When most of us hear about commercial truck accidents, these collisions involve tractor trailers, big rigs, and other large transport trucks. But other trucks can also cause crashes on the road. Waste trucks, for example, can easily be involved in accidents. In fact, there are several reasons why waste truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida can especially be a hazard:
- Small streets in South Florida make it harder to maneuver waste disposal trucks. Narrow residential streets may simply not leave enough room for U-turns or turns for a larger disposal truck. While commercial delivery trucks may have extra room at unloading bays, waste trucks need to maneuver small streets designed for passenger cars.
- High population density in Hollywood and the surrounding region can mean more pedestrians around these trucks. Waste trucks often have to share the road with pedestrians, joggers, bicyclists, and car drivers.
- Garbage trucks make frequent and sometimes unexpected stops. This can easily lead to rear-end crashes in Hollywood and other communities when other drivers are not cautious and alert.
- The dimensions and size of these trucks create extra blind spots. The large compactor at the end of the truck can create extra width, meaning disposal trucks may have even more blind spots than big rigs and tractor trailers.
- Operators need to hop on and off the trucks often. These workers can be at risk of pedestrian accidents if passenger car drivers are not cautious around waste trucks.
- Waste trucks are often on the roads early in the day and during high-traffic times. In the mornings, waste trucks may be picking up garbage at the same time as Hollywood children are heading off to school and drivers are trying to beat the morning commute. This can create impatience and accidents, especially if all road users are not careful.
These issues can be exacerbated if trucks are not properly maintained or if drivers are not correctly trained.
Seeking Compensation After a Waste Truck Accident
If you are injured in a crash involving a waste disposal truck, it can be difficult to get answers. There may be multiple parties involved – including the waste truck operators and the contractors or municipality owning the trucks. Multiple parties involved can mean that there is a lot of finger-pointing, making it harder to resolve the claim speedily. If one of the parties involved is a municipality, the government has extra protections under the law, sometimes making it harder to pursue compensation.
A qualified South Florida or Hollywood personal injury attorney can offer assistance. He or she understands the local laws and can file a claim quickly, working diligently to secure evidence in your case and build the strongest claim possible.
If you’d like to speak with a South Florida or Hollywood truck accident attorney, contact Flaxman Law Group. Our legal team has recovered more than $50 on behalf of plaintiffs and we have successfully resolved thousands of traffic accident and personal injury cases. What we are most proud of, however, is that clients recommend us and know that we care. We strive to make a real difference in the lives of those who have been injured, and our clients appreciate our honest and compassionate approach. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more.