Houston Garbage and Dump Truck Accident Attorneys
With an average weight of 33,000 pounds and an average payload of 9 tons, waste collection vehicles or dump trucks can cause severe and even fatal injuries in the event of an accident with another motor vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian. There are currently 130,000 garbage or dump trucks in the United States hauling trash and waste from homes and businesses to landfills and recycling centers. These trucks are a necessary part of human life and a routine presence in our neighborhoods at least once a week. Like all large vehicles, a garbage truck’s size and weight makes it especially dangerous when not handled carefully and correctly. When dump truck drivers or truck companies act negligently, they can put innocent lives at risk, causing serious injuries and, in some cases, even death.
These types of trucks are dangerous because of their size and weight, but they also can be unpredictable. Whether the truck is a front-, back-, or side-loading vehicle, mechanical arms swing out wide, pick up cans or bins, and violently shake them in the air before setting them back down. If drivers fail to look for other vehicles or pedestrians near the trucks during pickups, serious harm can occur. In fact, waste management trucks cause a significant number of pedestrians deaths every year compared to other commercial vehicles. Suffering an injury or losing a loved one to this type of accident physically, emotionally, and financially devastating. That’s why you need a competent and compassionate legal representative by your side every step of the way.
At Williams Kherkher, we’ve seen every type of accident imaginable, and we know how damaging garbage truck accidents can be to a victim and their family. All it takes is one mistake or one reckless action by a truck driver to alter your life forever. For over 30 years, our Houston garbage truck accident lawyers have represented innocent victims just like you, helping them take legal action to recover the financial compensation necessary to avoid bankruptcy and move on with their lives. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident with a garbage truck, we want you to know that you have legal rights and options. To schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward recovering financially, contact us today by calling (713) 352-7071.
Why Choose Us?
When it comes to protecting yourself and your family following a devastating accident, you need a lawyer who not only knows the ins and outs of personal injury law but also who has experience in dealing with insurance companies—one who isn’t afraid to take your case to court if need be. The Houston truck accident attorneys at Williams Kherkher promise to do everything in our power to get you every single dollar you deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We care about our clients and treat each one as if they were our only client. With over 30 years of experience and billions of dollars in settlements, we will not rest until these negligent drivers or truck companies are held accountable. Our numerous awards, including being listed among the Best Law Firms in the country by the U.S. News and World Report, are a testament to our success and reputation in our commuinty.
Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Like all operators of large vehicles, dump truck drivers have poor visibility behind the wheel and don’t always see motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians approaching. In many cases, waste management vehicles have to back up and aren’t aware of someone behind them until it is too late. And because these vehicles spend a lot of time in neighborhoods, children are especially vulnerable to these kinds of accidents.
The mechanics of a garbage truck can also lead to a serious accident. While older trucks relied on manpower to gather and deposit waste, newer garbage trucks use a swinging, mechanical gripping arm that detaches from the side, front, or back of the truck and lifts the bins high in the air, dumping them before placing them back on the road. This process can scatter debris and large objects on the street or, in some cases, even hit vehicles or pedestrians. Some additional causes of dump truck accidents include the following:
- Drivers not properly checking blind spots
- Driving while drowsy or under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Speeding or breaking other traffic laws
- Overloading the dump trucks
- Mistakes or negligence due to poor weather conditions
- Truck malfunction
These types of accidents can also be caused by trucking companies who act improperly and negligently. Companies or municipalities that own dump trucks are responsible for maintaining them and ensuring they are working correctly at all times. Tires need to be inflated properly and inspected to ensure they aren’t overly worn out. Brakes should be examined to ensure the vehicles can make proper stops. And the mechanical arms should also be inspected to make sure they are in proper working order and are not susceptible to dropping cans. When routine maintenance isn’t performed, these companies are putting innocent lives at risk.
A lawyer from Williams Kherkher can investigate your accident to identify the cause and liable party. When we take on a garbage truck accident case, we thoroughly examine every detail of the case to find out what happened and who was at fault. Along with the driver, you may be able to take legal action against the truck driver’s employer, the company that owns the vehicle, and, also, insurance companies. We can then gather the necessary evidence and formulate strategic legal arguments to hold the responsible party financially accountable for their negligence. With a lawyer’s help, you may be able to recover money to pay for medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more.
Contact Us Today
At Williams Kherkher, we know this is a stressful and devastating time in your life. Learning to live with disabilities or without a loved one is life-altering. And while we can’t take away the physical and emotional pain caused by the accident, Williams Kherkher can work to relieve the financial pain. To take the first step in recovering financial compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, contact our truck accident lawyers today by calling (713) 352-7071 or filling out an online form.