Garbage truck drivers are responsible for not only providing reliable and consistent disposal of trash, but they are also responsible for helping ensure that pedestrians and other drivers safe from potential injuries on residential streets.
When Garbage Truck Accidents Occur
Despite their deceptively slow movement, garbage truck accidents do happen, and they can be devastating like any other vehicular crash. Recently, a garbage truck accident in Las Vegas resulted in the death of a motorcyclist, demonstrating the potential danger that garbage trucks can present.
Unlike many other larger trucks on the road, garbage trucks travel more frequently in residential areas, putting more pedestrians and cyclists at risk of injury. The size and weight of these vehicles can also lead to more serious or even fatal injuries in many cases.
Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Garbage truck accidents often occur because of either human error or mechanical issues.
Many accidents involve negligent garbage truck drivers who may be speeding, driving while intoxicated, using mobile devices while driving, or otherwise behaving recklessly. Oftentimes, tired drivers working overtime are also responsible for accidents.
Garbage trucks that are poorly maintained can also cause accidents. The Nevada product liability law places responsibility on a garbage truck manufacturer for any accidents if they resulted from defective garbage trucks. The waste disposal company is responsible for making sure that every part of a garbage truck is consistently maintained, including brakes and other components that could malfunction.
Objects also need to be sufficiently secured to the garbage truck to prevent them from falling off and presenting a hazard to drivers on the road.
Many garbage trucks also lack backup cameras that could otherwise help drivers spot pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and other drivers when putting the vehicle in reverse.
Children are frequently at risk of suffering injuries from garbage truck accidents, as they may not be aware of the potential dangers that these vehicles present and may not even hear or see them approach due to their slow movement.
What to Do Following a Garbage Truck Accident
If someone is injured because of a garbage truck accident and the injured parties or their loved ones believe that negligence was the cause, either on the part of the driver or the company, it’s best to consult with an attorney. Regardless of the circumstances of the case, a reliable and experienced attorney can help seek compensation.