Why Do Garbage Truck Accidents Occur?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that 1,400 people are injured and 100 are killed in garbage/refuse truck accidents each year. As garbage trucks typically operate on residential roads, these accidents disproportionately happen in neighborhoods. When proper safety precautions are not taken, garbage trucks pose a serious risk to the public. Some of the most common reasons why garbage trucks happen in Atlanta include:
- Frequent and abrupt stops by garbage trucks;
- Garbage truck operators failing to use turn signals;
- Reckless or careless conduct by garbage truck drivers;
- Driving on the wrong side to facilitate trash collection;
- Intoxicated driving;
- Defective reverse signals; and
- Poor vehicle maintenance.
Due to their frequent stops, poor maneuverability, and the often rushed manner in which they collect trash, garbage trucks also pose a heightened risk to pedestrians and bicyclists. If you or your loved one was injured in a pedestrian collision or bicycle collision, our Atlanta garbage truck accident lawyers can help.
Garbage Truck Accident Liability In Georgia
Garbage truck operators have a legal responsibility to carry out their duties in a reasonably safe manner. Under Georgia law, negligence is defined as the failure to exercise due care. It could be anything from a garbage truck driving backing up without looking to a trash collection company failing to properly train its employees.
Both private and public trash collectors can be held liable for accidents caused by their negligence. Though, there may be some unique challenges in pursuing a claim against a government entity. For example, you may have less time to bring a legal claim.
Every garbage truck accident requires a comprehensive investigation to determine exactly what happened. Our Atlanta, GA accident lawyers are proactive: We will conduct an immediate investigation of the collision, ensuring that all relevant evidence is secured.
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