New York Garbage Truck Lawyers
NYC Auto Accident Attorneys Protecting the Rights of People Injured in Garbage Truck Accidents
Garbage truck accidents have been in the news recently. In fact, fatal accidents involving garbage trucks have gotten so out of hand that it is not an exaggeration to say New York City is facing an epidemic of garbage truck accidents.
There was the accident in Brooklyn in 2018 in which a sanitation truck driver sideswiped 9 vehicles and ended up crashing into someone’s porch. Then there was the accident in East Village in which a sanitation driver struck and killed a pedestrian in October 2018. And who can forget the hit-and-run accident in early 2019, perpetrated in the South Bronx by a city sanitation truck driver, which left one victim dead?
After an accident with a sanitation driver, please contact our law firm today. One of our New York City garbage truck lawyers will meet with you for a free consultation to discuss how you might go about getting compensation after one of these accidents.
Why Garbage Trucks Are So Dangerous
For one thing, these trucks are very large and heavy. Getting hit by a garbage truck isn’t anything like getting rear-ended by a Toyota Camry or Ford Focus. Given their size, garbage trucks can cause devastating injuries to motorists and pedestrians.
Also, many garbage trucks are not properly maintained. As the New York Daily News reported back in 2016, around 50% of all garbage trucks have maintenance issues. Among the problems were balding tires and malfunctioning brakes. One driver reported not having windshield wipers on his truck! It is a wonder that more people aren’t hit by these trucks.
Drivers of private garbage trucks also routinely work more hours than they should. Operating in tight spaces and suffering from fatigue, these drivers can make critical errors, costing innocent people their lives. If you’ve been injured, meet with a New York City garbage truck attorney to review whether you have a claim.
Damages for a Garbage Truck Accident
In a lawsuit or settlement, our clients have sought compensation in the form of “damages.” Common damages include:
- Medical care
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Future lost earning’s capacity
- Property damage, including damage to our client’s vehicle
- Pain and suffering
You also might qualify for punitive damages, especially where a private garbage truck operator has multiple safety violations that are deliberately ignored. A jury can award punitive damages to punish a defendant, but the injured victim keeps the compensation. Although not awarded in every case, punitive damages can dramatically increase the amount our clients receive and serve as an incentive for the sanitation business to improve its safety.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a New York Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer
Bringing a case against a garbage truck operator or company is complicated. This is especially true if you want to sue the city after injury with one of its trucks. Always meet with an attorney to review your case so you can ensure that you meet certain deadlines.
At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, we are truly committed to our clients’ well-being and will do everything we can to maximize the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation by calling 212-285-3300 or filling out our contact form.