We know that the last thing on your mind is that you may get injured due to a collision with a trash truck, but there are times when driver negligence or vehicle failure cause major injuries. Garbage trucks are heavy. They have to be to support the machinery on board. Because of this, they tend to cause plenty of damage in crashes.
At the Simpson Law Group, we want to help when you need a San Diego garbage truck accident attorney. We will work diligently to investigate what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
According to Waste 360, the average garbage truck, when loaded down with waste, weighs around 51,000 pounds, though they can reach up to 80,000 pounds. Now consider that the average passenger vehicle weighs just over 4,000 pounds and you can see the potential damage that can occur in a garbage truck versus passenger car crash.
Simply put – passenger cars are no match.
You may not realize it, but garbage truck crashes happen fairly often. These vehicles, operated by private or government agencies, are not the easiest vehicles to drive. That is why it is vital that all garbage truck drivers be properly licensed and trained to operate their vehicles. If a new driver is being trained, they should be closely supervised by a more experienced driver. Under no circumstances should a garbage truck driver be impaired by drugs or alcohol or distracted by their phones or other devices. This type of reckless behavior is dangerous and deadly.
Companies and agencies who own and operate garbage trucks should regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle in their fleet. One of the main causes of large truck crashes is vehicle failure. This can almost always be prevented by proper maintenance.
Injuries from garbage truck crashes can be severe and speeds do not necessarily have to be high for them to occur. Consider the following:
All of these injuries require immediate emergency medical care which can lead to extraordinary costs. When you factor in other hidden accident-related costs (lost income, in-home care, rehabilitation, etc.) the financial burden can become unbearable.
Unexpected accidents are going to occur, but that does not mean you always know where to turn for help, especially when the accident involves a private or government-operated garbage vehicle. At the Simpson Law Group, our team is ready to step in and help you recover the compensation you deserve. In many cases, we will be able to recover compensation for the following:
When you need a San Diego garbage truck accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 619-236-9696 for a free consultation. We will be your advocate so you can focus on healing and being with your family.
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