In This Article
Garbage Truck Accident
Experienced Garbage Truck Accident Attorneys
Garbage trucks are a part of our everyday lives, no matter where you work, live or play. You can find these heavy vehicles practically anywhere, traversing our neighborhoods and emptying them of waste and recycling. While it isn’t ideal, these sizable trucks follow the same curbs and streets that our families walk and play on.
A collision with a garbage truck can come with its own set of challenges and complexities. If you or a loved one has recently been involved in one, we can help you determine how to best move forward.
At Fried Goldberg, LLC, our garbage truck accident lawyers have a long track record of success. After decades of serving the residents of our community and beyond, we understand the strategies needed to maximize the compensation you deserve.
Why Work with Fried Goldberg, LLC
The attorneys at Fried Goldberg have extensive experience defending victims of truck accidents and helping them move on with their lives, including those who have been injured or harmed in accidents with garbage trucks. We have won substantial settlements on behalf of our clients to help offset medical bills, missed wages and even their pain and suffering. We can help you, too.
You may find helpful information on this page for the following:
- Were you or a loved one recently involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle, such as a waste removal truck?
- Our team has guided countless other families through these types of collisions.
- We understand how difficult this time can be, and we are ready to help alleviate some of your burden.
Contact us today by calling 877-357-3090 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we are passionate about protecting our clients and helping them secure brighter futures.
What Should You Know About Garbage Truck Accidents?
Garbage truck accidents are devastating. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a study aimed at preventing the increase in garbage truck collision injuries and fatalities.
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study studied 963 accidents where the truck weighed over 10,000 pounds. They found that:
- 73% of total collisions involve a large truck colliding with at least one other passenger car
- 5% of crashes involved trucks carrying hazardous materials, like garbage trucks
Many collisions were due to critical factors and assigned as follows:
- 23% of crashes were due to the truck driver traveling too fast for conditions
- 22% of truck drivers were unfamiliar with the roadway and made errors in judgment
- 17% of truck accidents were caused by the truck driver using over-the-counter drugs
- 14% of truck drivers failed to survey their surroundings to avoid a collision
- 13% of crashes were caused by driver fatigue
- 10% of truck drivers acted recklessly due to pressure felt from the carrier
- Truck drivers’ illegal maneuvers accounted for 9% of crashes
- Another 19% of truck drivers were distracted or inattentive
- 3% of drivers were under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Lack of maintenance, like tires and brakes, account for 35% of accidents
- The cargo shifting caused 4% of crashes
- 5% of collisions were caused by the truck jackknifing
Garbage truck drivers have a duty to maintain their vehicles, drive responsibly, and stay sober on the road. When a garbage truck accident is caused by driver negligence, the dedicated attorneys of Fried Goldberg, LLC are here to stand up for your rights.
How Do Trash Trucks Cause Accidents?
Trash trucks are a necessary part of any community, though for as much as they benefit our communities, waste vehicles can also be responsible for harm and devastation.
From states like Colorado, Florida and Washington, each year sees its fair share of wrecks involving waste removal vehicles. A range of accidents have occurred, including a head-on collision and one in which a truck driver lost control of his vehicle. These large trucks appear to be just as prone – if not more – to crashes than other vehicles.
A major challenge with waste removal trucks is that not all are equipped with backup cameras, making it difficult for drivers to see what is behind them when backing up, which is very often. This fact is particularly troubling concerning trash trucks in residential neighborhoods, which pass through streets where small children play. Already hard to see even from cars, small children are completely invisible to garbage truck drivers without a backup camera.
Aside from lacking rear cameras, large waste removal trucks also have significant blind spots, obstructing views from the front and sides of the vehicle. Unlike other commercial vehicles and large trucks, many garbage trucks are equipped with front or side loading arms that add an extra few feet around the vehicle and obstruct the driver’s view directly in front of the truck. A dump truck driver usually can’t see:
- Directly in front of the cab
- To the right of the cab
- Behind the driver’s window
- The tailgate
Trash trucks are also challenged with keeping a center of balance. These vehicles are top heavy, making them prone to rolling over. Depending on which type of cargo the truck is hauling, the vehicle has the potential of being flammable and/or hazardous, making for a disastrous combination.
Lastly, poor weather conditions can be dangerous for all kinds of vehicles, but because of their size, garbage trucks have an even more difficult time slowing down and braking. Their heavy weight does not allow them to maneuver quickly in an emergency.
What Injuries Do Garbage Truck Accidents Cause?
Our garbage truck accident lawyers know that any collision involving a large truck can cause significant damage. Some of the most common injuries garbage truck accident victims sustain are:
- Severe neck and back injuries
- Head injuries or traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limb and amputations
- Spinal cord damage that can lead to paralysis and paraplegia
- Severe lacerations and burns
- Broken, dislocated, and fractured bones
- Serious internal bleeding or organ damage
In some cases, injuries are too severe for victims to recover. If you have lost a loved one in a garbage truck accident, we can help.
We will represent your loved one with dignity and sensitivity while pursuing justice on their behalf.
Do You Need a Garbage Truck Accident Attorney for a Fatal Crash?
Any kind of vehicle accident can be fatal, but a garbage truck crash is even more likely to be lethal. The sheer size and weight of large trucks, coupled with heavy, hazardous loads, can have tragic consequences.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal garbage truck accident, our compassionate attorneys are here for you and your family. We understand the grief and anguish of losing a loved one unexpectedly.
No amount of money can ease the pain of their loss. However, filing a wrongful death claim can provide the closure and answers you need to move on. Our wrongful death attorneys are here to help you and your family during this difficult time.
We will represent your loved one with dignity and sensitivity while pursuing justice on their behalf. By filing a fatal garbage truck accident claim, you may prevent future wrongdoings and help ease any financial burden placed on your family. Call today.
What to Do After an Accident With a Garbage Truck
After your health has been assessed, the next question you may want to consider is whether or not you should hire an attorney who has experience with accidents involving dump trucks. What you do directly following such an accident could greatly impact your claim if you choose to file one. Consider the following tips for what to do after an accident with a garbage truck:
If you’ve suffered physically from an accident with a dump truck, it’s highly advised that you see a doctor – even if you feel fine. You may have sustained injuries that are not immediately detectable, and if you are unaware of them, they could worsen. This could hurt your case, so please see a doctor as soon as you can and save all documentation – you may need it later.
Photographs are key, so if you were unable to take any when the accident occurred, try returning to the scene if possible. Take photos of the street, area, your vehicle or bike, and any injuries you suffered as a result. Try to capture all vehicles involved in the wreck.
If you haven’t done so already, call the police and file a report. Obtain a copy of the report, which will be necessary when arguing your case. Not only is the official police report vital, but you should also keep a record of any expenses related to the accident (i.e. doctor’s visits, medical treatments, missed wages, car repairs, etc.).
Lastly, it’s highly recommended that you contact a trucking accident attorney.
What Damages Can My Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer Recover for My Case?
Personal injury claims are unique in the field of law. While criminal charges seek justice by punishing the offenders, civil claims revolve around making the injured person “whole” or returning them closer to their status before the accident.
The “made whole doctrine” places a monetary value on injuries ranging from bodily harm to property damage. Commonly referred to as “damages,” your garbage truck accident lawyers can evaluation your collision for the following:
Medical expenses can include treatment immediately following the collision and any future treatment for serious injuries. They often include:
- Surgery or multiple surgeries
- Home health care
- The hospital stay
- Physical and occupational therapy
Catastrophic injuries may require home and vehicle modifications, ongoing medical treatments associated with a disability, and more. Our attorneys have exceptional experience in complex medical cases. We can place a value on your future medical needs and secure the compensation you need.
It is not uncommon for garbage truck accident victims to lose a large amount of income while recovering from their injuries. You may be entitled to recover loss of earnings while you are unable to work.
In some cases, serious injuries can cause permanent disability. Our garbage truck accident attorneys can help if you cannot continue your employment or will be forced into a different career path apart from your education and experience.
Loss of future earning capacity damages can be estimated to offset the undue economic burden.
Garbage trucks can do an immense amount of damage. If your vehicle, home, jewelry, or other items were lost due to the collision, you are entitled to reimbursement for repairs or the fair market value of the items.
Pain and suffering:
Pain and suffering damages can be challenging to place a monetary value on. When harm is intangible, insurance agents, judges, and jurors may not fully understand the pain and how it has affected you.
At Fried Goldberg, LLC, our attorneys know the key to success is to present your suffering in such a way that a reasonably healthy person can empathize and comprehend.
Loss of enjoyment of life:
Loss of enjoyment of life is another intangible damage. If your injuries keep you from taking pleasure in aspects of your day-to-day life, you may be able to recover the loss.
Serious injuries can traumatize survivors. When a garbage truck collision leaves a psychological impact, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Clinical depression
- Anxiety and fear
- Sleep loss
Loss of consortium:
Loss of consortium refers to the effects a serious accident can have on the relationship with the injured party’s spouse. If you have suffered catastrophic injuries and are no longer able to continue a physical relationship with your partner, you may be entitled to damages.
Your injuries may also qualify if they are severe enough you can no longer maintain a supportive or emotional parental relationship. For example, traumatic brain injuries can leave a mother with permanent damage and prevent her from forming new memories with her child.
Punitive damages are very unique damages. They are awarded as punishment for a negligent party and are not calculated by sustained property, emotional, or bodily injuries.
When a person or business is grossly negligent, punitive damages serve to prevent others from acting in a similar way.
Why You Need Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers You Can Trust
Many attorneys handle car accidents, but few have real experience litigating large trucking accidents – particularly those involving commercial vehicles such as garbage trucks. When you think about giving your case to an attorney, be sure to verify their experience with handling cases like yours.
At Fried Goldberg, we are The Truck Accident Attorneys. While we are located in Georgia, we have successfully fought and won cases all over the country and represent the injured nationwide. In fact, more than 95% of our firm practice is dedicated solely to handling large trucking accidents. We have your and your family’s best interest at heart, and we are qualified and prepared to fight for it.
Have questions? We want to help answer them. For a free, private consultation, set up an appointment with us today by calling 877-357-3090. We are glad to help you decide the best course of action and your consultation is without obligation.
Garbage Truck Accident FAQs
Who can be held liable for a garbage truck accident?
Liability can be complex in garbage truck collisions. There may be more than one party responsible, including:
- The driver of the truck
- The company that owns the truck, if applicable
- The city or town, if applicable
Our garbage truck accident attorneys can determine all responsible parties and help you navigate the specific requirements to file a claim.
Where do most garbage truck accidents occur?
Accidents with garbage trucks are more likely to happen on neighborhood streets. While driver error is the number one cause of garbage truck accidents, unmaintained city streets are also a problem. Garbage truck collisions on city and rural streets can be attributed to:
- Roadway design error
- Uneven shoulder
- Lack of pedestrian walkways
- Broken traffic lights
- Construction zones
How long will a garbage truck accident lawsuit take?
Every garbage truck accident is different with a unique set of circumstances. The seriousness of the accident and who is at fault for the collision play major roles in the length of a personal injury claim.
It is important that you speak to one of our garbage truck accident lawyers today to determine the critical factors in your case.
How can a lawyer help if I was hit by a garbage truck?
Obtaining a fair settlement for your injuries after a negligent garbage truck accident can be complicated. Garbage truck companies can employ evasive maneuvers by delaying your claim or even such unsavory tactics as to refuse service.
If you have a claim against the city, it is not uncommon for garbage truck accident victims to feel pressured to settle for a settlement lower than they deserve.
Read what people are saying about our services and results:
“We feel super grateful that Briant Mildenhall and Joe Fried took on our case at all. We know how many people want them on your side. We benefited from not only their amazing reputation and thorough knowledge of trucking law, but from their kindness, patience, hard work, and expertise in all things law. It was wonderful having someone we could actually trust working for us!”
– Angela H.
“I would like to thank my Attorney, Parker Green, for his outstanding service in the handling of my case. Parker made me feel like a person and not just a case file. I was distraught but Parker’s warm personality and kind empathetic demeanor made all the difference for me. Parker listened to me and talked to me and not at me which was so very important.”
– Kim J.
“I was recently represented by Fried Goldberg. Parker Green was my lawyer, and he was always available whenever I had questions. He was so sympathetic and understanding about my situation. He did absolutely everything in his power and more to help me with my case and represent me. He is a great person and an even better attorney. I highly recommend him. If you are ever in need of a trucking accident attorney, Parker Green is your guy!”
– Armida P.
The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 75% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
Get a Free Case Evaluation
In This Article
The Truck Accident Attorneys
The Truck Accident Attorneys at Fried Goldberg LLC devote at least 95% of their caseload to representing the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our extensive experience with the laws governing the trucking industry is the reason we are routinely successful at taking on trucking companies when someone is seriously injured.
Table of Contents
Get a Free Case Evaluation
Use the form to send your message to a lawyer at our firm. One of our experienced attorneys is prepared to speak with you. Consultations are free and confidential.
Get a Free Case Evaluation
"*" indicates required fields
Our experienced attorneys have represented individuals who have been seriously injured. We are proud of the outstanding reputation we have within our industry and our track record of success, which sets us apart. In particular, we have recovered nearly $1 billion for our clients throughout the country.