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Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer > Columbia Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer

Columbia Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer

Garbage trucks are critical to the sanitation of cities like Columbia. Without them, trash would pile up on the streets, and no one would enjoy going outside. Sanitation vehicles lumber around the city, especially in the mornings, to collect trash.

Any collision with a garbage truck is potentially life-altering. These are heavy, large vehicles. Many garbage truck drivers are not focused in the early morning, and they might not expect motorists to back out of driveways or pedestrians to cross the street in front of them. Call The Stanley Law Group if you are involved in a collision. A Columbia garbage truck accident lawyer is an excellent resource following a crash.

Prime Reasons Behind Accidents

  • Driver distraction, including using a cell phone while driving
  • Driver fatigue, especially at the early morning hours
  • Careless driving, such as speeding, turning without a blinker, running a red light, or failing to yield
  • Truck malfunction, which can make the truck hard to handle
  • Flying trash or debris, which can strike a vehicle or cause a motorist to swerve

These are some of the most common reasons for collisions. Call our firm for help with an investigation. You’ll need to establish liability for the crash to receive any financial compensation. We rely on various pieces of evidence, including witnesses and video evidence. Many businesses in Columbia have security cameras pointed toward the road or alleyway, which might have caught the collision.

Some defendants will blame you for the wreck. If your share of fault is greater than the defendants, you won’t receive anything. Even a little bit of fault will result in reduced compensation for:

  • Your medical treatment. Garbage trucks cause major, traumatic injuries, such as chest injuries, spinal column injuries, and concussions, among others.
  • Lost wages when you can’t work while you recover.
  • Future losses, including ongoing medical treatment for your injuries and loss of earning capacity.
  • Property damage, including damage to your vehicle.
  • Pain and suffering and other intangible losses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

How Garbage Truck Accidents Are Different

One mistake is assuming these cases are no different than other accidents. But accidents involving garbage trucks are in many ways more complicated.

One issue is determining the correct defendant. Some sanitation companies are private; others work for the government. If you need to sue the government, then there is a special process laid out in the South Carolina Tort Claims Act. We can help you meet the requirements.

Another complication is negotiating a settlement when you have serious injuries. Much more financial compensation is on the line after a crash with a heavy garbage truck. Defendants are usually more aggressive at defending themselves, so reaching a settlement is hard work. You need a lawyer to do the heavy lifting for you.

Call The Stanley Law Group

Our team is ready to assist accident victims with their legal claims. If hired, we will take over your case, finding helpful evidence and documenting your injuries. We also bring decades of experience to bear when it comes to negotiating with defendants. Call to speak with a Columbia garbage truck accident lawyer.

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