Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage trucks are deployed on a daily basis throughout Florida cities and onto Florida streets in various communities. Garbage truck drivers are oftentimes very focused on their jobs and, unfortunately, are less focused on safe and careful driving and operation of their trucks.

Because garbage trucks service so many different areas of the community, careless garbage truck drivers are can be responsible for accidents with other motor vehicles and also with pedestrians, resulting in extremely serious personal injuries and damages.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence1 in a garbage truck accident, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Our experienced garbage truck accident lawyers can review all of the facts and circumstances of your case with you and can help you to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve under the law.

Why Garbage Truck Accidents Occur

Some of the most common causes of garbage truck accidents include the following:

  • Backing up unexpectedly into another motor vehicle or pedestrian
  • Defective or malfunctioning backup signals
  • Aggressive driving
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit (especially in residential neighborhoods)
  • Texting or otherwise engaging in distracted driving
  • Driving too fast for the existing conditions
  • Failing to obey traffic control devices, such as stop signs and traffic lights
  • Brake failure
  • Turning too quickly (especially around tight curves)

Injuries Sustained

Because garbage truck accidents oftentimes involve pedestrians, the injuries sustained can be very severe. Some of the more common types of catastrophic injuries sustained in garbage truck accidents involving pedestrians include the following:

Responsible Parties

In garbage truck accident cases, the responsible parties are usually the garbage truck driver and/or the company that the driver works for. In a negligence case, the burden of proof is on the injured plaintiff to prove that the garbage truck driver was driving in a negligent manner. Specifically, the injured plaintiff would need to prove that the garbage truck driver failed to act as a reasonably careful and prudent driver would under the same or similar circumstances and that this breach proximately resulted in injuries and damages.

An injured plaintiff may be able to recover the following types of damages:
  • Payment of medical bills
  • Payment of lost wages
  • Past, present, and future pain and suffering
  • Past, present, and future mental anguish and emotional distress
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of companionship

The injured plaintiff may also have a claim against the garbage truck driver’s employer under an agency theory of liability. Specifically, the injured plaintiff would have to prove that an employment relationship existed between the driver and the company, that the driver was under the company’s control at the time of the accident, and that the driver had the company’s express or implied consent to drive the garbage truck at the time of the accident.

Contact a New Port Richey Garbage Truck Accident Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

Our experienced New Port Richey garbage truck accident attorneys have the legal knowledge and experience to negotiate with insurance adjusters and, if necessary, litigate your case to reach a favorable conclusion. You can contact the experienced Clearwater truck accident attorneys at Dolman Law Group by calling 727-853-6275, or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 853-6275