In Louisiana, garbage trucks on the road are just another part of life. They come into your neighborhoods on a schedule, picking up trash to take to the dump. But what if you get into a crash with one of these large vehicles? McGlynn, Glisson & Mouton, are here to help.
First, garbage trucks are cumbersome vehicles that are somewhat difficult to navigate through cramped quarters. Due to their bulky size, they often have specialized mirrors placed around the truck’s body to help drivers see into all of their blind spots. Unfortunately, a truck that isn’t equipped with proper mirrors or one with faulty equipment can be risky to drive around. Smaller vehicles could remain unseen if a truck driver can’t get a good look at those blind spots.
Additionally, the hind view of a dump truck is very poor. Some accidents occur when these drivers back out of dump sites or construction zones without clearance, or without checking the road behind them well. Dump truck drivers also have a rigorous schedule, which can lead to a common problem among commercial truck drivers: sleep deprivation. Driving while exhausted can actually be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, creating a dicey situation for both the driver and everyone around them.
If you have been in a car crash that involved a dump truck, consider taking a look at our web page on motor vehicle crashes linked here. You can look into commercial vehicle crashes specifically, which are often treated a little differently than other types of car crashes.