Garbage trucks, just like any other truck, are massive vehicles that can cause catastrophic damage if they are involved in a crash. New York City is home to the largest sanitation department in the world, and maintains a fleet of more than 2,200 trucks that are used to handle the approximately 12,000 tons of trash and recycling that are left out for pickup every day. It only takes one mistake or negligent act to turn the 20 to 32 ton garbage truck into a massive safety hazard that could cause a devastating injury or destroy any property in its path.
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While garbage trucks may be vital parts of our nation’s infrastructure responsible for keeping our streets free from mountains of trash, their operators need to take care not to cause a collision while driving their routes through the city. If you’ve spent even five minutes driving through NYC you will be well aware of just how narrow and hectic the streets can be. Not only do sanitation workers need to navigate their massive trucks through the same small spaces you squeeze through in your noticeably smaller vehicle, they need to do it while constantly stopping and starting up again to collect the trash along the way.
Garbage trucks can cause crashes for a variety of reasons, including improperly trained drivers or negligent acts. According to the most recent data from the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) there were over 1,300 accidents involving sanitation vehicles in 2012, and the City paid out over $37 million to settle these claims. While many of these involved sideswiped cars and broken side view mirrors, several crashes resulted in serious injuries and completely demolished vehicles.
You need to act quickly if you were involved in a crash with a garbage truck in New York City. The City will only accept an accident report if it’s filed with 90 days of the crash, so call 311 as soon as possible to inform them. If you were seriously injured in said crash, you need to hire qualified legal representation to assist you with your claim in order to fight for the maximum compensation possible. Give us a call today at (212) 577-9325 to speak with one of our NYC garbage truck accident lawyers, or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation.
The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.
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