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UPDATE: Lodi Garbage Truck Accident Injured Five People On Highway 99


Aug 20, 2019

Waste Management Garbage Truck Involved In Lodi Accident: Lodi Garbage Truck Accident Injured Five People On Highway 99

LODI, CALIFORNIA (August 20, 2019) – At least three people were injured in a Waste Management garbage truck accident on Highway 99. 

California Highway Patrol are saying that the accident took place in the morning. The Waste Management garbage truck was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed when it was unable to stop in time and hit a pickup truck. 

At some point the Garbage Truck crashed into the center divider before hitting a railroad crossing. 

The force of the garbage truck accident pushed the pickup truck into three other vehicles. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. 

Three of the cars in the crash sustained major damage. It remains unclear if the Waste Management garbage truck driver will be cited. 

Liability In Garbage Truck Accidents

All garbage truck operators have a legal responsibility to drive their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. According to California Vehicle Code 22350, “No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” If a driver rear-ends another vehicle that is fairly strong evidence that they were either:

  • Distracted
  • Intoxicated
  • Speeding
  • Fatigued
  • Following the lead vehicle too closely

According to Waste 360, “The reality is that the specialized equipment needed on garbage and recycling collection trucks makes them unusually heavy, even when empty. In addition, these heavy-duty, short haul trucks constantly stop and go while on their routes, burning fuel and gaining weight as they collect materials.” This is why it is so important for garbage truck operators to get the training that they need and drive at a speed compliant with state and federal regulations. 

If a garbage truck driver was negligent and rear-ends another vehicle the company or city that they work for could be held at fault. Employers are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties.  A number of cities outsource waste disposal to third party companies that don’t always have the safest driving records. Commercial trucks that need federal filing are required by the FMCSA to carry between $750,000 to $1,000,000 worth of liability coverage

Any person that is injured in an accident due to the negligence of a garbage truck driver may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Most accident victims will not even realize the full extent of their injuries until several weeks later. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal rights are. It doesn’t cost anything to hire an attorney and they only get paid if they are able to successfully resolve your case. 

Getting Help After A Lodi Waste Management Garbage Truck Accident

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to all of those that were injured in this garbage truck accident in Lodi. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the California Highway Patrol. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured due to the negligence of a garbage truck driver? You may be entitled to  compensation for your injuries. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get all of the legal and medical support that they need to fully recover. Whether you just have questions about the law or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285. 

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