Not all truck accidents involve large big-rig trucks on Norfolk’s busy roads and highways. Some can involve smaller garbage trucks that you regularly see around the neighborhood. However, the injuries that you may sustain can be just as deadly if a negligent garbage truck driver causes your accident.
Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Driving a garbage truck requires experience and training. A driver must stop frequently and navigate narrow streets. These trucks are often not equipped with backup cameras and have large blind spots. Here are some of the reasons for these accidents:
- Falling debris. Although debris is not supposed to fall out of the back of a garbage truck, it can when the load is not secured. If trash or debris hits a young child, pedestrian, bicyclist, or car occupant, he could suffer serious injuries that he may not ever fully recover from.
- Inattentive drivers. Drivers must be alert for the vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists they share the road with—especially when backing up. When they are not paying attention, drivers can miss people and children in their blind spots—with deadly consequences.
- Negligent driving. Speeding, distracted driving, intoxication, and failure to obey traffic rules are a few of the negligent driving practices of garbage truck drivers that lead to garbage truck accidents.
- Maintenance. Garbage truck companies have a duty to regularly inspect, maintain, and repair their trucks. When they fail to do so, the brakes, tires, steering, or other truck parts could fail and be the cause of a tragic wreck.
If you sustained injuries in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Multiple parties, such as the trucking company, truck driver, and municipality, may be responsible for compensating you. You need the help of an experienced truck accident attorney to determine the cause of your crash and the at-fault parties.
At Tavss Fletcher, we aggressively fight for the rights of our clients injured in truck accidents. To learn how we can help you, call to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers. We offer an initial free consultation.