Have you ever been stuck behind a trash truck and worried about an accident? Trash truck accidents may be handled differently than a motor vehicle accident, so residents of Texas might want to learn more about how these incidents are handled. In some states, garbage trucks may be government entities and have limits to liability.
Public trash removal
According to The National Law Review, recovering costs from injuries from a garbage truck accident may depend on whether the waste removal services are from a private or county or city business. The state may limit the amount that can be claimed against a public trash removal service.
It is typical that the state or county is responsible for trash pickup. Some states may allow cases against the government; however, they may have a cap on the limits that can be paid out. Other states might have limits on the type of cases that can be brought against them.
Private companies are contracted
Some states may contract out the removal of trash. These garbage trucks may be more liable in the case of motor vehicle accidents.
Some states require proof that the truck driver was negligent and at fault. Trash trucks in some cities and states do not follow usual rules of the road and may drive or stop within a bike lane or drive down a one-way street the wrong way. It may not be easy to prove the driver was negligent if you have an accident due to these circumstances.
If you have an accident with a trash truck or any other large truck, it may be wise to consult an attorney with this type of legal experience. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you move on with your life after the accident.