Why Do Garbage Truck Accidents Occur in Maryland?

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Truck accidents, including garbage truck accidents, are one of the most devastating types of auto accidents. They, unfortunately, occur far too often on the Maryland roads. If you are sustaining serious injuries and damages from a recent garbage truck accident, you must take immediate action to fight for the financial compensation that you rightfully deserve. However, these lawsuits tend to be more difficult than that of other auto accidents. Read on to learn how a seasoned St. Mary’s County truck accident lawyer at The Dorsey Law Firm can assist you in making this possible.

What are the frequent causes of garbage truck accidents in the state of Maryland?

As insinuated above, garbage truck accidents can be much more dangerous than any other type of auto accident. This is because of these trucks’ size, dangerous contents, and machinery involved. Of note, this is regardless of these trucks not being capable of reaching relatively higher speeds. That said, the most frequent causes of garbage truck accidents that are seen in the state of Maryland read as follows:

  • Garbage truck driver/operator negligence:
    • Failing to check multiple blind spots.
    • Failure to follow traffic rules or signals (i.e., failing to yield the right-of-way).
    • Failure to break on time and causing a rear-end collision.
    • Driving while distracted (i.e., texting while driving).
    • Driving while drowsy or fatigued.
    • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Dumping waste that hits another vehicle or pedestrian (i.e., hazardous waste, falling objects).
    • Driving in the wrong lane.
  • Garbage truck company negligence:
    • Practicing poor vehicle maintenance.
    • Sending drivers on the road without training.
  • Garbage truck manufacturer negligence:
    • Defective parts in the vehicle that cause malfunctions.

Who is the at-fault party for my garbage truck accident?

Like any other accident, the at-fault party for your injuries and damages depends on the circumstances of your accident. The following are some of the potentially at-fault parties:

  • The garbage truck driver or operator.
  • The garbage truck company or owner (i.e., a private trucking company or a government entity).
  • The waste removal company or employer.
  • The vehicle maintenance company or employer.
  • The manufacturer of the defective parts.
  • Other drivers or pedestrians involved in your accident.

To identify the at-fault party for your accident, talk with a competent St. Mary’s County auto accident lawyer today.

What types of damages can I recover for my garbage truck accident?

Again, depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to recover any of the following types of damages:

  • Economic damages:
    • Current and future medical bills.
    • Current and future lost wages.
    • Funeral and burial bills.
    • Property damage bills.
  • Non-economic damages:
    • Disfigurement.
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Emotional trauma.
    • Mental anguish.
    • Decreased quality of life.

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