Garbage Truck Accidents

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates garbage truck workers as one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Garbage trucks (also known as waste collection vehicles, trash trucks, or refuse collection vehicles) are large commercial trucks capable of creating catastrophic devastation if they are involved in an accident with a motorist or pedestrian. 

Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents 

Accidents involving garbage trucks can happen for numerous reasons, including the following: 

Falling Trash

Many garbage trucks will have motorized parts that should keep trash from falling outside of the truck. However, in many cases, garbage trucks still have waste and trash fall from their waste container, causing serious injuries or damages to truck workers, pedestrians, and other motorists. 

Distracted Driving 

Just like all other drivers on the roadways, garbage truck drivers may become distracted. Any loss of focus by a garbage truck driver can result in severe injuries to others on the roads.  


Often, garbage truck drivers are racing to finish their jobs, which leads to speeding, inattention, or failure to follow the rules of the road. In other cases, garbage truck drivers are found to be driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Any negligence by a garbage truck driver can lead to catastrophic injuries or death. 

Garbage Truck Safety 

Any failure to following established federal and state regulations can lead to a severe garbage truck accident. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, garbage truck workers and drivers have specific responsibilities and guidelines they must follow or face harsh penalties. If the failure to comply with any of these federal guidelines resulted in your garbage truck accident, you have the right to receive compensation for your injuries. 

Short Window of Time To Sue 

If you suffered any injuries or losses due to an accident with a garbage truck, you only have a short window of time (called a “statute of limitations”) under which you may file a lawsuit. Every state has a different deadline by which a victim may file a lawsuit. 

It would help if you immediately speak with an experienced attorney regarding your garbage truck accident case. The sooner that you contact our attorneys, the sooner we can get to work. A great deal of critical evidence can be lost or destroyed if it is not obtained immediately following the accident. Contact us as soon as possible to determine how long you have to file your claim to receive the compensation you deserve. 

Let Us Help You Today with Your Garbage Truck Accident Case

Garbage truck accidents often result in serious injuries resulting in substantial medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Garbage truck companies have teams of people working hard on their side to avoid paying a fair settlement to victims of their negligence. Contact our compassionate and experienced truck accident attorneys immediately so that we can ensure the preservation of evidence needed to build a strong case on your behalf. 

We are ready to fight for your legal rights to receive compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our compassionate and experienced legal team at Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers in Florida at (850) 706-4533 or in Alabama at (251) 225-8676 or online today for your free consultation. 

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