Large commercial vehicles on the roads and highways of Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas present some of the most serious risks for motorists throughout these regions. While drivers are traveling along the public roadways, they must pay special attention to those semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18 wheelers, and even garbage trucks in close proximity. The operators of these commercial trucks are trusted with traveling safely along these roads; however, a number of outside elements may contribute to all sorts of motor vehicle collisions.

Waste management organizations in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas play an important role in their respective states. People depend on waste management companies to safely pick up their trash each week. Garbage truck accidents occur far more often than many Americans would imagine. Even worse, these types of crashes often occur inside of neighborhoods and communities, as this is where garbage trucks frequently travel.

The large structure of garbage trucks presents a serious hazard in the event that a passenger vehicle collides with the truck. Unfortunately, the Edwards Law Firm has seen a wide range of accident victims suffering at the hands of commercial truck drivers. We believe that when negligent actions of commercial truck driver cause traffic collisions, these truckers must be held accountable for their careless actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a garbage truck accident, the Edwards Law Firm is prepared to take on your case today.

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Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

Communities throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma depend on garbage trucks to dispose of their trash while safely navigating through the roads in which they travel each and every day. All residents will recall seeing garbage trucks moving throughout their neighborhoods picking up the trash cans and disposing of its waste material contents. While these vehicles typically move at very slow speeds, the combination of a lack of visibility, weight, structure, and limited maneuverability creates a potentially dangerous situation for Oklahoma residents, especially small children in the neighborhoods.

Garbage truck accidents typically occur due to the following causes:

  • Large blind spots
  • Oversized loads
  • Malfunctioning auto equipment
  • Inattentive truck drivers
  • Fatigued drivers
  • Distracted drivers
  • Inability to stop abruptly
  • Inadequate truck maintenance
  • Limited driver visibility
  • Defective back-up alarms
  • Neglecting to follow traffic signs

While there are a number of additional causes of garbage truck accidents, the above precursors are amongst the most common and often cause the most severe injuries. Sadly, many collisions involving garbage trucks are situations where a child is outside playing and struck by an inattentive truck driver. As such, all parents are encouraged to warn their children about the dangers associated with garbage trucks and the various tips to avoid any type of accident.

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Garbage Truck Collision Injuries

Collisions with a garbage truck often result in catastrophic injuries to those involved, largely due to the trucks limited mobility and large structure. Typically, garbage truck drivers are tasked with the responsibility to maneuver around tight spaces while traveling from house to house to pick up waste materials. As such, any residents, children, or vehicles that get in the way of the moving garbage truck are at risk of being struck by the vehicle.

Rollover crashes with these vehicles are typically the most severe and, while uncommon, they often result in fatal injuries. The following are some of the most common injuries associated with garbage truck accidents:

  • Eye injuries
  • Burns
  • Bone fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Head injuries
  • Skull fractures
  • Wrongful death

If you or a loved one has been injured in a garbage truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses in which you have suffered. Contact our personal injury offices today to learn more about your potential claim options.

Contact a Knowledgeable Oklahoma Accident Lawyer Today

The Edwards Law Firm has built a reputation across the three states of Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas through hard work, dedication to the law, years of experience, and a vast knowledge of the three respective state laws. Our skilled team of personal injury lawyers has built this reputation with our track record of success in the courtroom, responsible for obtaining over $100 MILLION in past verdicts and settlements.

At the Edwards Law Firm, we strongly believe that when the careless actions of a driver cause injury to innocent accident victims, the at-fault party must pay for the damages in which they cause. Therefore, we work tirelessly to build a case which awards our clients the maximum compensation possible. If you or a loved one has suffered during a garbage truck accident, our Tulsa truck lawyers are here for you.

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