The risk on residential streets in cities like those in California, is higher when trash trucks are in the area. This applies to the motor vehicle driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist and pedestrian accident victim. The reason for this, is that trash trucks far outweigh passenger vehicles and others on the residential and other roadway, which often results in fatal crashes.
Differences Between Trash Truck Crashes and Others
The difference between the trash truck and other large trucks is they travel through the streets of say, Los Angeles residential neighborhoods. In this place, the garbage truck in a situation where there are more pedestrians and bicyclists, which are usually small children. These garbage trucks are dangerous, due to the frequent stops and go, plus other maneuvers that might be considered safe. This is unless the truck is poorly maintained, by the private contractor or local government responsible for maintaining the garbage truck. That is why the trash truck accident law firm of Ehline Law, has directed you to this web page.
You may not know that the trash truck employee riding on the back of the truck, due to the sudden stops and starts on their routes, are also at risk for being injured from a sideswipe, or even getting slammed by the hydraulic lift. Even though the driver of the garbage truck should be commercially licensed, there are visibility problems, since they depend on their side mirrors. This provides only a limited rear view of the truck and they must depend on signals from the employees riding on the back of the truck before starting to move.
The starting or stopping of the refuse waste truck can be unexpected for the employees on the back of the truck, which can cause them to lose their hold or footing falling into traffic or the dangerous machinery of the truck. This can lead to serious injuries or death for the employee.
There have been studies done and one by Right of Way, a pedestrian advocacy group showed that there are approximately six people killed each year in New York City in trash truck accidents. Another study’s data showed that there are more pedestrians and bicyclists killed by garbage trucks than any other type of big truck.
The Ehline Law firm PC has the experienced needed after a trash truck accident to hold the local government or private contractor responsible. They are a legal firm that has earned the respect of their peers and won settlements for injured clients, while holding negligent parties responsible.