Houston Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers
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Specially designed to collect waste from residential and commercial properties and transport it to treatment facilities, garbage trucks are a common site throughout Houston. Sharing the road with these noisy, immense vehicles can be unnerving—to say the least. At times, it can be dangerous or even deadly.
A collision with a garbage truck is likely to leave occupants of the other vehicle or non-occupants (such as pedestrians or cyclists) with catastrophic injuries that forever change their lives. Some garbage truck accident victims lose their lives. When this happens, victims and their families need a law firm they can turn to for compassionate support and powerful legal counsel. That’s Arnold & Itkin.
We believe in fighting for people in all walks of life who have suffered harm through no fault of their own. To find out how we can help you, call (888) 493-1629.
Types of Garbage Trucks
The technical name for a garbage truck is a waste collection vehicle or a refuse collection vehicle (RCV). There are different types of trucks, depending on the type of waste they collect.
Our attorneys represent victims of Houston garbage truck accidents involving:
- Front, side, and rear loader garbage trucks
- Compost trucks
- Recycling trucks
- Hazardous waste trucks
- Grapple trucks
- Roll off garbage trucks
- Pneumatic collection (from underground holding areas)
These vehicles are enormous and difficult to maneuver. They have large blind spots and require experienced drivers to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. If a driver is negligent or careless, or a waste disposal company fails to properly maintain or inspect its trucks, other people may pay the ultimate price. Our firm is committed to helping these people get the guidance, care, and support they need. We handle garbage truck accident cases for clients in Houston and throughout the country—stopping at nothing to see justice served.
Commercial Licensing for Drivers of Garbage Trucks
Licensing requirements differ from state to state, but those who drive garbage trucks are required to be specially trained to do so. Most states require some degree of a commercial driver's license. In cooperation with the Department of Transportation, a potential driver must pass an examination and may have to pass a drug test, as well.
The DOT requires that drivers wishing to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License must comply with these regulations:
- Must be at least 21 years old (although some states do not hold to this standard)
- Must never drive with a BAC above 0.04%
If a driver does not have the proper licensing and causes an accident, they and their employer may be held liable for any damages.