Ohio auto accident attorney investigating trash collection injuries and garbage truck accident lawsuits on behalf of injured plaintiffs nationwide
Safe and uneventful trash collection is taken for granted much of the time. But when garbage truck accident injuries occur, it is rarely a minor incident. Due to the massive size and weight of trash collection vehicles, weighing up to 9 or 10 tons, severe auto accidents and worker injuries are likely. There is little doubt that garbage collection services are necessary in your community, though waste management companies have a duty to provide a safe service both on the road and in your neighborhood.
Trash trucks are on the road much of the day, and their visibility is not what a smaller vehicle’s can be. Blind spots and driver negligence may be huge factors in any garbage truck accident.
Poor weather, driver fatigue, poor truck maintenance and other factors can lead to devastating trash truck injuries. When accidents occur, a waste management company, private contractor, or municipality may be liable for the damages sustained.
Garbage Truck Accident Causes
There are many reasons a trash collection vehicle may cause an accident, which may include the following:
- Trash truck may not have backup cameras, even as the trucks have large blind spots. The blind spots on trash trucks may encompass a large portion of the vehicle.
- Brakes may be insufficient or poorly maintained. To stop a vehicle of this size, faulty brakes can be a serious hazard
- Faulty tires or poorly maintained machinery
- Driver negligence—drivers may be fatigued, inexperienced or poorly trained. Individuals can be held liable for auto accidents if they operate their truck with no concern for other motorists
- Trucks may not have an underride guard, which can be illegal
- Lack of personnel can be a real cause of accidents. Garbage trucks are complex machines, and usually are not operated by only one man.
- Long Routes can contribute to drivers lack of attention to pedestrians and motorists.
Garbage Truck Collision
Trash trucks can weigh more than 50,000 pounds, presenting a serious road hazard when drivers operate in unsafe manners. These trucks drive past our homes almost daily, and pose a risk to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and anyone on the road.
Most trash collection operations require at least two people to safety operate the machinery. One driver situations can cause distraction and accidents. Commercial trucking is not to be taken lightly and waste management companies have a duty to provide a safe service. Trash collection companies, however, may be trying to cut costs, and in the process presents safety hazards.
Regardless of the cause of an accident, following an injury, it should be investigated by an experienced lawyer to assess damages and potentially recover compensation for injuries and damages. If possible, following any garbage truck accident, collect witness testimony and photographic evidence of the scene.
Obtain a copy of the accident report and any related medical reports. Determining liability will depend on who is operating the vehicle, who is negligent, who owns the vehicle, and who the employer may be.
Can I Sue a Waste Management Company?
Each accident that involves a trash truck can be investigated by The Lyon Firm, and legal action may be possible. A personal injury lawsuit may be filed if any injury has been caused by a trash collection vehicle. Plaintiffs are urged to ask themselves the following questions:
- Was I in the truck’s blind spot?
- How many people were operating the truck at the time of accident?
- Did the truck have underride guards or safety reflectors?
- How long had the driver been working on his shift?
- Was the accident due to heavy traffic?
- Did the driver fail to signal a turn or lane change?
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a garbage truck accident, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.