Weekdays are work days for most of North Carolina’s residents. And a work day means that garbage trucks will be on the streets.
It’s surprising how few people recognize the road hazards posed by municipal and private waste collection services. Perhaps this is because garbage trucks are so common a feature in residential areas, so we tend to overlook them.
Garbage truck drivers tend to be more careful and safer drivers than the average passenger vehicle driver. Nevertheless, garbage trucks are some of the largest and heaviest vehicles common to residential streets; only school buses are larger. When accidents do occur, they often involve severe or fatal North Carolina truck accident injuries to pedestrians, drivers, and passengers.
Garbage truck injuries
Injurious and fatal garbage truck accidents in North Carolina can be caused in a number of ways. Some of the most common accident scenarios that we have seen at our office include:
- Garbage truck backing up to collide with a car or truck because the driver failed to check for vehicles in the rear
- Garbage truck running a stop sign to run over a pedestrian
- Garbage truck with defective signal lights colliding with another vehicle on a turn
- Failure to set brakes or brake failure on a garbage truck
- Garbage truck traveling too fast for road conditions
- Garbage truck driver distracted and colliding with a bicycle or motor vehicle
- Garbage truck driver neglecting safety procedures in order to complete his route early
The results of garbage truck accidents can include bone fractures, brain injuries, disfigurement, spine injuries causing lasting paralysis, and death.
Seeking justice for your injuries
A garbage truck accident in New Hanover County is like any other North Carolina traffic accident with a commercial vehicle. A negligent truck driver—and often the waste management company that employs him—can be held liable for all injuries that result from the incident, including:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and lost future earning potential
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Enduring disability and disfigurement
If you or someone you love has been hit by a garbage truck in North Carolina, you need to act quickly to call a Wilmington truck accident attorney at Speaks Law Firm. Remember, the statute of limitations allows only a narrow time frame for you to seek compensation for your injuries. Connect with us today by calling 910-341-7570 or toll-free at 877-593-4233 to set up a free, no-obligation legal consultation. Let us tell you how we can pursue the maximum recovery available for your case.