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This Ultimate Guide to Compensation for Garbage Truck Mishaps in CA is at your fingertips. The last thing you would expect when walking out the door in the morning is getting hit by a garbage truck sometime during the day.

Trash Truck Crash?

Contact garbage truck accident lawyers.

However, being involved in a garbage truck accident is actually more common than most people realize.

What makes garbage truck accidents so serious is the sheer size and weight of a standard garbage truck. Just seeing garbage truck drivers navigating these trash trucks through the residential neighborhoods of Los Angeles is enough to intimidate most drivers of passenger vehicles.

Imagine what it must be like for garbage truck accident victims! This is why a garbage truck driver must always be qualified, responsible, and alert.

However, garbage truck accidents do happen, and that is when you need to call Ehline Law Firm so you can hire an experienced garbage truck accident lawyer.

What You Need To Know About A Garbage Truck Accident Claim

Garbage truck workers cleaning trash from streetHandling truck accident cases involving a waste management dump truck may sound like a simple thing to do, but there are many laws and regulations that a trash truck injury attorney needs to be well versed in. Additionally, the potential for severe injuries and massive property damage makes garbage truck accidents different from passenger vehicle accidents. The following are some of the things personal injury lawyers need to be familiar with:

  • Different Types of Garbage Trucks in California

A City of Los Angeles trash truck typically comes in three types; black garbage trucks, green compost trucks, and blue recycling trucks. This is usually the same in other parts of California, such as Southern California, Orange County, and San Diego. They all have in common because they are large trucks that weigh tons!

  • Los Angeles Garbage Truck Regulations

If a garbage truck struck pedestrians, commercial vehicles, or other motor vehicles, certain questions would be asked of the trucking company.

The regulations state that the driver must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and should have passed all relevant exams to drive a garbage truck in the State of California legally.

  • Liability for a Los Angeles Garbage Truck Accident

The Los Angeles County municipality usually owns garbage trucks, so it is not always possible to sue the drivers directly unless the garbage truck belongs to a private company. If a garbage truck accident occurred and you are not sure who to sue, visit our law firm for a free consultation to discuss your best options to obtain you and your loved ones maximum financial compensation.

  • Steps To Take After a Garbage Truck Accident

In the aftermath of a garbage truck accident, you can start the process of receiving financial compensation by taking the following steps:

  1. Get medical assistance
  2. Get details of the driver and other sanitation workers
  3. Gather evidence, such as pictures of your car and accident scene, as well as witness statements
  4. Ask for a police report
  5. Do not admit fault or negligence
  6. Keep every receipt you get for all medical bills
  7. Search for a law firm with a proven track record in similar practice areas
  8. Book a free case evaluation
  9. Fill in the free consultations online form with qualified attorneys.

How Do I Recover From Injuries Sustained in A Garbage Truck Accident?

The victims of a Los Angeles garbage truck accident can suffer from the following serious injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Paralysis (quadriplegia, paraplegia)
  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries (Whiplash)
  • Joint and ligament damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Lacerations
  • Wrongful death.

Recovering from severe injuries that are typical in any collision with a large truck takes time, effort, and money. This is why the most important thing is to speak to truck accident lawyers and get assistance with filing a personal injury claim to make sure the responsible parties are held liable.

Garbage Truck Accidents Are Quite Common

A few years ago, a Tempe, Arizona, garbage truck collision resulted in a few children suffering severe injuries. Back in 2018, a person was killed, and several injuries occurred when a garbage truck was hit by a train carrying Congress members.

Many accidents occur when smaller vehicles are struck by large garbage trucks belonging to the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation Workers. Some have caused life-long disabilities and even death.

The Most Common Causes of Accidents Involving Garbage Trucks

Here are the common causes of garbage truck accidents our clients need to be aware of:

  • Speeding, especially on quiet rural roads
  • Sideswiping a vehicle in narrow streets
  • Falling waste and trash hitting a car or pedestrian
  • Tailgating other cars
  • Improper maintenance issues, such as defective parts and turn signal lamps
  • Distracted driving (eating or using a cell phone)
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Improper driver training
  • Not watching blind spots for other motorists, motorcycles, bicyclists, and pedestrians
  • Driver fatigue and negligence
  • Not obeying traffic laws and traffic signals
  • Impatience after making frequent stops.

Damages You Can Get When You Sue Negligent Garbage Truck Drivers

In the state of California, victims injured in garbage truck collisions can sue for damages covering:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost opportunities for employment
  • Wrongful death of a loved one
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage.

Our Doors at Ehline Law Are Open

Thanks to our excellent attorney-client relationship and dedication to maintaining high levels of trial advocacy, you can be sure that your lawsuit is in good hands.

Visit our office for a free review and initial consultation regarding your individual case. Alternatively, you can call us at (213) 596-9642 and receive the compensation you deserve.

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