Garbage Truck Accidents

San Antonio & Laredo Garbage Truck Accident Attorney

Most of us don’t give much thought to the trucks or the drivers who pick up and dispose of our household trash. These trucks are a common sight and for the most part, we tend to ignore them. However, every year, people are hurt in accidents involving garbage trucks. These accidents tend to be serious because like big rigs and 18 wheelers, these are large vehicles that can cause extensive damage to cars, bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians.

Fault in Garbage Truck Accidents

When a garbage truck driver is at fault for an accident, the employer may also be partially at fault. This can be very complicated because some garbage contractors are private while others are operated by municipalities. It’s crucial for victims to contact a truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident with a garbage truck. If the truck is privately owned, you’ll probably have two years to file a lawsuit. However, if the truck is owned by a municipality, the time frame to file a lawsuit may be as little as six months.

Reporting and Documenting Garbage Truck Accidents

As with any type of motor vehicle accident, it’s imperative you file a detailed police report, obtain the contact and insurance information from the driver and obtain witness contact information. Victims should also be seen immediately by an emergency room or private physician. Documenting your injuries can help your truck accident attorney when determining how to proceed to get you a settlement for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle.

Once you’ve reported the accident to your insurance company, avoid answering any questions from an insurance adjuster. We typically recommend you refer an adjuster to your attorney. As with most insurance adjusters, their goal is to get you to admit fault, diminish the severity of your injuries and ultimately settle your insurance claim for as little as possible. Your truck accident attorney can help make sure you get the full compensation you are entitled to under Texas personal injury laws.


Typical Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

As with any type of motor vehicle, speed, road conditions and the inattentiveness of a driver can play a role in a garbage truck accident. However, there are other factors which may come into play including:

  • Unsecured or falling garbage
  • Frequent and unforeseeable stops
  • Blind spots
  • Failure to obey traffic signals/laws
  • Driver fatigue/distractions

Remember, the at-fault driver may be the first person responsible for your injuries but their employer, the owner of the truck or the company who maintained the truck may also be partially responsible.

Being involved in any type of truck accident is terrifying and we understand you are probably uncertain as to what rights you have. We also know insurance adjusters are going to start contacting you immediately after an accident to attempt to get you to admit fault or claim your injuries were not the result of the accident.

You have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, the time you lost from work while recovering from a garbage truck accident and your medical bills. We can help make sure you get the maximum possible recovery by ensuring your claim is fully investigated and making sure the insurance adjuster is fully aware of the extent of your losses. Contact our offices today at (210) 404-HURT (4878) and talk to a San Antonio, TX truck accident attorney Eric Ramos. We won’t charge you a dime unless we’re successful in obtaining compensation for your losses including the damage to your vehicle.


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