Garbage Truck Accidents in Washington, DC
Unlike other large commercial trucks, which mainly travel on highways and
open roads, garbage trucks operate in residential areas. The smaller streets
and high population density of these areas make
garbage truck accidents especially dangerous. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and children at play can
be easily injured or even killed by a garbage truck that makes an unsafe maneuver.
In fact, a study performed by the pedestrian advocacy group Right of Way
revealed that more bicyclists and pedestrians are killed by garbage trucks
than by any other type of vehicle on the road.
Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Garbage trucks may move slowly, but their size, limited maneuverability,
and lack of visibility can create problems for drivers.
Garbage truck accidents are caused by a number of different factors, including:
- Falling objects
- Driving in the wrong lane for ease of trash pick-up
- Faulty back-up alarms
- Backing up before looking
- Fatigued drivers
- Frequent starts and stops
- Inadequate maintenance
The employees that work in the back of the garbage truck can also be injured
by the factors listed above. Brain injury, broken bones, spinal cord injury,
and even wrongful death are all potential consequences of garbage truck
Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or one of your loved ones has been injured in a garbage truck accident
that was caused by a negligent driver or maintenance company, you may
be entitled to compensation. Our Maryland truck accident lawyers at Chaikin,
Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can help you pursue the parties
who are responsible for your injuries. We are dedicated to giving every
case the personal attention and high-quality representation that it deserves.
Contact us today to
schedule a free truck accident consultation. We represent garbage truck accident victims throughout Washington DC.