The Dangers of Car Accidents with Garbage Trucks

Nov 21, 2018 — by Gary Zucker
Tags: Car Accidents

A garbage truckVictims of auto accidents may seek compensation for their injuries and other damages, and should when an accident is caused by the negligence of another driver.

It's particularly important to hold negligent parties liable when a car accident is caused by a garbage truck driver as they are expected, and paid, to safely maneuver busy streets.

Car accidents with garbage trucks are a serious problem in Brooklyn, NY, often resulting in permanent disability and even death. If you have been injured in a garbage truck accident, the attorneys of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. will work on your behalf to secure the maximum settlement for your injuries and hold responsible parties liable for their negligence.

Why Are Accidents with Garbage Trucks Dangerous?

Car accidents with garbage trucks can be devastating, often resulting in serious injuries or death. The primary reason garbage truck accidents are so dangerous is the sheer size of garbage trucks.

Garbage trucks are massive, especially when compared to most cars on the road. They also have blind spots that can make it difficult for garbage truck drivers to see others approaching.

Not only can it be difficult for garbage truck drivers to see approaching cars, navigating large garbage trucks down narrow streets, frequently stopping and entering traffic, and driving in densely populated areas all contribute to the danger of garbage truck accidents.

Causes of Car Accidents with Garbage Trucks

There are many possible causes of car accidents with garbage trucks. Sometimes a number of factors will contribute to the occurrence of an accident.

Car accidents with garbage trucks may be caused by such factors as:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Reckless driving
  • Disobeying traffic laws
  • Malfunctioning back-up alarms on garbage trucks
  • Failure to use proper signals
  • Defective tires or other garbage truck parts
  • Garbage truck not properly maintained

Common Types of Injuries Sustained in Accidents with Garbage Trucks

When a large garbage truck collides with a passenger vehicle, the resulting injuries can be severe, potentially causing permanent disability or even death.

Injuries are often greater when vehicles are traveling at higher speeds, especially when a garbage truck enters a lane of traffic while a car is traveling at cruising speed. This can cause the driver of the car to slam into the side of the garbage truck, the impact of which is much like driving into a wall.

Accidents with garbage trucks often mean drivers of passenger vehicles will experience one or more of the following injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractured bones
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Muscular injuries, like sprains and strains
  • Contusions and skin lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Seeking Compensation for Injuries

When an accident is caused by the negligence of a garbage truck driver, victims are entitled to seek compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering.

There are several parties that may be held liable for a garbage truck accident. Garbage trucks are generally owned by the city in which they operate or a waste management company. Garbage truck drivers are employees of the city or private waste management company.

Accordingly, a person injured in a garbage truck accident caused by the truck driver may seek compensation through legal action against the truck driver, the company or city that owns the garbage truck, or the company or city that employs the garbage truck driver.

An attorney experienced with garbage truck accident cases can determine which party should be held liable to help victims get the maximum compensation for their injuries and pain and suffering.

Contact the Accident Attorneys at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C.

If you have been severely injured in a garbage truck accident, the attorneys of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about, please call (718) 624-1211 to schedule a case review.

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