When you hear the garbage truck rumbling down your block, you may notice the putrid smell or loud noise, but you may be unaware of the other hazards it’s dragging along with it.
At over 50,000 pounds, trash trucks pose more serious risks than other vehicles. In fact, trash trucks cause more pedestrian and cyclist deaths than any other vehicle on the road.
Why exactly are they so dangerous?
Because of how heavy they are, trash trucks can cause much more damage than regular cars and trucks.
There are many blind spots surrounding trash trucks due to their size and lack of windows. The area around the truck is sometimes referred to as the danger zone and can prove especially hazardous when the truck is backing up.
Only One Person Operating
Many times, the same person is driving and collecting the trash. Doing both jobs can lead the operator to be distracted and/or tired.
Stop and Go Traffic
Trash trucks will stop at every or almost every house on the street providing many opportunities for mishaps.
The best way to share the road with these vehicles is to be extra alert. Make sure you are prepared to stop quickly in case the trash truck needs to make a stop. Keep watch for any garbage that may fall off the truck or for the truck to suddenly reverse.
When you are involved in an accident with a trash truck, or any commercial truck, there is evidence that needs to be preserved as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash with a trash truck, contact us right away so we can guide you through the process and help you get the compensation you deserve.