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Don't discard your legal options after a garbage truck accident

Did you know that the garbage truck driving down your street is a commercial vehicle? And even though garbage trucks typically move much slower than the 18-wheelers people typically think of when we think of commercial vehicles, they can still cause serious, catastrophic injuries in the event of a crash.

Below are some of the common types of accidents involving garbage trucks of which we urge readers to be aware.

  1. Collisions with other motor vehicles on the road: Garbage trucks require a safe, competent and licensed driver to operate them. When and if these drivers make a bad decision or careless mistake, they can cause a serious accident.
  2. Being struck by another vehicle: Garbage trucks are massive, loud and tend to lumber around residential roads. Still, drivers can fail to see them, and crash into them.
  3. Falling off the truck: When waste management workers ride on the backs or sides of these trucks, they run the risk of falling and being run over by the truck or other vehicles.
  4. Getting crushed or pinned by the truck: Pedestrians and workers can get stuck between a truck and a building or other vehicle when drivers are distracted. There are also large blind spots in trucks, so people can get hit and stuck if a truck operator backs up without ensuring the space is clear.

Depending on the details of an accident, the truck driver, owner or another party could be held liable for the damages suffered in a garbage truck accident. And like other commercial vehicle accidents, garbage truck crashes can result in extensive damage in any collision, even at low speeds.

According to recent statistics, the number of accidents involving sanitation vehicles is improving, though the number of fatalities in such accidents remains fairly steady.

In other words, you may be less likely to get into an accident with a garbage truck, but if you do, there is still a very real chance that the injuries you suffer will be fatal. Because of this, it can be critical that you discuss your rights to file a personal injury claim if you or a loved one is injured in an accident involving a garbage truck or any other type of commercial vehicle.

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