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Police Investigation Finds Alcohol a Factor in Fatal Atlanta Garbage Truck Accident

December 28, 2013

Garbage trucks that travel the streets of Atlanta can easily be involved in accidents that result in serious injuries. Garbage trucks and recycling trucks engage in a pattern of abrupt starts and stops on residential streets where children are playing and riding bicycles. Whether a motorist is backing out of a driveway to commute to work or a pedestrian is jogging for exercise, garbage truck accidents are a serious hazard because the vehicles have limited visibility and frequently engage in unpredictable stops and backing which increases the danger.

A fatal garbage truck accident a few weeks ago illustrates the seriousness of the potential risk. During the deadly Atlanta garbage truck accident, a passenger in the truck was ejected and died when the vehicle rolled over. The driver of the truck also suffered serious injuries in the rollover crash. While these large vehicles are inherently more difficult to drive safely because they offer less maneuverability and visibility for the driver, this fatal garbage truck crash is believed to be alcohol-related. A Fox 5 report indicated that an open container of vodka may have been found in the cab of the truck. In the wake of the police criminal investigation, authorities sought an arrest warrant for the driver of the garbage truck for first degree vehicular homicide and DUI.

If it is established that the garbage truck driver was intoxicated during the collision, the family of the passenger who died may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. A lawsuit for wrongful death essentially includes two distinct but related types of claims – (a) a "wrongful death" claim for the "full value of the life" of the decedent which belongs to the surviving family members; and (b) a "survival action" which is brought by the administrator or executor of the estate for medical expenses, funeral/burial costs and compensation for pain and suffering from the time of the accident until death.

While this particular garbage truck accident in Atlanta might have been caused by an alcohol impaired driver, many types of negligence may provide a basis for seeking financial compensation in a recycling truck or garbage truck accident, such as:

• Failure to conduct a proper pre-employment background check
• Inadequate training and supervision
• Improperly maintained vehicles
• Defective components or systems
• Inattentive or careless driving

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Category: Auto Accidents

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