Q I was recently struck by a garbage truck in New Jersey. Could the waste management company be responsible for my injury costs?
Of course. Just like any other company-owned vehicle, the driver is insured by the business that operates the truck. You may have a case against the company even if you were equally at fault for the crash, since you are more likely to be seriously injured due to the increased weight and size of the garbage truck.
Garbage truck accidents may cause damage to smaller cars for many different reasons, including:
- Lack of proper driver training courses
- Speeding through residential areas
- Problems cornering or turning vehicles around
- Visibility problems when backing up
- Failure to adjust speed between city and highway driving
- Overfilling or improperly loading garbage, causing trash and debris to fall onto the road
- Driving in the opposite lane of traffic, picking up trash on the opposite side of the road
- Failure to perform regular vehicle maintenance
- Faulty or disabled back-up signals
- Missing or broken safety components, such as turn signals and mirrors
- Improper signaling
- Fatigued or overworked drivers
It’s important that car accident victims do not accept any settlement after a garbage truck accident without speaking to an attorney. Trucking companies will try to protect their own interests if they know they are at fault, and any amount you are offered is likely to be far less than you could receive in a settlement.
If someone you love was struck by a garbage truck in New Jersey, Morristown car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get fair compensation for your medical costs. Call (877) 360-0183 today or click the link on this page to discuss your legal options in your FREE, one-on-one consultation.