Certain conditions–such as a lack of motor vehicle safety on the driver’s part–can increase the risk associated with driving a car or motorcycle. This can be especially true with large motor vehicles like a garbage truck. Dangerous road conditions can be due to inclement weather, poor visibility, abnormally high traffic, the presence of workers on or near the road, and a number of other factors.
If you were in a garbage truck accident that happened because of dangerous road conditions, the truck driver who caused your accident may be liable for not taking the necessary precautions. Call our team at Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771 to discuss your options for pursuing compensation.
Certain Conditions Heighten the Risk of Collision
Dangerous driving conditions increase the risk of crashes to a significant degree. The climate and geography of the location where you are driving determine the sort of adverse road conditions that you may face. Some possible forms of adverse weather include:
- Fog, which may decrease your visibility in a major way.
- Rain, which not only hurts visibility, but also increases the risk of you losing control of the vehicle and taking longer to brake.
- The presence of smoke from a nearby fire.
- Hail, which can increase visibility and cause a massive distraction to drivers.
- Abnormally high winds, which may make it more difficult for you to control your vehicle.
- The presence of construction.
- Abnormally dense traffic.
- The presence of debris on the road.
There are nearly endless scenarios that can put you, other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at an increased risk of a crash, and sustaining the injuries or deaths that can easily result from such a crash. For this reason, all drivers have a responsibility to take slippery road conditions and other factors into account and adjust their driving behaviors accordingly says the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
For a free legal consultation with a Driving Too Fast for Conditions lawyer serving Slidell, call 800-537-8185
Dangerous Conditions Require Conservative Driving
Garbage truck drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully in all types of adverse weather conditions. This includes driving more slowly in inclement weather.
Failure to do this may have contributed to your accident and injuries. The person or people responsible for such a failure could be responsible for some or all of your losses.
In addition to driving more slowly, garbage truck drivers must follow other safety measures such as:
- Turning on headlights or brights, if necessary.
- Maintaining a significant distance from the vehicle in front.
- Taking extra precautions when turning.
- Maintaining a safe distance from all other road users.
- Braking early and often.
Driving dangerously in unsafe conditions presents a risk to yourself, other drivers, passengers in all vehicles, and any pedestrians near the roadway. When somebody fails to take extra precaution in dangerous conditions and causes an accident, they could be financially liable for your losses.
Truck Accidents Take a Great Toll
Motor vehicle collisions remain one of the leading causes of death in America, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Driving vehicles that are over 1,000 pounds at high rates of speed is inherently dangerous. When two vehicles collide, those injured by the collision may:
- Lose their life
- Be paralyzed
- Suffer another form of serious injury
- Suffer from a permanent disability
- Require emergency medical care to save their life
- Endure life-long trauma
- Suffer scarring and other disfigurement
This can be especially true if one of the vehicles is a garbage truck. If you sustained any of these outcomes—or another negative outcome not listed here—as a result of an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Call our legal team at Morris Bart, LLC today at (504) 613-4771 for a free consultation.
Parties That May Be Liable for Your Garbage Truck Accident
Truck accidents are often more complex than your typical vehicle accident as several parties may be liable. They may include:
- The truck driver: If the garbage truck driver was operating the vehicle too fast for conditions, they may be liable for any accident that occurs.
- The trucking company: Per vicarious liability laws, the trucking company may be liable for any action its employees take within the scope of their employment.
- Manufacturer: In some cases, you may also be able to hold a manufacturer liable if a part defect contributed to the accident.
A Slidell driving too fast for conditions lawyer can help you determine all liable parties in your accident.
Call a Slidell Driving Too Fast for Conditions Lawyer for Help
If you are recovering from serious injury or coping with the death of a loved one, allow a lawyer to handle your fight for the compensation that you are entitled to. A Slidell driving too fast for conditions lawyer will assess the details of your case, help you identify who is responsible for your losses, and then:
- Craft the necessary paperwork and submit your case to the court.
- Interview witnesses and collect evidence then organize such information into a case for compensation.
- Make you aware of any settlements that the defense offers you.
- Handle every aspect of your case from start to finish.
- Defend your rights as you focus on physical and psychological recovery.
If your Slidell driving too fast for conditions attorney proves to the court that another person is liable for your injuries (or loved one’s death), you may be able to collect awards covering various losses, possibly including:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income wages
Call Our Team at Morris Bart, LLC Today
Do not wait to call our legal team. Litigation related to garbage truck accidents may be subject to a statute of limitations that limits your opportunity to pursue awards. Call our team today at (504) 613-4771 to discuss the next steps in the pursuit of any awards that you deserve.
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