When you think of truck accidents, collisions with garbage trucks might not immediately come to mind. However, for some unfortunate drivers, this type of accident is a reality. Sometimes a garbage truck hits a bicyclist or pedestrian, causing serious injuries or even death. The same can occur when a garbage truck collides with another vehicle.
If you have been a victim of a garbage truck collision, you need to know what your next step should be in order to protect yourself. First, you should learn about some frequent causes of garbage truck accidents, and then you can get an idea of how to proceed with your case with the help of one of our experienced truck accident attorneys at Banville Law.
Most of the causes of garbage truck accidents are the fault of the driver. For example, some drivers operate their truck while fatigued, impaired, or talking or texting on the phone. Even the drivers who pay attention to the road might not necessarily obey the traffic laws, which means they switch lanes without signaling, tailgate other cars, ignore traffic signs, and just drive recklessly in general.
Some garbage truck accidents are related to a lack of upkeep on the truck. For example, the alarms that are supposed to sound when they back up might be broken, allowing them to back into other vehicles. They might also have improperly secured loads, bald tires, or faulty brakes, any of which can cause an accident. Regardless of the issue with the garbage truck, any resulting accidents are typically considered the fault of the driver or his or her employer.
What you do right after a garbage truck collides with your vehicle can have long-term effects, so make sure you follow these steps.
Don't forget to obtain a copy of the police report regarding the accident as soon as it is available. You may need this as additional evidence for your case.
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