Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers in Phoenix
No matter where you live, garbage trucks are a part of life. Because these trucks move slowly and make frequent stops, it is easy to underestimate the danger they pose. However, similar to other large trucks, a garbage truck collision can be serious for bicyclists, pedestrians, and those in passenger vehicles. Due to the size and weight of garbage trucks, individuals involved in these accidents are often seriously injured.
People who are injured by a garbage truck may be able to file a claim to compensate for those injuries. Filing these claims can be complicated, though. Since garbage trucks contract with the city or county government, it can be difficult to determine who was liable for the accident.
Anyone injured in a garbage truck accident in Phoenix should speak to a personal injury attorney. The Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., will investigate the crash, hold the negligent parties responsible, and work to get you the full amount of compensation you may be entitled to. Call (602) 267-1280 to speak to us today.
In many instances, the truck driver caused the crash. Fatigue can impair a driver’s reaction time, particularly during the early morning runs these trucks make. The driver may also be driving distracted while on a phone, or speaking to a coworker in the truck. The driver may misjudge a turn, or not check the side mirror before backing into a space. These are just a few ways a garbage truck driver may cause an accident. However, they may not be held entirely responsible. For example, if the driver was not properly trained, the city or private company that hired that driver may also be held partially responsible.
A defective part can also result in an accident. If the truck had faulty brakes, for instance, and hit someone as a result, the driver of the truck may be less liable than the company responsible for the truck’s maintenance.
Another vehicle, pedestrian, or cyclist can also cause a garbage truck accident. For example, a car may pull out of a driveway unexpectedly, causing the garbage truck to abruptly stop. If there is a vehicle behind the truck, that vehicle may not have enough time to stop and may rear-end the garbage truck
Since a number of parties can cause a garbage truck accident, it is sometimes difficult to hold those parties liable for paying compensation. An investigation will need to be done, which should include speaking to witnesses, capturing video surveillance if available, collecting statements from everyone involved in the crash, and negotiating with insurance companies.
Our Phoenix garbage truck accident lawyers at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., can conduct this investigation to determine the cause of the crash and who should be held liable. We will then help you file a claim to receive compensation from the at-fault party.
We will also be aware of certain requirements or restrictions involved in a garbage truck accident. For example, if the City of Phoenix is partially to blame for the accident, injured individuals only have 180 days to file a Notice of Claim with the city.
If you have been injured in a garbage truck accident, call Breyer Law Offices, P.C., today at (602) 267-1280. These cases present a number of challenges, and you do not have to face them alone. We know how to investigate these collisions to determine who was at fault. Once we have determined negligence, we will fight to get you the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.