Attorney Stephen G. Charpentier believes that crashes involving all large vehicles must be taken seriously. It’s a matter of physics. An average garbage truck can weigh up to 50,000 pounds. An object of that size colliding with a commuter vehicle can cause serious vehicle damage and physical trauma, even at relatively low speeds.
Serving the greater Melbourne, FL area, the Charpentier Law Firm is here to help you. Right now, our legal team would like to consider large truck accidents involving garbage and waste disposal vehicles. There are numerous reasons why these vehicles can pose hazards to everyone on the road.
Long Stopping Times and Distances
Longer stopping times and distances are both major dangers related to the size of garbage trucks. Given the mass of these vehicles, they require more time to come to a complete stop. Issues with the brakes on these vehicles could make rear end collisions and intersection crashes more likely. This is also a problem when roads are wet or traction is poor or when a garbage truck makes a stop on a hill.
Major Blindspots on Garbage Trucks
On the note of vehicle size, garbage trucks also have major blind spots. Drivers of garbage trucks will not be able to see vehicles on the sides or behind the truck, which can lead to serious hazards for the unseen motorists. Even an attentive garbage truck driver may not be able to spot cars in these blind spots.
Debris Falling Onto the Road
While rare, it is possible for trash and other debris carried by a garbage truck to fall out and wind up as debris on the road. This can result in a number of hazards to other motorists. Some drivers may collide with this debris, causing vehicle damage and other hazards. Other drivers may attempt to swerve to avoid the trash, which could lead to collisions with drivers in adjacent lanes.
Hazards to Bicyclists and Pedestrians
The dangers experienced by motorists are heightened when it comes to bicyclists and pedestrians. It can be much harder for garbage truck drivers to spot pedestrians and bicyclists, which is a major danger at intersections. The injuries in these kinds of crashes can be more severe given the vulnerability of pedestrians and people on bikes.
Property Damage Collisions with Parked Cars
In addition to all of the other dangers posed by garbage trucks, there may be collisions when no motorists are present. There have been instances in which garbage trucks have struck parked cars on the street, or when trash from garbage trucks has caused damage to parked vehicles. Even though no one has been injured, the person or persons operating the garbage truck may be responsible for property damage that has occurred.
Holding Negligent Garbage Truck Drivers Accountable
Our law firm can help if you have been injured or your vehicle has been damaged by a garbage truck. We will make sure that garbage truck drivers are held accountable for reckless actions that resulted in crashes, and help you seek damages to cover vehicle repairs, medical expenses, and other losses associated with the incident.
Learn More About Truck Accident Lawsuits
For more information about your legal rights and options involving garbage trucks and waste disposal vehicles, be sure to contact an experienced injury accident lawyer. The team at Charpentier Law Firm is here to help. You can reach us by phone at (866) 615-7868.