Garbage trucks provide a much-needed service in the community. Garbage trucks and the trash collectors who drive and work with them are responsible for collecting waste, recycling and so much more from people all over the state and country.
Without them, most people would have piles of trash with nowhere to put it. That said, sometimes this necessary service provider causes problems that should have been avoidable.
Garbage trucks are large and a bit cumbersome. They have moving parts, and there is a risk that they could run into someone’s property, hit a pedestrian or cause a serious crash.
Why do garbage trucks crash?
Garbage trucks crash for several reasons. The first is that some drivers are negligent. They may not pay attention. They might come to work when they’re intoxicated. The driver might be tired or ill. In any case, that negligence may lead to a serious collision.
Another common cause of crashes and injuries is the debris that the garbage truck carries. If debris falls out of the vehicle or is moved to the truck but falls as it is being picked up, then that debris may cause injuries to any people around the truck as well as vehicles that may be traveling behind it.
A third reason that these trucks may crash is related to how tough it can be to maneuver. These trucks are boxy and heavy. They need a lot of space to turn around or make turns. They have large blind spots, so the driver may not realize that they’re about to hit someone walking on the sidewalk or a car pulling out of a driveway.
What can you do if you’re involved in a crash with a garbage truck?
If you get into a crash with a garbage truck, remember that you have the right to make a claim against the driver or their company. Their behavior is what led to a collision, so it’s important that you understand your right to a claim. After you’re hit, don’t delay calling for help and seeking medical attention. Your health and wellness comes first.