Garbage Truck Accidents

garbage truck accident

Garbage trucks provide a critical service to the community by hauling away and disposing of refuse. But like any large vehicle on the roadway, when involved in an accident, garbage trucks can cause serious injuries such as brain injuries, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries or wrongful death. Garbage truck accidents can be caused by:

  1. A Negligent Driver -- The driver's negligence can take many forms including speeding, driving the garbage truck while under the influence, texting while driving, etc.

  2. Defective equipment -- Under Tennessee product liability law, a garbage truck manufacturer may be legally responsible for an accident if they supplied equipment which was either defective or unreasonably dangerous.

  3. Poor Maintenance -- All components of the garbage truck must be properly maintained by the trash company. For example, if the garbage truck accident was caused by brake failure, the garbage truck company may be responsible.

  4. Falling Objects -- Improperly secured objects which fall from the garbage truck can create a serious road hazard for other drivers.  Many garbage companies simply use pick-up trucks outfitted with plywood sides which do not thoroughly contain the trash making it more likely to fall and cause a crash.

  5. Pedestrian and Bicycle Accident -- Most garbage trucks are not equipped with back-up cameras so they present a special hazard to pedestrians and bicyclists in their path.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a garbage truck accident, our award-winning lawyers can help you get the compensatory and, if appropriate, punitive damages you deserve.

At the Law Offices of John Day, our garbage truck attorneys conduct an in-depth investigation into the cause of your accident so that we can hold all at-fault parties accountable for your losses. We will obtain and analyze the driving history of the garbage truck driver and the maintenance records for the vehicle, interview witnesses, inspect the accident scene, hire accident reconstruction and engineering experts (if necessary), and much more to protect your rights.

We know that accident victims have lots of questions and our experienced and award-winning attorneys have answers.  So that you can better understand your legal rights and options, we offer a free consultation that is without obligation.   Choosing the right lawyer is critical so take some time to understand the process before you hire any lawyer, including us.  Review our FAQ Guides on How to Select a Personal Injury Lawyer and How to Prepare for a Meeting with an Injury Lawyer so you know the questions you should ask and how to make the meeting as productive for you as possible. 

We represent injury victims across the State of Tennessee and would be honored to help you too.  If you are unable to come to our office, we will gladly come to your home, the hospital or another location of your choosing.  And because we only get paid if we win and we advance all case expenses, you are never out of pocket any money to pursue your garbage truck accident.  For more information on fees and expenses, review our How Much Do You Charge page. 

If you would like to discuss your garbage truck accident, contact us online or call us at one of our three convenient office locations:

Nashville: 615-669-3993

Murfreesboro: 615-867-9900

Brentwood: 615-742-4880

Toll-Free: 866-812-8787

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