The Risk of Severe Injury in Atlanta Garbage Truck Accidents

March 24, 2014

Garbage trucks are huge vehicles that routinely travel along the streets throughout the Atlanta Metro area and surrounding areas of Georgia, while picking up trash from residences and businesses. The risk of being in an accident with a garbage truck in Georgia is higher since most of these trucks are allowed special privileges that the average driver is not permitted. These vehicles also substantially outweigh the typical passenger vehicle, but unlike tractor-trailers, operate on busy residential streets that are narrower and are more likely to have bicyclists and pedestrians including children in the roadway.

While drivers of passenger vehicles are allowed to drive on just one side of the street, Atlanta garbage trucks can drive on both sides of the street. This is one reason garbage trucks that can contribute to their being involved in accidents that prove to be deadly. These vehicles have limited visibility and routinely engage in frequent starts and stops. For example, if a garbage truck is picking up trash in a residential area in Georgia during times when children are present, the chance of a child running out in the middle of the street for a ball or playing in the street is high. Garbage truck drivers need to be particularly aware of this, but sometimes they are not. Other accident risks posed by garbage trucks can include include garbage falling off of the truck and faulty tires/brakes.

It is not only car, truck and SUV drivers who are at risk of being involved in collisions with garbage trucks but also those on bicycles. Because garbage trucks usually make wide and unexpected turns, they need to pay attention to cyclists who sometimes must navigate in and around cars. Atlanta sanitation truck drivers sometimes cannot see well behind them or those that speed up next to the truck at the last minute. For drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, it is important to remember that if you cannot see the garbage truck mirrors, then the garbage truck driver cannot see you.

Garbage truck drivers need to take some extra precautions when driving. They are supposed to drive slowly and be aware of everything and everyone around them. Because they are operating such a huge vehicle, doing such things as running red lights, making sudden turns or stops and talking or texting on a cell phone magnify the already increased risk of hitting a pedestrian, driver, or cyclist. The injuries sustained in Atlanta garbage truck accidents are typically serious and can even be catastrophic including severe spine injuries, loss of arms and legs, paralysis, head trauma and third degree burns because of the massive size of the vehicles.

For garbage truck victims, the medical bills, including hospital and rehabilitation expense, can be staggering. If the garbage truck accident results in severe injuries to a family breadwinner, the economic pressure and financial stress can be overwhelming. If you or your loved ones are involved in an accident with a garbage truck in Georgia, it is important to contact an experienced and knowledgeable Atlanta Garbage Truck Accident Attorney.

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