Tampa Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers

Garbage trucks can have serious consequences. These accidents tend to look ugly and messy, not only because of the fact that the garbage truck is carrying waste in the cargo area that can spill onto the surrounding roadway and other areas, but also because garbage trucks are very heavy. They are large vehicles, so the impact involved when they are in accidents is substantial. If you have been injured due to a collision with a garbage truck, consult a Tampa garbage truck accident lawyer. The accomplished truck crash attorneys at Slater | Grant could work tirelessly in pursuit of a positive outcome for you.

Common Fact Patterns in Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage trucks are carrying a lot of weight. They are often in a hurry or quickly moving from one stop to the next, and other drivers or pedestrians will sometimes find themselves in a situation in which they are in an accident with a garbage truck because they are moving quickly and have so much cargo that it is difficult to stop. Anywhere along a garbage truck’s route, a person can find themselves in an accident as well as in normal traffic situations. Frequently, garbage trucks have a difficult time coming to a stop at stop lights unless they give themselves plenty of room to do so, and that is another circumstance in which persons can find themselves in an accident with a garbage truck. In the event that a person finds themselves injured in a garbage truck crash, they should consult a Tampa garbage truck accident lawyer that could help them file an accident claim.

Where Garbage Truck Accidents are Likely to Occur

Garbage truck accidents will more frequently occur on residential roads because that is where these garbage trucks spend the majority of the time on their routes, but they can also occur on more highly-populated highways or other roads that have a lot of stop lights. These garbage trucks have a difficult time coming to a stop given the weight of the cargo that they are carrying.

If the City Collects the Garbage Does the Injury Claim Have to be Filed Against the Government?

Whether or not a claimant files against the government depends on whether the city itself through its own employees is collecting the garbage or if the city has hired another company to collect the garbage on its behalf. If there is an accident caused by the city employees driving a garbage truck, then the most appropriate entity to sue would be the government, although one could just sue the drivers individually.

When the city subcontracts out or hires a private company to collect the garbage on its behalf, then the injured person could sue the company that collects the trash in addition to the individual drivers as well as the city, depending on the contract and relationship between the city and the private company they have hired to collect the trash on its behalf.

Ways Injury Claims Change Based on the Cause of the Accident

When injuries are sustained due to the driving of the truck, the injury claim is directed at whether the truck driver was negligent in operating the truck in terms of whether it was being driven too fast, whether the driver was not paying attention, whether he or she made a sudden, unreasonable maneuver or move that led to the accident, etc.

When the injuries are sustained due to mechanical elements of the truck such as dropping cargo or scratching other cars, etc., the injury claim is focused less on the actual driving of the truck and whether the truck driver was negligent. Instead, the claim is focused on whether the trucking company and its employees were negligent in securing the cargo, making sure that the truck did not have parts of it that were posing a danger to other vehicles, and otherwise  on the non-driving acts and conduct of the truck drivers, the trucking company, and the trucking company’s employees. A Tampa garbage truck accident lawyer could help individuals file their claim, ensuring that the at-fault party is held liable.

Contacting the Skilled Tampa Garbage Truck Accident Attorneys at Slater | Grant

If you have been injured due to a collision involving a garbage truck, speak to the qualified truck accident attorneys at Slater | Grant. A qualified Tampa garbage truck accident lawyer could examine the facts of your case and determine what steps you should take next. Consult an experienced legal advocate that could devote the time and resources necessary to achieve a positive outcome for you.