For almost 100 years, Rumpke garbage trucks have provided both residential and commercial trash and recycling services through Ohio as well as Kentucky, Indiana, and West Virginia. While garbage trucks have become a keystone of modern life, a potential Rumpke garbage truck accident also represents a substantial safety hazard. All Ohio motorists and passengers should understand what makes garbage truck accidents so dangerous.
Just like other large commercial vehicles, garbage trucks have several characteristics including large blind spots and difficulty maneuvering that make accidents involving them more likely. While a motorist might be able to correct a small error while driving and remain safe, even the tiniest errors while navigating a garbage truck through a tight space can lead to deadly accidents.
Garbage trucks are constantly backing up, stopping, and turning, which significantly increases the chances of accidents. Consequently, Rumpke and other garbage truck drivers must exercise the highest degree of caution when performing their jobs.
When garbage truck accidents do occur, the resulting injuries are almost always severe. Some of the most common injuries faced by garbage truck accident victims include:
Additionally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2017 there 107 fatalities as the result of garbage and refuse truck accidents. Approximately 25% of the people who were killed in these accidents are sanitation workers.
Some unique dangers are created by garbage trucks, but a few of the most common ways in which garbage truck accidents occur include:
It should come as no surprise that the United States Department of Labor lists garbage truck operation as a dangerous profession. Whether it is a Rumpke truck or any other type of garbage truck, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration recommends that drivers follow several important safety standards, which include:
Failure to adhere to these safety standards can greatly endanger the lives of workers and others. Evidence of failure to conform with any of these requirements can also be used in a court of law to show that a garbage truck operator was acting negligently.
There are many cases involving Rumpke truck accidents. For example, consider the following stories:
If you or a loved one was injured in a garbage truck accident, remember that you have the right to pursue compensation. At Kruger & Hodges, we have helped many accident victims, and we remain committed to fighting for the results you deserve. Contact us today.