Garbage Trucks Accidents
Perazzo Law knows that Truck Drivers and Garbage Collectors rank among the top ten most dangerous and life-threatening jobs in the USA, ranking 7th and 5th respectfully. A waste collection vehicle, or better known as a trash or garbage truck, is a vehicle designed to gather waste product or material and transport its contents to the allocated facilities for its treatment.
Garbage trucks are big, bulky vehicles that are built to crush and barrel over anything that stands in their way, and many times, trash drivers operate these vehicles recklessly. Trash truck drivers and operators in Miami face many risks imposed by hazardous materials and chaotic traffic, nasty weather and sometimes must operate at high speeds to meet their set timetables. This said, trash collecting ranks 5th on the list of the nation’s deadliest jobs, accounting for 25 fatalities for every 100,000 full-time workers.
Trash trucks, as well as dump trucks, are a common site in Miami's urban and rural landscapes and are very often involved in accidents that result in personal injury, property damage, loss, or even wrongful death to car drivers, motorcyclists, bike riders, or even pedestrians in Miami. When this happens, garbage or dump truck accident victims need the professional legal advice that the Perazzo Law Firm’s Miami and North Miami Beach staff offer its garbage truck and dump truck accident clients in Miami. Most often, when an accident involving a trash truck or dump truck takes place in Miami, it may result in severe injury and require top legal presentation. Many times, the haste of a trash truck driver may lead to excessive speeds that may result in a garbage truck accident that involves a car, motorcycle, cyclist, or injured pedestrian in Miami.
At high speeds, the result of a garbage truck collision can be devastating. In most cases, the garbage truck operator, vehicle owner, or trash truck insurance provider may be found at fault for the accident. Trash truck drivers do not usually own the trash truck as trash collection companies may be privatized and thus are self-insured in Miami. Hence, they will most often pay the compensation claims presented to them by one of our Personal Injury Truck Accident attorneys from the Perazzo Law Firm’s Miami or North Miami Beach offices.
Based on the Perazzo Law Firm’s experience handling trash truck accident cases in Miami, a garbage truck company, together with its insurance provider, will carry-out an investigation to determine fault and legal liability for the injuries, property damages, or loss stemming from the trash truck accident. The Perazzo Law Firm suggests accident victims involved in garbage truck incidents to hire an attorney to also carry out an investigation to prove our client was not at fault. Furthermore, an accident involving a garbage truck may not always be the driver’s fault.
Garbage trucks have sophisticated hydraulic systems that must be operated carefully by trained workers. On some occasions, the hydraulic system may fail, causing brake failure or other trash compacting mechanisms that may lead to personal injury to the trash truck operator, or anyone that comes to close to its hydraulic operation. Pedestrians are at high risk of being run-over by garbage trucks in Miami. A recent Police investigation into a fatality that took place not long ago, revealed that a pedestrian was run-into by a garbage truck in Miami as the garbage truck was backing out of an alleyway after loading waste from a Miami restaurant. Garbage Trucks, as well as dump trucks, must be equipped with warning sounds when the vehicle is placed in reverse. Sadly, sometimes they simply do not operate and this may be due to poor vehicle maintenance on behalf of the garbage truck owner or company.
Pedestrians are warned to keep an eye out for trash trucks when they are backing out of driveways or alleyways in Miami. Accident victims that have suffered personal injury, property damage, or loss, are urged to act quickly following an accident involving a garbage truck in Miami. There is a statute of limitations of two years from the time of the accident with a garbage truck in Miami.
Thus, victims should present all trash truck accident reports, eyewitness testimony, medical records and treatment costs, and any lost wages resulting from the garbage truck accident in Miami. Perazzo Law and our Miami and North Miami Beach staff of Personal Injury Attorneys urge you to contact us ONLINE or CALL (786) LAWS-411 for a FREE consultation to discuss your legal rights to compensation following a garbage truck accident in Miami.
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