When you are out and about each day, you probably see a garbage truck rolling through the city or around the county. Garbage trucks perform a valuable service for our citizens, and we are grateful to the women and men who work on them. However, sometimes, these vehicles crash and cause significant injuries. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we are here to help if you need a Pittsburgh garbage truck accident attorney. Let us get to work investigating what happened so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
Garbage trucks do not look as intimidating as other heavy trucks on the roadways. They are not as large, but that does not mean they will not cause serious damages and injuries in a crash. The average weight of an unloaded garbage truck is approximately 33,000 pounds. However, a loaded garbage truck can weigh as much as 51,000 pounds.
When you consider that the average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 4,000 pounds, you can see why these collisions can be so dangerous. The safety devices inside a vehicle are no match for an impact from a garbage truck.
During the latest reporting year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) tell us that large trucks were responsible for:
In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation says that we had almost 7,000 heavy truck crashes that same year, causing 145 fatal crashes and thousands of injuries.
The city of Pittsburgh operates nearly 50 garbage trucks. These are driven and operated by city public works department employees. It is important to note that there are other trucks in operation all around Pittsburgh, operated by the county and other municipalities.
It is important that each garbage truck driver have their commercial driver’s license and be properly trained for each type of vehicle in the fleet.
The city of Pittsburgh must regularly inspect and maintain each vehicle in its fleet to prevent mechanical failure. If a crash occurs that was caused by driver negligence or vehicle failure, you may be eligible for compensation through their insurance or through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a garbage truck, you may need to secure legal assistance. At Shenderovich, Shenderovich & Fishman, we realize that it can be confusing to establish who was at-fault for a crash and then figuring out how to get compensation. We are going to be your advocate. Let us investigate what happened and work to secure the following: