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A garbage truck, also known as a waste collection vehicle (WCV), is a truck designed to pick up waste and haul it to landfills and/or recycling or treatment facilities.

We see these trucks on the roads and in our neighborhoods regularly. Unfortunately, if a garbage truck is involved in an accident with a car, motorcycle, or someone on foot, the consequences can be very serious and even fatal. The garbage truck accident and injury attorneys of Munley Law have more than 50 years of experience dealing with garbage truck companies and their insurance companies on behalf of accident victims across Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

Munley Law is the only law firm in the U.S. with two lawyers who have served as chair of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. Both Daniel Munley and Marion Munley have led this elite group of truck accident lawyers; Marion was the first woman in the group’s history to hold the title.   We have devoted years of practice to trucking cases and have won may large cases involving garbage trucks, including a $6.5 million settlement for the driver of a car involved in an accident with a garbage truck. Our truck accident lawyers have won millions of dollars in settlements and trial verdicts, including numerous multi-million-dollar cases. For a list of some of our trucking accident settlement and verdicts, please visit the main Trucking Law page of our website.

We Are Ready to Help You with your Garbage Truck Accident Case Today

Our staff includes our highly credentialed and award winning lawyers, paralegals and other professionals who are specially trained to assist in the investigation, development, negotiation and trials of garbage truck accident cases.  Our law firm works as a team and so you will have the benefit of having many of our lawyers work on and evaluate your case.  We have worked hard for our clients and are considered among the Best Lawyers in America. We have developed a unique specialty in trucking law and in garbage truck cases.  We can help you  figure out how to pay your medical bills and recover for your lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death and other damages.  We know the best experts, to help us work on your cases and bring you the justice you deserve. Our case evaluations are FREE and we do not collect a fee unless we win your case.

Why Do Garbage Trucks Crash?

There is no one reason to explain the astounding number of that garbage trucks collisions. However, the following factors are common causes of these accidents:

Inclement Weather: Garbage collectors are expected to pick up trash and recycling in rain, snow, sleet, wind, and hail. However, these conditions can greatly reduce drivers’ visibility, blow trees and hazardous materials into the streets, and create slippery road conditions.

Frequent Stopping: By its nature, waste management requires trash collectors to stop at every home and business. Rear-end collisions can occur when garbage truck drivers stop suddenly or when other motor-vehicle operators are tailgating or not expecting the truck to stop. Frequent stopping can also excessively wear out the truck’s breaks and make it more difficult to quickly stop in an emergency.

Route Locations: Garbage trucks go where the garbage is, and that means that waste collection routes include residential neighborhoods, shopping centers, malls, and other commercial areas. Because the trucks are so large and loud, and because drivers sit up high in the cab, it is sometimes difficult for them to see children and property that is close to the ground. Sadly, that is why there is a high incidence of garbage truck accidents with child victims.

Failure to Inspect and Maintain Equipment: Design and manufacturing defects can produce faulty truck equipment. Garbage trucks drive thousands of miles on their collection routes each week, so when waste management companies fail to properly inspect and repair these problems, accidents occur.

Driver Negligence: When garbage truck collectors drive negligently, they put the lives of their coworkers, pedestrians, and other drivers of cars, SUVs, trucks, buses, and bicycles at risk. Speeding, disobeying stop signs and traffic lights, failure to use turn signals, and other driving violations can result in serious harm. Drivers who text, talk on the phone, fiddle with the radio, or are otherwise distracted also cause collisions.

Who Are the Victims of Garbage Truck Accidents?

Waste Management Employees: Waste management and garbage collecting can be a dangerous job.  Because they are around trucks and hazardous materials every day, trash collectors are the most likely victims of garbage truck accidents. In fact, there are 25 work-related deaths for every 100,000 full time waste management employees, making trash collection one of the deadliest jobs in the United States. If you are a garbage collector, waste management worker, or DPW employee who suffered serious injury in a garbage truck accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation and potential third-party damages. A lawyer can review your situation and explain what options are available to you.

Other Drivers: Garbage trucks also frequently collide with other vehicles along their routes. Cars, SUVs, buses, and trucks may crash with WCVs due to poor road conditions, unexpected stopping, and tailgating.

Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Because bicyclists and pedestrians are smaller and lower to the ground that motor-vehicles, they may be hit by garbage truck drivers who do not see them. This is especially a problem when bikers and pedestrians are standing directly behind a garbage truck in its blind spots.

What Should I Do If I Am in an Accident with a Garbage Truck?

Immediately after a garbage truck accident, you need to do the following:

  • Seek Medical Attention: It is important that you seek medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor. Because a car accident or truck accident will often cause a rush of adrenaline in your body, it may be days before you begin to feel pain. Furthermore, serious brain injuries can be notoriously difficult to diagnose – you may not realize the effects of brain trauma immediately, so it’s important to get checked by your doctor.
  • Make an official report: Be sure that there is an official report of the accident with the police. This report will contain important information you will need later on if you need to file a claim. Likewise, if you were hurt while on the job, be sure to report the accident to your employer right away.
  • Obtain Witnesses’ and First Responders’ Contact Information: If you are physically able, get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved at the scene of the accident, including any witnesses. Get the names and badge numbers of any police officers who report to the scene as well.
  • Take Photos: Take photos of the accident, the vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and any physical injuries you can document. A cell phone is a valuable tool!
  • Report the Accident to YOUR Insurance Company: Call your insurance company and tell them what happened but do not give a statement to the other party’s insurance company until you have consulted with a lawyer.
  • Call an Experienced Attorney: Our staff includes our highly credentialed and award winning lawyers, paralegals and other professionals who are specially trained to assist in the investigation, development, negotiation and trials of garbage truck accident cases.  Our law firm works as a team and so you will have the benefit of having many of our lawyers work on and evaluate your case.  We have worked hard for our clients and are considered among the Best Lawyers in America. We have developed a unique specialty in trucking law and in garbage truck cases.  We can help you figure out how to pay your medical bills and recover for your lost wages, pain and suffering, wrongful death and other damages.  We know the best experts, to help us work on your cases and bring you the justice you deserve. Our case evaluations are FREE and we do not collect a fee unless we win your case. Call our Garbage Truck Lawsuit Experts Today!

Once you have taken care of these initial matters, you should do the following:

  • Get the Police Report: You should obtain and preserve a copy of the police report and make sure to give a copy to your attorney as well.
  • Keep Expense Records: Maintain a complete record of all expenses incurred, including lost wages, time off from work, medical expenses, travel expenses, and all other costs related to your injuries and the accident.
  • Keep Medical Records: You will likely receive a lot of initial hospital paperwork and additional records as you continue to receive medical treatment. Make sure you keep each of these forms and maintain a detailed record of your doctor visits and all procedures, medications, and treatments.

Call our Garbage Truck Lawsuit  Experts Today

If you have been involved in an accident with a Garbage truck, please call us today. We are ready to help you and put our years of experience to work for you. Call us at (855) 866-5529 or use on online contact form or click on our Chat Now button to chat with a representative immediately to discuss your garbage truck accident case.  Remember, the garbage trucking companies work fast, and so should you. Call now so we can help preserve evidence and give you the best chance of getting the recovery you deserve.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Garbage Truck Accidents

Q: If I am hit by a garbage truck, can I sue?

A: If you have been injured by a garbage truck while driving your car, riding your bike, or while walking, you may be able to sue for your medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The at-fault party may include the truck driver, the driver’s employer, the truck company, or an insurance company. Because every case is different, it is best to speak with an attorney about the specific details of your situation in order to decide the best course of action. We understand that this is difficult, which is why we offer free consultations. So, you risk nothing by coming to speak with one of our car and truck accident lawyers who will answer your questions and guide you through the process.

Q: How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a garbage truck accident?

A: In Pennsylvania, and in most states, the the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. However, the sooner you get in touch with us, the sooner we can get to work. It is always to your benefit to speak with an attorney at our office as soon as you are able to. There will be crucial evidence, witness statements, and information at the scene of the accident that can be lost or destroyed with time. The garbage truck company and their insurance carrier will have conduct their own investigation following the accident, so it is important that you have someone on your side who will do the same.

Q: What should I do if I am in an accident with a garbage truck?

A: Immediately after an accident, here are the things you need to do:

  • It is important that you seek medical attention, even if your injuries seem minor. Because a car accident or truck accident will often cause a rush of adrenaline in your body, it may be days before you begin to feel pain.
  • If you are physically able, get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved at the scene of the accident, including any witnesses. Get the names and badge numbers of any police officers who report to the scene as well.
  • Take photos of the accident, the vehicles involved, the surrounding area, and any physical injuries you can document. A cell phone is a valuable tool!
  • Report the accident to YOUR insurance company; do not give a statement to the other party’s insurance company until you have consulted with a lawyer

*Important next steps:

  • Obtain a copy of the police report
  • Keep a record of all expenses incurred, including lost wages, time off from work, medical expenses, travel expenses, and all other costs related to your injuries and the accident
  • Keep a detailed record of your doctor visits and medical treatment

 Q: How much will it cost to hire an attorney  after a garbage truck accident?

A: At Munley Law, we are well aware of the financial toll caused by a car accident, truck accident, or pedestrian accident involving a garbage truck. That is why we do not collect any fees unless we win your case. Instead, we simply take a fraction of the final settlement or verdict amount.

Read what our clients are saying about us:

“I’m so beyond thankful for my lawyers who have never steered me wrong and were ready to go to war for myself and my children. It has been an amazing experience working with them and I’m so thankful for them. As no amount of money will ever change what happened they made sure we were forever taken care of.” – Katy S., A Truck Accident Client




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I’m so beyond thankful for my lawyers who have never steered me wrong and were ready to go to war for myself and my children. It has been an amazing experience working with them and I’m so thankful for them. As no amount of money will ever change what happened they made sure we were forever taken care of. Katy S., Truck Accident Client

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