A garbage truck, whether it is empty or full of garbage, can potentially be dangerous when it is not driven properly. Even when moving at moderate or slow speeds, a garbage truck may have the capability of causing injuries with lasting effects, including but not limited to whiplash.
You or a loved one who has been injured or passed away because of a garbage truck accident deserves to fight for compensation. A Naples garbage truck accident lawyer will handle that fight, helping with your lawsuit or insurance claim to get a settlement or judgment in your favor. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at (239) 900-3000 for details on how a lawyer can handle your case after a Naples garbage truck accident.
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Negligence May Call for a Lawsuit or Insurance Claim
Any collision between motor vehicles may be the result of one or more types of negligence. The same may be true of your accident involving a garbage truck, as the driver of that truck may have acted in a way that caused the collision with your vehicle and the subsequent injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) details behaviors that qualify as risky driving, and one or more of these behaviors may have contributed to your accident. They include speeding, driving under the influence, driving while on drugs, and driving while not properly rested (drowsy driving).
Some of the other scenarios that may have contributed to your accident and could qualify as negligence are:
The Driver of a Garbage Truck Striking You from the Rear
If your accident with a garbage truck was a rear-end collision, then the driver of the garbage truck may generally be presumed at fault unless extraordinary circumstances apply. The truck driver may have been following your vehicle more closely than was safe and may have caused injuries such as whiplash, which the Mayo Clinic explains is a potential consequence of a rear-end collision.
The Driver of a Garbage Truck Making a Dangerous Turn
Garbage trucks may generally be large, heavy, and slow. For these reasons, those who drive garbage trucks must be certain that they can make a turn safely before making the turn. A turn may have been dangerous if:
- The garbage truck pulled in front of oncoming traffic without the space to do so
- The garbage truck made an illegal turn, such as a turn made at a red light
- The garbage truck failed to properly assess your right-of-way
Turning may be one of the more confusing and risk-involved aspects of driving, and garbage trucks’ limitations lower a truck driver’s margin for error when turning.
The Driver of a Garbage Truck Failing to Stay in Their Lane
Lane-change related accidents can happen in any number of ways. A garbage truck driver could veer out of their lane due to distraction, they may fail to check their blind spots before changing lanes, or may not properly determine whether they have room in a lane that they are merging into.
If a garbage truck driver’s failure to remain in the proper lane was the cause of your accident, then the driver and their employer could be found negligent and may owe you compensation for your losses.
Your accident has an entire story behind it, and your Naples garbage truck accident lawyer will want to hear from you about how your accident occurred. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at (239) 900-3000 to complete a free consultation.
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A Lawyer Can Provide Several Services
Before deciding to hire a lawyer to assist you after a garbage truck accident in Naples, you may want to know how a lawyer could help you or a loved one. You may have several needs in the time just after your accident, and to address those needs, your lawyer may:
- Represent you in any discussions with insurance companies
- Help you file time-sensitive paperwork
- Ensure that your rights are protected
Once your lawyer has tended to your immediate needs, they may begin to formulate your case for compensation. At this point, they may have determined whether a lawsuit or insurance claim is the most fitting type of action through which to seek compensation.
One of the arguments that your lawyer may need to make in order to secure compensation is the case that you are the victim of negligence. They may do this by:
- Explaining that the duty of care applies to all motorists, including garbage truck drivers
- Showing that the garbage truck driver breached their duty of care in some way
- Making the connection between the truck driver’s breach of duty of care and your accident
- Making the connection between your accident and the losses you now face
The effectiveness of this argument is pivotal in determining whether you secure compensation for your losses. Without a lawyer, you may be tasked with making this argument on your own.
You may be considering a lawsuit because you have suffered one or more types of losses from your garbage truck accident. Not only the truck driver but potentially also their employer may be financially responsible for your losses. Those may include:
- The cost of your medical treatment
- Property damage to your vehicle and property inside your vehicle when the accident happened
- Pain and suffering
- The financial cost of missing work due to your injuries
A lawyer or their team can discuss the losses that you may be entitled to coverage for if your loved one passed away because of a garbage truck accident.
Call a Lawyer’s Team for Your Free Consultation Today
Garbage truck accidents may be complicated when it comes to determining liability and seeking awards. A Naples garbage truck accident lawyer will serve you or a loved one who may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at (239) 900-3000 for more detail about how we will provide responsive legal care for you or your loved one. You worry about getting better. We take care of everything else.