In Manhattan as in other parts of the State and throughout the country, garbage collection is required to maintain a healthy borough, but can also endanger the safety of garbage truck drivers and the public. Waste management employees face dangers inherent in their jobs. In fact, sanitation workers and other jobs in the garbage disposal sector face the threat of injury or even death on an everyday basis and are ranked in the ten most dangerous jobs in the United States.
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is responsible for garbage collection throughout NYC. The DSNY is the largest sanitation department in the world. These workers collect and handle over twelve thousand tons of trash every day. The average garbage truck weights between 20-30 tons or more. The incredible size of these vehicles, especially when packed with heavy loads of garbage, can lead to serious injuries in the event of a crash.
Manhattan Garbage Truck Accidents
There are many different types of accidents that occur throughout Manhattan due to sanitation vehicles. One kind of accident is when a trash collection worker, cyclist, biker or pedestrian is struck by a garbage truck. This may happen when the waste pick-up truck is backing up without first checking that it’s safe to do so. Furthermore, if a trash truck is double parked or stopped in an unsafe area, garbage truck workers may be hit by other vehicles.
Manhattan Sanitation Trucks – Responsibilities
- Snow plowing and salting prior to a winter storm
- Collecting garbage on a regular basis from private homes, apartments, condos and businesses
How Do Manhattan Garbage Truck Accidents Happen?
Some of the more common causes of sanitation truck accidents are:
- Dangerous road conditions such as ice, snow, or other inclement weather make it especially dangerous for garbage truck operators because sanitation trucks do not handle that well and they are harder to stop or slow down;
- The garbage truck driver’s blind spots;
- The high center of gravity on these waste disposal trucks increases the risk of the waste truck rolling over;
- If the truck is carrying hazardous waste, it may catch on fire and be set ablaze in the event of a crash with another vehicle;
Damages following a Manhattan Garbage Truck Accident
- Physical injury as well as past, present and future pain and suffering;
- Past, current and future lost wages;
- Cost of future medical care and other related expenses;
- Your vehicle’s property damage.
Injuries Sustained Following a Crash with a Manhattan Sanitation Truck
- Fractured bones
- Herniated or Bulging Disks in the Neck or Back
- Injuries which may require surgery
- Lacerations and subsequent scarring
How Much Time is There to File a Claim?
If you are in an accident in Manhattan with a vehicle owned by the City of New York, such as a Department of Sanitation truck, you only have ninety (90) days from the date of the accident to file what is known as a Notice of Claim. A Manhattan Garbage Truck Lawyer is familiar with these time requirements.
What Should I Do After a Manhattan Garbage Truck Accident?
If you have been involved in an accident with a sanitation truck, there are some things you should do right away:
- Seek immediate medical attention;
- Call 911, or have someone else at the scene dial 911, and get a police report filled out;
- Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident;
- Try to get a description of the operator of the Garbage truck driver (approximate height, weight, race, gender and age)
- Get the license plate number of the Sanitation Truck.
How Can a Manhattan Garbage Truck Accident Lawyer Help Me?
After an accident, contact the Manhattan truck accident lawyers at Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. for a free consultation. There is no upfront fee. In fact, we litigate the case and pay expenses upfront so there is never any cost to you. The legal fee is a percentage of the money we collect on your behalf.