Garbage Truck Accidents
If you have been in an accident with a garbage truck, chances are you are confused on how to proceed with your claim. Garbage truck accidents can be very serious and lead to life-altering, if not deadly injuries. After being in an accident with a garbage truck, you may be confused as to how to make a claim for your injuries.
The Jackman Law Firm is happy to help you make sense of how to proceed against the at-fault driver and company.Reasons for Garbage Truck Accidents
The most common reasons for a garbage truck accident are:
- Distracted driving
- Mechanical failure
- Garbage falling from the truck
There may be other reasons than those listed, however. Every scenario is different. Given that garbage trucks can weigh anywhere between 55,000 and 80,000 pounds, depending on how loaded they are with garbage, the accident can be substantial and cause serious injuries. The most common manufacturers of garbage trucks are Mack, Autocar Trucks, McNeilus, and Heil.
There are three kinds of garbage trucks as well:
- Front loaders
- Rear loaders
- Side loaders
Side loaders gather a garbage bin or trash from the side either manually or a robotic arm to lift and dump the garbage into the bin of the ruck. Rear loaders are the kind of garbage truck that has a loader from the back of the truck that will lift the bin and dump the garbage into the back of the truck. Front loaders have powered forks on the front that allows the waste to be picked up from the front and dumped into the front of the truck.
Another common reason for accidents with garbage trucks occur when a trucker either is not able to see a driver or is negligent in operating his or her garbage truck so as to miss a driver who is in plain sight. While garbage trucks have limited views of cars on the road, or more limited than normal cars, it is still the garbage truck driver’s duty to make sure he or she can see safely around and spot other cars on the road.
While it may seem logical to sue the driver for causing your injuries, the reality is that often times it makes more sense to sue the company that employed the driver. This company is often a company called Waste Management Company. Regardless of the company, it is advisable to make a claim against the garbage truck company because they have what is called a non-delegable duty to make sure that their drivers are properly trained, which is a common reason for an accident, and that their trucks are properly maintained and serviced, which is another reason accidents occur—because many times an accident occurs because a garbage truck is not properly maintained.
In order to make sure their trucks are safe, the owners of garbage trucks have a duty to make sure that they are constantly keeping their trucks in proper condition, checking brakes, tires, doing routine inspections. The company must do these consistently and keep a close record of them.Common Garbage Truck Injuries
If you have been in an accident with a garbage truck, chances are you are suffering serious injuries. These injuries might be serious enough to warrant seeing a doctor or medical professional. Seeing an osteopath, physiatrist, chiropractor, or physical therapist are all advisable and options that should be considered. The most common injuries from garbage truck accidents are:
- Broken bones
- Herniated disc
- Bulging disc
If you suffer from any of these injuries, it is best to seek immediate medical care since these are very serious injuries. These injuries typically do not resolve on themselves and need medical attention to address them.How The Jackman Law Firm can Help
If you have been injured in a garbage truck accident, you likely need immediate medical care. In addition, you are probably receiving phone calls from the insurance company for the garbage truck and the municipality or local government asking about how you are feeling and if you can settle your case. It is rarely in your best interest to settle your claim immediately, especially if you are seeking medical treatment for your injuries.
Rather, it is best to wait to discuss the closure of your claim and explore your options when you have finished treating for your injuries, however long that may be. That is why you have three years from the date of your accident to file a claim in court.
The Jackman Law Firm can help you achieve the following:
- Obtain money for medical bills
- Obtain money for pain and suffering
- Obtain money for lost wages
- Obtain money for out of pocket expenses
In addition, the Jackman Law Firm can take the stress and burden of having to deal with an insurance company off your shoulders completely. If you have questions or concerns about your claim, feel free to call The Jackman Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your options. We are ready to assist you.Tow Truck Accidents
If you have been involved in a car accident in Kirkland or Seattle with a tow truck, you are likely facing serious injuries and damages from your accident. After all, you are hit by a tow truck, you are talking about a vehicle that weighs at least 6,000 pounds, and at the time of the accident, it could very well be towing 3,000 pounds. If you are in a small car when you’re hit by a truck that weighs this much, you can see why your injuries can be very extensive.
What’s worse, these damages and injuries are likely not your fault and the result of the tow truck company driver’s negligence. You may be facing a lot of phone calls from insurance companies inquiring into the status of your injuries.