Houston Garbage Truck Accidents Attorneys
Attorney Tom and his team of trial lawyers are here to provide compassionate, aggressive representation for people who have been hurt in collisions with garbage trucks. Motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians are you are no match for these vehicles which can weigh 33,000 pounds when empty, and nearly 50,000 pounds when full. Any collision can and often does result in severe, catastrophic, or potentially fatal injuries for those involved.
Because these vehicles travel city and neighborhood streets regularly, drivers and the companies that employ them have a responsibility to operate with care and caution to keep everyone on the road safe. When they fail in that duty and someone is hurt as a result, they can and should be held liable for the injuries and property damage they cause.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a garbage truck, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. If you are facing medical bills, loss of work, and the stress of financial uncertainty, we can help. The Houston garbage truck accident lawyers with Attorney Tom believe that you shouldn’t have to carry the financial responsibility for an accident that was someone else’s fault.
Why You Need a Lawyer
The circumstances surrounding each garbage truck accident are unique, so it is best to speak with an experienced attorney who can determine the best legal course of action for your unique case.
The complex legal process may be difficult to navigate while you are trying to recover from your injuries. Determining who is liable for the accident that caused your injuries can be complicated in garbage truck accidents, because more than one party may be liable. Hiring a qualified lawyer to investigate and evaluate the circumstances of your accident will bring you the most success in holding the right parties accountable to pay for your damages.
Victims who are hurt by a garbage truck may find themselves in a contentious battle against a large commercial operation, a municipal entity, or their insurance companies. With their enormous resources and financial backing, winning a fair settlement by yourself can seem unattainable. Having a knowledgeable garbage truck accident attorney by your side will give you the confidence to face these entities and recover damages for your injuries.
Insurance and waste management companies and their insurers may try to avoid paying you fair compensation if you’ve been hurt, leaving you to bear the financial and medical burden alone. A skilled attorney will negotiate with them on your behalf for a fair settlement. If they deny your claim or refuse to offer you a fair settlement that accounts for all of the costs you have and will incur, your attorney will file a lawsuit to secure compensation in court. Consult with a qualified garbage truck accident attorney before you speak with any representatives from the liable party or their insurance company, and protect yourself and your injury claim.
Who May Be Liable in a Garbage Truck Accident
Garbage truck accidents pose a unique set of circumstances. The liable party may include the truck driver, the driver’s employer, the truck company, another worker or an insurance company. This can complicate your case, so requires a complete investigation. Depending on the circumstances involved in the incident, any of the following parties may be liable for your damages:
- The driver or operator of the truck
- A private waste management company that owns or leases the truck
- A government entity
- The party responsible for conducting truck maintenance
- The manufacturer of the truck or a defective part
- Another driver who contributed to the accident
- Another third party whose negligence played a role in the accident
Attorney Tom believes that all liable parties should be held accountable. Garbage truck drivers are required to exercise the same standards and regulations as other commercial driver’s license holders and waste management companies are also held to standardized safety regulations. When drivers and operators act carelessly and others are injured as a result, they owe you compensation for the damages caused by their negligence.
Attorney Tom and his team of legal professionals will gather all the necessary evidence for your case, conduct an investigation of your accident to identify all the liable parties. We will work tirelessly to hold the responsible parties accountable and win the compensation and justice that you deserve for your terrible accident.
Common Causes of Garbage Truck Accidents
Because of the sheer size and weight of garbage trucks, and because they travel many miles through residential neighborhoods, there are special safety precautions that waste management operators must be trained for.
There’s a wide variety of factors that can lead to a garbage truck accident, including the following:
- Distracted drivers
- Fatigued drivers
- Mechanical failure
- Driver error
- Defective trucks/truck parts
- Unsafe road conditions
- Lack of proper truck maintenance
- Insufficient supervision
- Inadequate safety training
Attorney Tom will properly investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, determine the exact cause, and hold the responsible parties accountable. Contact us immediately to discuss your case and begin the investigation.
What to Do After a Garbage Truck Accident
After any traumatic accident, there is a degree of shock and confusion that victims must get through. Decisions about what to do next may become more difficult. You may worry about making mistakes that will leave you vulnerable. There are several important steps that you can take after an accident with a garbage truck that will help to protect your rights. Immediately after the crash, take these following steps:
- Seek medical attention and report the accident to the police. See a doctor even if your injuries seem minor. Not all injuries present themselves right away.
- Get contact information from every person involved at the scene of the accident, including any witnesses, as well as the names and badge numbers of any police officers who report to the scene.
- Document images of the scene, including the vehicles involved, the surrounding area, the roadway, the weather conditions, and all physical injuries.
- Do not admit fault, apologize for the crash, which may mistakenly give someone the impression that you are liable for the accident. 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. It is best not to speak with any representatives from the liable party at all until you have spoken with an experienced garbage truck accident attorney.
- Obtain the police report and gather all other relevant documents, including medical reports, wage receipts, and other expense receipts related to your injuries.
- Call a qualified garbage truck accident attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
The experienced team with Attorney Tom will help you through each step of the legal process to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the maximum compensation for the damages you have suffered as a result of your injuries.
Compensation for Garbage Truck Injuries
The lawyers with Attorney Tom understand the emotional stress and economic strain you go through after a serious accident, especially if you are unable to work due to the severity of your injuries. We are committed to ensuring that you are awarded compensation for your financial and non-financial damages. The types of compensation that we can recover include:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Loss of earnings and future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life or companionship
In addition to suffering physical and emotional injuries, you shouldn’t have to carry the financial burden for someone else’s negligence. Our team has experience in successfully recovering the maximum compensation for victims who have been injured in garbage truck accidents.
Why Choose Attorney Tom
The experienced legal professionals with Attorney Tom will help you recover compensation to pay your financial damages like medical bills and lost wages, as well as non-financial damages, such as pain and suffering. Our attorneys strongly believe that the person or persons whose negligence caused your injuries should be held fully accountable.
Our team of highly skilled attorneys, experts, and paralegals collaborate together in the investigation, case development, settlement negotiation, and court trials of garbage truck accidents. We will collect all of the documents relevant to the incident, then investigate all the circumstances surrounding the accident and your injuries, as well as calculate your damages. Attorney Tom‘s team can handle all aspects of your case for you, including securing medical treatment to aid in your recovery.
Our skilled negotiators will communicate with the insurance adjusters and their representatives on your behalf while you focus on your recovery. Our attorneys are familiar with insurance agents’ tricks and will not accept settlement offers that are too low. We will work for the maximum settlement or build the best possible case to present in court. We will aggressively fight to see that you are fully compensated and free of the financial stress caused by the accident.
Rely on the trial-winning experience of Attorney Tom to fight for the compensation and justice that you and your family deserve. Contact our team today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Contact Us Today
Attorney Tom is committed to representing injured victims of garbage truck accidents. We have the financial resources to conduct a thorough investigation that may include consultants and experts to build a sound case that is tailored to your unique circumstances. We will cover all expenses related to the cost of your claim until we win compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact our team by submitting a form online or calling (713) 244-6363 today.