Accidents With Garbage Trucks
Trash Trucks Pack a Punch
Garbage truck accidents can be severe accidents. If you get hit by a garbage truck, you are likely to be getting hit by a vehicle that is as much as 22 times the weight of your personal vehicle. The average weight of a three-axle garbage truck is 64,000 lbs. Since they can carry another 24,000 lbs. of trash, that is 88,000 lbs. colliding with your passenger car that likely weighs around 4,000 lbs. Needless to say, the passenger car always comes out on the losing end of that impact.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a collision with a garbage truck, you should talk to truck accident attorney about your rights today. Call us at 800-298-0111 for a free consultation.
Causes of Accidents Involving Garbage Trucks
There are many reasons that garbage truck accidents may occur. Trash truck operators often work long hours and their day starts early in the morning. Weather and other factors often put them behind schedule making them rush. Here are several of the reasons a garbage truck driver may cause a collision:
- Driving while drowsy
- Failure to check blind spots
- Backing when unsafe to do so
- Hurrying due to weather delays
- Traffic law violations
- Overweight loads
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to the negligent operation of a garbage truck, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today.
Claims Against Garbage Companies
When you have an accident with a garbage company, you a filing a commercial motor vehicle claim. However, these vehicles are involved in intrastate trucking vs interstate trucking. As a result, they are only required by the State of Texas to carry $500,000 in liability insurance coverage unless they transport hazardous waste—in which case they must carry $1,000,000.00 in liability coverage. However, Garbage trucks can carry more coverage.
Most garbage trucks are operated by private companies such as: AW Waste, Progressive Waste Solutions, Republic Services, Waste Management, Inc. WCA Waste Corporation and Waste Cost Solutions. Some garbage trucks are owned by municipalities. If the garbage is owned and operated by a government entity, your damages will be limited to either $100,000 or $250,000 depending upon whether it is city or county owned.
Workers Injured on Garbage Trucks
If you are a worker injured on a garbage truck anywhere in the United States except Texas, you are required to be covered by workers compensation. In Texas, worker’s compensation is optional. If it is provided, then workers compensation will bar you from making a civil personal injury claim against your employer in most cases. However, if there is no workers compensation provided to you, then you have a right to bring a personal injury claim against your employer for your injuries if they are the result of your employer and/or another employee’s negligence. Call us for a free consultation.
Consult an Attorney
If you have been injured due to a garbage truck accident, you should call us for a free consultation. You may have a right to compensation for your injures, pain, suffering, medical bills, lost wages and more. Talk to a truck accident attorney today. Call us at: 1-800-298-0111.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.