Thousands of people die every year in auto accidents that involve commercial vehicles such as 18-wheelers, delivery trucks and waste disposal trucks. Accidents that involve waste disposal trucks are unlike other types of truck accidents because they are more likely to involve pedestrians. Injury victims in these types of crashes tend to be bicyclists, pedestrians and garbage truck workers. Waste disposal truck crashes can result in critical injuries and extensive property damage.
If you or a loved one sustained an injury in a garbage truck accident, you may have grounds for legal action. Contact an experienced North Carolina truck accident attorney to learn about the legal rights available to accident victims.
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Causes of Garbage Truck Collisions
Waste removal companies, such as Republic Waste Services and Waste Management spend most of their time picking up garbage in residential areas. While most waste collection vehicles move at slow speeds, these vehicles can be dangerous due to their lack of visibility, weight and their difficulty to maneuver. A variety of factors can cause a garbage truck accident. Some common factors that result in waste disposal truck crashes include:
- Blind spots
- Driver fatigue
- Drivers that are inattentive
- Oversize loads
- Limited visibility for the truck driver
- The inability to brake suddenly
- Truck drivers that disregard stoplights and traffic signs
- Poorly maintained vehicles
- Drivers that are distracted
- Malfunctioning auto parts
- Faulty back-up alarms
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Common Injuries in Waste Disposal Truck Crashes
The force of a waste disposal truck crash can cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Additionally, if a waste removal truck rolls over during an accident the driver as well as anyone in the truck’s path could be killed. Some common injuries sustained in garbage truck crash include:
- Broken bones
- Skull fractures
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
Each year, 5,000 people are fatally injured in truck vs. car accidents. If your family member was killed in a garbage truck collision, you may be able to sue the negligent party.
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Contact a North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a relative was injured in a garbage truck wreck, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident victims may be able to recover damages for current and future medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. It’s imperative for accident victims to seek legal guidance after an accident.
At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we offer a free initial legal consultation for accident victims in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and the surrounding areas. During your consultation a member of our legal team will review the facts surrounding your accident and advise you on the best course of action to pursue.
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