Garbage trucks are big, stinky, and generally viewed as a nuisance to pedestrians and motorists alike. However, garbage trucks are not only annoying but also dangerous. Maryland garbage truck accidents account for a significant number of the state’s truck accidents. In part, this is due to the fact that garbage trucks are enormous vehicles that are constantly stopping in what seems to be an unpredictable manner.
When it comes to sharing the road with large trucks in general, both motorists and truck drivers have certain duties that must be followed. For instance, motorists should provide ample room for garbage trucks and should only pass a stopped or slow-moving truck when it is legal and safe to do so.
On the other hand, garbage truck drivers must take precautions when operating these large trucks on small city streets where motorists may not be accustomed to sharing the road with such large vehicles. Additionally, garbage trucks must be properly equipped with mirrors, lights, signals, and other safety equipment.
When someone is injured in a Maryland garbage truck accident, the truck driver may be liable for a motorist’s injuries, depending on the circumstances of the accident. In some cases, there may be additional parties that are responsible for the motorist’s injuries, such as the truck driver’s employer. The specifics of a Maryland truck accident should be discussed with an experienced personal injury attorney to determine which course of action is appropriate, given the circumstances.
Teen Injured in Accident with Garbage Truck
Earlier this month, a teenager on his way to school was seriously injured when he was involved in an accident with a garbage truck. According to a local news report, the accident occurred in the morning hours when the student was on his way to school.
Evidently, the student rear-ended the garbage truck, which was stopped in the middle of the road and preparing to back down a private driveway. Authorities believe that the student may have been in a hurry and not seen the garbage truck; however, the investigation is still underway. While at this early juncture, authorities seem to believe that the accident was caused by the motorist’s negligence, it has not been determined if the garbage truck’s lights and signals were properly illuminated prior to the accident.
Have You Been Injured in a Maryland Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in any kind of Maryland truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The dedicated Maryland personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC routinely bring cases on behalf of their injured clients against negligent drivers. We have represented thousands of clients in Maryland personal injury cases, and we have a track record of success across all of our areas of practice. Call 410-654-3600 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
Establishing Liability in Maryland Chain Reaction Truck Accidents, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 17, 2018.
Trucking Industry Opposes New Regulations Requiring Electronic Rest Logs, Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyer Blog, published January 4, 2018.