Truck accidents are devastating and can leave Georgia residents reeling with serious injuries. Unfortunately, accidents involving garbage trucks are on the rise.
Why are garbage truck accidents so serious?
Truck accidents are significantly dangerous due to the size and weight of the vehicle. Garbage trucks are no exception. If they crash into another vehicle or hit a person, it can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. Garbage trucks have a center of gravity that may be uneven due to the loads of trash they pick up, which increases the risk of a rollover accident.
If the cargo mechanism of a garbage truck malfunctions, it can also be serious. The loads of garbage it carries could spill out onto the street. If there are heavy objects or materials in the truck, it could land on another vehicle and cause debilitating injuries or death.
What causes garbage truck accidents?
There are different factors that might lead to garbage truck accidents. Sometimes, the driver might be distracted or reckless behind the wheel. Garbage truck workers often work very long hours, so the driver might be fatigued while at the wheel. This could easily lead to a devastating crash.
Another thing that could cause an accident is a malfunction of the truck or defective parts of the garbage truck. Or the truck might be holding too much garbage, causing it to be extensively weighted down.
What types of injuries are caused by garbage truck accidents?
Garbage truck accidents can lead to serious, catastrophic injuries. The following are the most common:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries
- Head, neck and shoulder injuries
If you have suffered injuries after an accident with a negligent garbage truck operator, you have the right to recover compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.