When most people think about Maryland truck accidents, they picture semi-trucks on highways, getting into crashes with cars or other vehicles on the road. While these types of crashes do occur with some frequency, it is important to remember they are not the only type of Maryland truck accident to be on the lookout for. Sometimes truck accidents can happen where you least expect them to—like in a quiet neighborhood.
For example, take a recent close call with a garbage truck, as it drove through a Florida neighborhood. According to a recent news report, a 7-year-old boy was playing in his grandmother’s yard when he decided to hide inside of her garbage can. Moments later, the garbage truck arrived, and the garbage can was picked up and the boy was tossed into the bed of the truck with the collected trash. The boy would have been killed had it not been for the quick thinking of the driver, who has been working as a sanitation worker for 11 years and spotted the boy immediately falling into the truck via his camera. He said that he and other drivers in the county are trained to look at the cameras to avoid incidents, because there are so many blind spots while driving a garbage truck. As soon as he saw what happened, he quickly stopped the truck and rescued the boy, making sure he was not crushed. After the boy was safely out, he told the local news station that he was scared when the can was picked up—“I think I was most scared about me turning into apple sauce or fruit punch.”
Fortunately, this near-fatal accident was only a close call, and no one was actually hurt or injured. But the incident highlights how Maryland truck accidents can happen almost anywhere, and when people least expect them. No one really expects that the garbage truck coming through the neighborhood could lead to the tragic death of a child, but unfortunately it is possible. While Maryland residents should always make sure that their children do not climb into their garbage cans—especially on trash pickup day—there may be other unexpected truck accidents that they are unable to avoid. In those unfortunate circumstances, nothing can undo the damage that has been done. However, state law does allow those injured—or those who lose a loved one—to file a personal injury suit to recover monetarily. While this is obviously no substitute for avoiding an accident in the first place, the lawsuits can at least help families financially while they recover.