Greenville Garbage Truck Accidents Lawyers

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It is safe to assume that the aftermath of semi-trucks, eighteen wheelers, and other similar vehicles involve debilitating injuries and fatalities. A vehicle less considered, but nonetheless just as dangerous as the rest, are sanitation vehicles.

When this happens, victims look toward reliable and experienced truck accident attorneys to help them get the compensation they need to help treat their injuries. Hammack Law Firm is just what these victims—and you, if you’ve been involved in a garbage truck accident—need.

If you or someone you love suffered injury or death due to a truck accident, seek out the legal services of Hammack Law Firm to represent your truck accident claim. Call (864) 326-3333 to set up you free legal consultation with a truck accident attorney in Greenville today.

The Dangers of Garbage Trucks

On a daily basis, garbage trucks travel the city and suburban streets to collect trash, recyclables, and other refuse. Given how sizeable these trucks are, their blind spots, and how narrow the paths they travel through, the chances of an accident increase, making it a difficult situation for all involved.

Now consider the size difference in a passenger vehicle and a sanitation truck. Although these trucks may be traveling at lower speeds, their gargantuan size can cause much damage. Even the smallest of garbage trucks can weigh up to 20 tons.

Because of the sheer weight and power behind a garbage truck, passenger cars are extremely vulnerable to their impact, but that isn’t the only danger that they pose. Garbage trucks carry with them a variety of throwaways, and debris can also fly off and harm an occupant of a passenger car. These accidents do happen, and sometimes negligence plays a role.

Depending on what type of accident occurs and the circumstances of the situation, various parties may be to blame for the injuries and harm inflicted by a garbage truck. The experienced Greenville garbage truck accident attorneys of Hammack Law Firm can help determine who is responsible for your accident and help to hold them liable so that you may recover deserved damages from this incident.

Call (864) 326-3333 today to get started on recovering from your injuries and pain from this life-changing accident.

Waste collection vehicles drive throughout town, picking up waste and hauling it off to landfills and/or recycling centers to keep our city clean. In the event that a garbage truck collides with another vehicle or pedestrian, the impact can cause a lot of damage.

The following are common causes of garbage truck accidents:

  • Falling debris – Garbage trucks are designed to properly contain and secure the trash that is collected. However, in the event that heavy debris escapes the loader, it can obstruct the path of a vehicle traveling behind the garbage truck causing it to swerve. This flying debris can also strike a nearby pedestrian or cyclist.
  • Inattentive drivers – This is the most common cause of garbage truck accidents that occur when the driver is in reverse.
  • Negligent driving – Special precautions must be taken when operating the hefty vehicle; however, some employees may fail to act in line with their “duty of care”. Operation of a sanitation truck in a negligent manner such as speeding, driving the wrong way in a one-way, or failing to obey street signs can cost an individual their life as well.
  • Equipment failure – The sanitation trucks do require special training to operate the equipment. However, if the brakes, steering wheel, or some other component fails, the extent to which the driver has control over the situation may be limited. In these cases, liability may fall on a party other than the driver.
  • Depending on the circumstances of the garbage truck accident you are involved in, the party that is liable for your injuries may vary. The U.S. Department of Labor lists operating a garbage truck as a dangerous job given the types of accidents that happen.

    The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) recommends the following procedures to maintain a safe environment:

    1. Garbage truck operators should wear reflective and protective gear while working their shifts.
      A worker must assist the side of the garbage truck when the compactor is on.
    2. The garbage truck equipment must be shut off when operations are not occurring so that no employee is in danger of injury.
    3. Trucks may only operate once the workers have made a path clear from pedestrians.
    4. Garbage truck operators must adhere to the duty of care when using the heavy equipment to ensure the safety of all pedestrians and workers.

    Failure to maintain safety procedures or the malfunction of the heavy machinery itself can also endanger the lives of workers. These trucks have the potential to be very dangerous so extra caution and vigilance must be utilized to maintain the duty of care.

Steps To Take After Garbage Truck Accident

If you are involved in an accident with a garbage truck, the following that is listed are some actions you should consider taking to best recover from the situation:

  1. Seek medical attention – No matter what injuries you think you may or may not have suffered in the accident, seek proper care. In some cases, victims can be stunned by the event and not detect much pain. Get your injuries assessed, as these records will later serve as evidence for your claim.
  2. Gather contact info of all parties involved – This includes the driver of the sanitation truck and other eye witnesses that may have been present at the scene of the accident. You should also get the name of the police officer, if any assisted at the scene.
  3. Obtain evidence from the scene – If you are in a well enough condition, you may gather evidence from the scene. For example, take a picture of the scene of the crash, or ask the police where you may obtain a copy of the police report. Evidence of negligence can be determined from these sources to hold others liable.
  4. Collect Documentation of Losses – Keep a file of medical records from the garbage truck accident treatment, receipts from damage repairs, and pay stubs that show a loss in wages after an inability to attend work due to your injuries. These can be assessed as losses when compensation is being determined.
  5. Report the incident to your insurance company – You may contact your insurance company about the incident to seek advice, but contact your lawyer prior to making any conversation with the insurance company of the other party.
  6. Seek guidance from a Greenville attorney – Finally, the best way to find guidance in this difficult situation is to seek a consultation from the accident attorneys at Hammack Law Firm. If you are dealing with physical pain, mental distress, and financial burdens associated with medical treatment and property repairs, our lawyer will assist you every step of the way.

In the event that a sanitation worker demonstrated negligence in their operation of a city vehicle, you can recover damages for the losses you faced in an accident. Incidents involving garbage trucks can be fatal and proper action should be taken to seek justice.

Call (864) 326-3333 now to speak with our helpful Greenville garbage truck accident attorney.

How Hammack Law Firm Can Determines Liability

Victims—regardless if they are pedestrians, bicyclists, or drivers—that have been struck by a garbage truck or its debris may be suffering physical injuries, damages, and even wrongful death.

Since accidents can be the result of many variables, an experienced truck accident attorney can determine what party is liable through the evidence presented. The following parties’ negligence may have caused your garbage truck accident:

  • The truck driver who acted negligently in procedures, road safety, and awareness of others.
  • The truck driver’s employer who failed to adequately train the driver, breached safety procedures for the sake of time, or did not maintain proper inspection of the vehicle.
  • The truck company who did not keep the truck up to regulation standards or adequately service the trucks.

The U.S. Department of Labor ranks garbage truck operators as one of the most dangerous jobs because of the extent of fatal accidents that occur. It can be hard to decipher what caused the accident, whether it be errors in operation of mechanical malfunction. Our skillful attorneys know how to determine the cause and determine who is at fault through diligent investigation of the crash.

Hammack Law Firm is Your Truck Accident Law Firm

When you seek the attorneys of Hammack Law Firm, you can rely on the following services to secure your compensation:

  1. Years of Experience in Vehicle Accident Litigation – Our team is well-versed in different types of vehicle accidents and knows all the laws and regulations pertaining to your circumstance. Let us serve you in what we know best.
  2. Special Attention to Your Unique Case – We want to help alleviate the stress of the event by hearing your story and figuring out a way to help you move on with your life. Your well-being is out top priority.
  3. Diligent Investigation of the Accident – As soon as you call, we will begin our work. If you call upon the accident, we will send investigators out to discover elements which can assign liability. Evidence is an essential component of a successful case.
  4. Skillful Negotiation to Secure a Maximum Settlement – South Carolina does abide by comparative negligence. We want to recover the most amount of available damages for you. Let us deal with the other party and their insurance company.
  5. Strong Defense in the Event of Trial – Our attorneys have plenty of experience in front of a court. We will defend your case to get you the compensation you deserve.
  6. Best Customer Service in Greenville Legal Services – Compassion and understanding are what sets us apart. We work hard to make sure our clients are satisfied and see the future after experiencing a tragic accident.

We understand how hard it must be dealing with the incident of injury or harm to you or a loved one involved in a garbage truck accident. Although we know no death or injury can be undone, we aim to assist you by offering our legal guidance and comfort.

Let Hammack Law Firm of Greenville, SC take care of your garbage truck lawsuit while you and your family recover.

You are not alone. Call (864) 326-3333 now to start your consultation with our dedicated team.

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