New York Garbage Truck Vehicle Accident
If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a garbage truck crash or other traffic accident anywhere in the Hudson Valley area, including Kingston, Marlboro and Ulster, contact a dedicated commercial and municipal truck accident attorney at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, for a consultation with one of our attorneys. We will pursue your claims against private commercial waste collection companies, insurance companies, municipal agencies, and any other parties who should be responsible for compensating you and your family for your injuries, your pain and suffering, your medical expenses, and other legal damages.
Who Is Liable After a Garbage Truck Accident?
If you or someone you care about was hurt in an accident with a garbage truck, one of the first steps is to determine who is liable. In the typical car crash case, the answer is usually clear: the negligent driver who caused the accident. When that driver worked for another company, however, the answer can be more complex.
Depending upon where you live, waste collection may be administered by the town, city, or county. Alternatively, waste collection may be outsourced to private commercial waste disposal companies. If you or your family member were hit by a garbage truck as a vehicle driver, cyclist or pedestrian, you and your attorney need to determine which company or municipality owns and operates the truck.
If it’s a private waste management company and their driver caused the wreck, you have a claim against the company; employers are responsible for the actions of their employees when they were acting within the scope of their employment. If the garbage truck belongs to the city, you may have a claim against the relevant city sanitation agency. Claims against the government involve special procedures, shorter time limits, and other special rules. Make sure to discuss your case with an experienced truck accident attorney to ensure you hold the property parties responsible and do not miss out on your chance to file a claim against the appropriate party.
There might even be other parties involved. If the accident was caused because of a defective part on the garbage truck, you could have a claim against the truck’s manufacturer. A seasoned garbage truck crash lawyer can investigate the circumstances of your accident, determine who can and should be held liable, and help you build your case.
Recovering Compensation After a Garbage Truck Crash
If you’ve been hit by a garbage truck, you likely suffered a serious injury. Garbage truck and other large truck crashes often lead to catastrophic injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe cuts and bruises
- Nerve damage
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Spinal cord damage
Depending upon who is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to collect damages including:
- Medical expenses, both past and future
- Lost wages while recovering
- Loss of future earning capacity due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Wrongful death
An experienced garbage truck crash attorney at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP can help you understand the value of your claim and how you can maximize your compensation. Act soon so as not to lose out on your rights.
Call a Dedicated New York Personal Injury Lawyer for Assistance With Your Hudson Valley Garbage Truck Crash Injury Claim
For a free consultation on your possible garbage truck crash claim, contact the zealous truck accident attorneys at the New York personal injury law firm Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, in Kingston at 845-331-4100 or in Marlboro at 845-236-4411.