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 accidents.
Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one 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 and are available 24/7.