Garbage Truck Accidents

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Los Angeles Garbage Truck Accident Attorneys

Waste Management Truck Accident Claims

Few people, aside from those who have been affected and some select personal injury attorneys, know that garbage trucks are involved in a significant number of accidents with cars and with pedestrians. Unfortunately, garbage truck accidents are often quite serious and even deadly. Like any large truck, a car is no match when there is a collision.

Our Los Angeles garbage truck accident lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP have handled several garbage truck accident cases, in addition to hundreds of complex truck accident cases. By advocating on behalf of victims, we’ve won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for injured people and families who have lost a loved one. Because of that past experience, we understand the unique issues at work in these types of accidents and have the skill to get fair and full compensation for families.

If your loved one was injured or killed in a collision or back-up accident with a garbage truck, please contact the El Segundo law office of Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP at (866) 634-4525 today for a free consultation.

Common Waste Management Truck Crashes

Blue recycling trucks, green compost trucks, and black garbage trucks are all large, unwieldy vehicles that are difficult to maneuver and have many blind spots. Because of this fact, garbage truck drivers need to use particularly good judgment and care when driving such huge vehicles. As with anycar accident, drivers who speed, use poor judgment, or fail to observe applicable traffic safety regulations may be held liable in the event of a crash.

Some of the most common causes of garbage and waste management truck accidents:

  • Drivers failing to see other motorists and pedestrians in blind spots
  • Lack of training to drive garbage, composting, or recycling trucks
  • Debris falling off the back of a waste management vehicle
  • Defective and malfunctioning truck parts
  • Garbage truck driver fatigue
  • Excessive speeding by the garbage truck driver
  • Alcohol abuse and driving under the influence (DUI)

Who Is Liable for a Garbage Truck Accident?

Since waste management vehicles like garbage trucks are often owned by a local municipality or government agency, it isn’t always possible to hold the individual driver accountable for damages after a garbage truck accident. However, this doesn’t apply if the garbage truck is privately owned – and in some cases, you may still be able to sue a public employer through a government lawsuit. This is why it’s so important to speak with a qualified attorney who can explore every aspect of your case. From defective truck parts to negligent hiring, there are many possible legal options for a waste management truck crash.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we have experience helping families in these tragic cases. In one instance, we represented the family of a woman who was killed when her car was hit by a speeding garbage truck. Our Los Angeles firm also secured a $2 million settlement for the family of an eight-year-old girl who was killed when a garbage truck backed over her. With compassion, skill, and care, we will devote our resources to helping you seek compensation after a similar injury or wrongful death.

To speak to a trash truck injury attorney, contact our attorneys at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online today. 



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