Houston Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer
Waste removal is a big job, especially in a city the size of Houston. Managing waste is an important job and one that is also dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Refuse and Recyclable Material Collector jobs are in the top ten most dangerous jobs in the country. While the job is hazardous to workers, it also poses a danger to the public. When an accident happens involving a garbage or recycling truck, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic.
Garbage trucks are extremely large and wide. Because of their size and shape, it is difficult for drivers to see other vehicles and pedestrians. Although trucks have mirrors, there are still significant blind spots. These trucks are massive and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because of their size, injuries are five times more likely to be serious than in a similar crash in a passenger vehicle. If a dump truck hits a pedestrian the injury could be fatal.
Some of the main Houston area waste management companies are:
- Waste Management
- Republic Services
- Waste Cost Solutions
- Progressive Waste Solutions
- WCA Waste
- AW Waste
- Jet Waste Services
Garbage trucks have real safety issues in blind spots on the side and rear of the truck. Worse is that the big commercial vehicles travel our residential streets several times a week.
Many wrongful death truck accidents have occurred when children and even adults have been run over by waste trucks. Because garbage trucks spend the majority of their roadway miles in neighborhoods and given the problems with visibility/blind spots is a real problem for Texas.
With each commercial vehicle comes unique rules and garbage trucks are no exception. It is important if you are loved one has been injured in a garbage truck accident that the attorney you select is familiar with the rules and regulations applicable to garbage trucks and drivers.
Accidents with Garbage Trucks are Usually Serious
Because of the weight of these large trucks a crash is much more likely to lead to an injury of the occupants of cars or pickups. Dump trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and injury is five times more likely than a similar speed crash with a car.Moreover, dump trucks and garbage truck drivers are often on the lower pay scale, leading to record numbers of collisions due to unsafe driving.
Causes of Garbage Truck Wrecks
Some of the more common causes of garbage truck accidents include:
- unqualified drivers
- failing to keep a proper lookout
- failing to yield right-of-way
- running stop signs
- changing lanes and safely
- running red lights
- fatigued drivers due to long hours
There are many other causes of accidents involving garbage trucks.
The drivers and the company or both subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations which impose extra duties due to the professional driving status and the size of the vehicles. Violations of the safety rules are often uncovered in a truck accident lawsuit.
If you have been hit by a garbage truck and need an experienced garbage truck accident attorney- call for a consultation.
Contact us today to speak to Mr. Baumgartner about a Houston garbage truck accident. There is no obligation and no cost for the consultation 281-893-0760.
Houston Truck Accident Law Firm