Frequently seen on residential streets and construction sites, dump and garbage trucks are unfortunately involved all too often in serious crashes.
If you were injured in a serious accident with a dump or garbage truck, you need reliable counsel to identify the type of vehicle that caused your accident and the negligent parties involved. When you trust your case to the truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin, you can rest assured in our proven track record and the dedication required to win your compensation.
There are five major types, classified by purpose and collection method:
In commercial truck accident cases, the negligent driver is not always the only party responsible for the accident. Their employer, manufacturers of the vehicle or vehicle parts, and other third parties may also be held liable for damages. That is why you need a seasoned truck accident lawyer to help you determine who should be held responsible. Our team investigates these cases to find the specific causes behind your accident, poring over every document and consulting experts to get you answers. And that's just the first step.
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Frequently, dump truck accidents involve construction workers. In fact, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in a 15-year period, more than 800 construction workers were killed in incidents involving dump trucks. Breaking down the data further, 343 of those fatalities were workers who were outside of the vehicles.
Some of the ways dump truck operators and workers can reduce these accidents include:
Unfortunately, these safety recommendations are not always followed—and the results can be catastrophic. Injured workers or individuals can often suffer serious medical obstacles long after the accident took place.
Licensing requirements differ from state to state, but those who drive dump and garbage trucks are required to be specially trained to do so. Most states require some degree of a commercial driver's license (CDL). In cooperation with the Department of Transportation (DOT), a potential driver must pass an examination and may have to pass a drug test, as well.
The DOT requires that drivers wishing to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License must comply with these regulations:
If a driver does not have the proper licensing and causes an accident, they and their employer may be held liable for any damages.
Not every driver can legally operate a commercial vehicle, such as a dump or garbage truck. We provide further insight into the requirements for obtaining a commercial driver’s license.Learn More
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has detailed information on how to decrease the amount of injuries caused by dump and garbage trucks. Up high on the list of accidents reported against the industry are "struck by" accidents, which involve pedestrians being struck by a moving garbage or dump truck.
According to statistics, nearly 30% of these types of accidents are due to:
In order to help prevent these tragic accidents, garbage and dump trucks all come equipped with side mirrors and loud “beepers” that are intended to notify people when they are backing up. However, passenger vehicle drivers can often speed up or illegally try to pass dump trucks, often causing accidents due to lack of visibility beyond the truck. Even with the beepers and other safety features in place, garbage and dump trucks can still hit pedestrians, causing severe injuries.
At Arnold & Itkin, it is our goal to represent victims of negligence. We know how devastating and frustrating commercial truck accidents can be, which is why we fight for injured individuals and pursue fair compensations. In fact, we have been successful in recovering billions of dollars on behalf of injury victims, demonstrating our legal expertise and skill in this area. No matter the cause of your garbage or dump truck accident, reach out to our experienced firm today to set up a consultation.
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