Garbage trucks are part of our everyday life. Every Kansas City resident is no stranger to be woken up at 4 a.m. by the noise of a garbage truck picking up trash in the neighborhood.
Without garbage trucks, our streets would be much (much) dirtier, with piles of uncollected trash all over the ground on commercial properties and residential homes.
While these trucks keep our neighborhood clean, they create safety hazards for motorists who share the road with garbage trucks, also referred to as waste collection vehicles (WCV) and waste disposal vehicles (WDV).
If your vehicle collided with a garbage truck when it was transporting the trash to a landfill or recycling facility, you are probably wondering whether you are entitled to recover damages. Do not hesitate to talk to our Kansas City truck accident attorney at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., to determine liability and gather necessary evidence proving the trucker’s negligence.
Although garbage trucks are serving a good purpose – to make our city cleaner – it does not change the fact that these bulky and heavy trucks are prone to cause motor vehicle collisions because they are difficult to maneuver and have large blind spots.
It goes without saying that colliding with a garbage truck can cause catastrophic and deadly consequences, especially if you are walking on foot, riding a motorcycle or bicycle, or driving a passenger vehicle.
The size and weight of a garbage truck are the things that make it so dangerous to collide with. If an average passenger car weighs somewhere around two tons, a waste collection vehicle can weigh up to 32 tons.
Unfortunately, pedestrians often fall victim to garbage trucks collecting trash in neighborhoods, alleyways, and other residential areas. A garbage truck has many blind spots that make it difficult to notice another vehicle, let alone a pedestrian when picking up trash and waste.
Auto collisions involving garbage trucks can be caused by many factors, the most common of which are:
Regardless of which factor caused a garbage truck accident in Kansas City or elsewhere in Missouri, the victim must demonstrate proof that the other party was negligent. The driver of the garbage truck is not the only potentially responsible party, as you could also sue his or her employer, trucking company, truck manufacturer, government entity, or another party whose negligence or recklessness contributed to the crash.
Let our Kansas City garbage truck accident lawyer from Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., determine who owns the truck, how and when was the last time the garbage truck was inspected and maintained, and whether any federal or state safety rules regulating the garbage trucking industry were violated by other parties involved.
Contact our law firm to determine fault and evaluate how much your case is worth.
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