Automobile drivers share the road with numerous other vehicles, including garbage trucks. Unfortunately, garbage trucks can be more dangerous than you may realize. This is because of their size and weight. However, the waste collected by the truck can pose an additional hazard to drivers if it falls off and hits someone or becomes an obstacle on the road. As a result, it is important to know how garbage truck accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more.
How do garbage truck accidents occur?
Like any car accident, garbage truck accidents can happen for any number of reasons. However, the most common accidents occur as a result of driver negligence, including:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while tired
- Dumping waste that hits another vehicle or person
- Falling objects from the truck
- Hazardous waste spills
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to follow the rules of the road
Am I eligible to recover compensation?
If you have been injured as a result of a negligent garbage truck driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. However, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. This means providing evidence that your accident was a direct result of another party’s negligence. To satisfy the burden of proof, it is important to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. It is also imperative that you seek medical attention. This will help ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. You should also work with an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney can obtain further evidence, such as security camera footage, police reports, and more. Additionally, it is important to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file your claim on time will mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
If you have been injured in a garbage truck accident, our firm will advocate for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.
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