Virginia garbage truck accident lawyers
We need garbage trucks and their drivers to haul away our trash, but garbage trucks can present a serious hazard to other motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians on the roads. Because of their sheer size and weight, garbage trucks can cause serious injuries or death when they are involved in a wreck.
In a recent year, 107 garbage/refuse trucks were involved in fatal crashes in the United States, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Garbage trucks accounted for 2.3 percent of all large trucks involved in fatal crashes. Several factors contribute to garbage truck accidents and the severity of the injuries they cause:
- Garbage trucks are large, bulky vehicles with large blind spots.
- They make frequent stops and turns to pick up refuse.
- Garbage trucks travel into narrow streets and neighborhoods where it is difficult to maneuver.
- Drivers of refuse trucks need to look out for other workers operating garbage pick-up mechanisms and may be distracted from watching the road ahead.
- The sheer size and weight of garbage trucks can lead to serious injuries in a collision with a passenger vehicle, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian.
Liability for garbage truck accident injuries will depend on who owns the garbage truck. Not all are owned or operated by the County. Some are owned and operated by private companies. If the garbage truck that hit you was owned by a private company, the driver and company may be liable for your injuries if the driver was negligent in some way. On the other hand, if the truck was owned by a government entity, you may not have a claim.
State government employees who commit ordinary negligence while performing their job duties have immunity under the Virginia Tort Claims Act. Ordinary negligence includes driver errors such as failing to signal or failing to yield while making a turn. Your claim may be limited to the amount of governmental insurance, currently set at $100,000 in Virginia. You are only allowed to file a personal injury claim against a garbage truck driver employed by a government entity for more than $100,000 if the driver caused the accident through gross negligence – a complete lack of care.
After a serious collision with a garbage truck, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced Virginia truck crash lawyer. Your best chance of recovering full compensation is to have an effective legal advocate in your corner. We can investigate your accident, collect and preserve evidence to support your case, help you file a claim, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for your rights in court if necessary.
Our partners, Ken Gibson and John Singleton, are both former members of the U.S. Marine Corps. They have served their country, and now they are ready to serve you. At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we know how to prepare a plan and execute it successfully.
It costs you nothing for our firm to represent you. We only get paid when we recover for you. If you have been seriously hurt in a garbage truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777 to schedule a free consultation. We can tell you if you have a case and what damages you may be able to claim.
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