Even though garbage truck drivers operate in the early hours of the day, they still share the Florida residential roads alongside other drivers and pedestrians. Because of this, accidents are still possible. If you are suffering serious injuries or damages due to your involvement in a garbage truck accident, continue reading to discover how an experienced Tampa truck accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you navigate your legal options.
What are the frequent causes of garbage truck accidents in the state of Florida?
The cause of most garbage truck accidents in the state of Florida is the truck’s multiple blind spots that hinder a driver’s view. What’s worse is that, due to their size, dangerous contents, and machinery involved, garbage truck accidents can be much more dangerous than that of a typical motor vehicle. This is regardless of these trucks not being capable of high speeds. In addition, other common causes of garbage truck accidents read as follows:
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving.
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued.
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- The operator dumps waste that hits another vehicle or pedestrian.
- The operator dumps falling objects that hit another vehicle or pedestrian.
- The operator spills hazardous waste.
- Driving in the wrong lane.
- Failure to follow traffic rules or signals, such as failing to yield the right-of-way.
- Failure to break on time and causing a rear-end collision.
- The driver or employer keeps inadequate vehicle maintenance.
- The driver has a lack of training.
- The manufacturer produces defective parts in the vehicle.
Who is responsible for my garbage truck accident?
The responsible party for your injuries and damages all depends on the circumstances of your accident. That said, you may be able to file a claim against any of the following parties:
- The garbage truck driver or operator.
- The garbage truck company or owner that is a private trucking company or a government entity.
- The waste removal company or employer.
- The vehicle maintenance company or employer.
- The manufacturer of the defective parts.
- Other drivers or pedestrians involved in your accident.
To determine the responsible party for your accident, consult with a skilled Tampa auto accident lawyer today.
What compensation can I receive for my garbage truck accident?
With your garbage truck accident claim, you may be eligible to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Again, this all depends on the circumstances of your accident.
Economic damages may include your current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, funeral and burial expenses, and/or property damage. And then, non-economic damages may include disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, mental anguish, and/or decreased quality of life.
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Merricks Law Group handles a wide array of injury claims, including injuries sustained in auto accidents, slip and falls, and more. Contact Merricks Law Group today.