Law Offices of Adrian Crane. Since 1991, our personal injury firm has been one of Texas’s premier personal injury law firms. We have obtained many millions of dollars worth of monetary awards for clients since our founding.

Consult a Sanitation Truck Accident Attorney

Were you or a loved one seriously or catastrophically injured in a garbage truck accident? If so, do not hesitate to request a free case evaluation from the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane. Call us or contact us online with the free case evaluation form on this website.