Grand Junction Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers
Hauling sanitary waste and garbage in a single city requires a fleet of powerful, heavy vehicles operating throughout the week, and the demands are even higher for an area as large as Mesa County. With the constant flow of garbage trucks through our neighborhoods, there is always the risk of a collision or serious accident. That risk can rise drastically when negligent or inexperienced drivers are at the wheel.
The costs of garbage truck accidents are often placed on the shoulders of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other innocent drivers. But if a negligent garbage truck driver caused your injuries, you should not have to pay for these costs alone. You deserve full compensation for your trauma, ranging from your medical bills to the emotional toll of the accident.
To get proper compensation after a garbage truck accident, work with our team at Peters & Nolan, LLC. Our Grand Junction garbage truck accident lawyers have decades of trial experience. We can investigate the driver or hauling company that injured you, collect evidence to support your claim, and fight to get you full compensation in a settlement negotiation or a jury trial. Call us at (970) 243-4357 to talk about what happened to you in a free consultation.
Dump trucks can weigh tens of thousands of pounds when empty, and, when fully loaded, much more. For their drivers, coming to a complete stop can be difficult, and anything in the path of a garbage truck can be crushed.
Given that they are heavily used in residential and commercial areas, accidents involving heavy trucks can involve multiple drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Their proximity to homes and businesses means their drivers should always be on the lookout for smaller vehicles and pedestrians. Unfortunately, if a driver is distracted or rushing to complete a route, he could forgot to check a blind spot, causing a sideswipe, or T-bone another vehicle at an intersection or exit. Joggers and bicyclists are at particular risk of being injured by garbage trucks, especially during the low-visibility, early hours of the day.
No matter the situation, garbage truck drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles as safely as possible. While these vehicles have some unique rights on the road, none of them justify putting other drivers or pedestrians in danger.
Negligent actions that can lead to a garbage truck accident include:
- Aggressive driving and tailgating
- Talking on a cell phone or texting
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving while intoxicated
- Failing to check blind spots
- Making reckless turns
The process of getting compensation after a garbage truck accident will vary depending on who owned the vehicle. In Mesa County, garbage trucks are largely operated by the Mesa County Solid Waste Management, but there are also third-party, private hauling companies.
If your injuries were caused by a Mesa County Solid Waste Management garbage truck, then you may have a government vehicle accident claim. Claims made against government agencies have strict filing deadlines. Victims must submit a notice to the government agency within 180 days of the accident to be eligible for compensation. After receiving the notice, the government agency must reply with a decision within 90 days. If you do not receive a response or your claim is denied, you can file a lawsuit against the agency in civil court to recover compensation. Given how complex these claims are, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure your claim is filed properly.
For accidents involving third-party hauling companies, you may have a car accident claim against garbage truck’s insurance provider. With a private insurance claim, you have up to three years from the date of the accident to file a claim or lawsuit against the provider. This will still be a tough battle, as insurance companies never want to pay full compensation right out the gate. But our legal team has fought against big insurance companies before and we know how to hold them to their policies.
If you or someone you love was injured by a negligent garbage truck driver or hauling company, do not hesitate to reach out to a Grand Junction personal injury attorney at Peters & Nolan, LLC. With decades of experience under our belts, we can sit down with you in a free consultation and explain if you have a case. We will look at every piece of evidence, from witness testimony to police reports to accident photos, to build a strong case for compensation. Call us today at (970) 243-4357 to get started on your case.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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