Waste disposal vehicles were involved in over 1,400 injury-causing collisions and near 90 fatality-causing crashes in 2010, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). While the colossal, slow-moving vehicles may seem to pose little threat, pedestrians and cyclists are in particular danger, and in a motor vehicle, anything from a fender-bender to a car fire could result from a garbage truck accident.
If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of a collision with a garbage truck, you may have grounds to seek legal recourse. The Citrin Law Firm has experienced truck accident attorneys to give you the guidance you need when seeking compensation for your injuries.
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Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Waste removal vehicles spend the bulk of pickup time in residential areas. Although garbage trucks move slowly, maneuverability can be hindered by a lack of visibility as well as the size, shape and weight of the vehicle. Multiple factors that can contribute to a collision with a waste removal truck include:
- Poor maintenance
- Malfunctioning or failing parts
- Driver fatigue
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Not following traffic laws
- Overweight loads
- Blind spots and limited visibility
- Not braking properly
- Malfunctioning or failing reverse alarms
There are several other possible causes of a garbage truck crash, as there are with any motor vehicle. The National Solid Wastes Management Association (NSWMA) and Waste Management, Inc. are both working to improve industry safety standards and reduce occupational hazards for waste removal employees, but accidents still occur. Pedestrians, cyclists and waste removal workers are frequently the victims in such cases. Both major and minor injuries can be sustained in a waste removal vehicle collision.
Common Injuries from Waste Disposal Truck Collisions
Depending on the nature of the incident, accidents with commercial vehicles such as those used by waste removal companies can result in a range of injuries, from minor to life-threatening. An instance of rollover has the potential to kill anyone in the vehicle’s path. Common injuries caused by crashes such as these include:
- Broken bones
- Back and neck trauma
- Skull fractures
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Every year in Alabama, over 100 accidents with large trucks result in at least one fatality. If you have been injured or lost a family member due to a collision with a waste disposal vehicle, one of our personal injury or wrongful death attorneys can offer you legal guidance.
Our Alabama Truck Accident Lawyers
Whether you have been struck by a garbage truck while walking, driving or working on the vehicle, you deserve the guidance of knowledgeable, passionate truck accident attorneys in pursuing justice. The Citrin Law Firm is here for you, if you have been injured in an accident with a waste removal truck or have lost a loved one in a fatal crash.
Our attorneys have successfully litigated hundreds of personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits. We are dedicated to providing comprehensive legal assistance to the residents of Alabama. We are proud to serve the community with our office in Mobile, as well as serving residents throughout the state in communities such as:
- Jackson Oak
- Pine Grove
- …and more
Let us fight for justice for you. Get a no-cost, no-obligation review of your case by calling us at 1-251-888-8888. One of our professional intake staff members will be happy to assist you by taking the details of your case and referring you to the attorney best suited to your case.
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