Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers in California

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Experienced garbage truck accident lawyers in California

California became the 23rd state in the nation to enact a “Slow Down to Get Around” law when Assembly Bill No. 2115 (AB 2115) was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on September 23, 2018. The law requires drivers approaching or overtaking stopped waste service vehicles to make lane changes into available lanes adjacent to the waste service vehicles and pass at a safe distance without interfering with their safe operation.

Solid Waste Collection Vehicles (SWCVs) are subject to strict regulations from the California Air Resources Board. While the “Slow Down to Get Around” was passed to protect employees doing their jobs, many garbage truck accidents can be the result of a garbage truck driver’s negligence.

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a garbage truck accident in California, you need to understand that there could be very strict time limits applicable to your case. For this reason, you cannot afford to delay in seeking legal representation.

The May Firm can handle your case at no up front cost to you, as we will only collect a portion of your monetary award. You can have us examine your case as soon as you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Garbage Companies in California

Communities all over California are served by a number of different companies. Some of the most common garbage trucks in California include those of the following companies:

  • California Waste Solutions
  • Republic Services
  • Universal Waste Systems, Inc. (UWS)
  • Waste Connections
  • CR&R Incorporated
  • EDCO
  • C&S Waste Solutions
  • Amador Valley Industries
  • Clearlake Waste Solutions
  • Gilton Solid Waste Management
  • Bertolotti Disposal Service
  • Sonoma County Resource Recovery (SCRR)
  • Pleasanton Garbage Service, Inc.
  • Garden City Sanitation
  • GreenTeam of San Jose

The above list is not all-inclusive and you could be involved in a garbage truck whose owner is not immediately clear.

Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents

Most garbage trucks are slower-moving vehicles, and the most common kinds of accidents involve collisions as garbage trucks are attempting to re-enter traffic. Some accidents, however, could very well stem from a driver who is speeding or driving recklessly.

A garbage truck driver could also be distracted, possibly because they were text messaging or talking on a cell phone. The driver’s phone records could be subpoenaed in such cases to prove their negligence.

The underlying causes of other garbage truck accident may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inadequate driver training
  • Failure to maintain vehicle
  • Driver fatigue
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol
  • Brake failure
  • Unsecured loads
  • Mechanical defects
  • Inclement weather

You could be completely clueless about how your crash occurred, but the May Firm will immediately get to work determining the answer. Our firm will conduct an independent investigation that includes thorough examinations of exactly how a garbage truck was functioning at the time of your accident.

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Types of Garbage Truck Accident Injuries

Garbage trucks are often immense compared to the average passenger vehicle, so higher speed collisions frequently lead to devastating injuries. Some of these injuries may be fatal.

When a person is killed in a garbage truck accident, that person’s family could be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties. Even the individuals who survive the accidents still have very difficult paths to recovery.

Some of the most common types of injuries people suffer in garbage truck accidents include, but are not limited to:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Lacerations
  • Muscle strains
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Paralysis

Serious injury cases require legal counsel as soon as possible because insurance companies will step in quickly to try and close the cases. One way insurers do this is by offering people lump sum settlements that can seem generous to some people, but rarely ever provide for the entire lifetime of care a victim needs.

The May Firm can negotiate for a settlement that truly provides for all of your past, present, and future needs. When an insurance company is unwilling to compensate you appropriately, we will file a lawsuit to try your case in court.

Contact a Garbage Truck Accident Attorney in California

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a garbage truck accident in California? You could be entitled to compensation for all of your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages.

The May Firm has seven offices throughout the state, including locations in San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Fresno, Bakersfield, Chula Vista, and Long Beach. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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